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Star City Blog

NAME: Dennis Kornbluh
BLOG: Star City Blog
WHY WE THINK STAR CITY BLOG ROCKS: Founded in January 2009 as a community journalism outlet to counter and complement Lincoln's mainstream media sources, Star City Blog focuses on features, culture and the arts in Southeast Nebraska, with a smattering of news coverage, as well. Now, Star City Blog serves as Lincoln's premier outlet for arts and culture stories, from theatre reviews to art galleries to musical projects, they feature a broad range of topics that won't be covered by any other local publication.


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Did You Know?: Explaining the Full Editor - Part II

Previously, we explained some of the lesser known icons in the full editor.  We wanted to explain a few more of them to you as well.


The Background Color button allows you to highligh the color of the background color behind your text. This is particularly useful if there's something you'd like to make stand out from the rest of your text.


The Strikethrough button will create a line through your text like this.  You could use this to mark items off of a to-do list, for example.


The Subscript button will make the selected text into a subscript, commonly used for items like chemical formulations. For instance, this is the chemical symbol for water: H2O


The Superscript button will make the selected text into superscript, which is useful for items like dates like March 26th, 2012.

We hope you found this useful! Check back every other week for more "Did You Know?" tips to help make your blog even better!

This Blog Makes Our A-List


Allison loves fashion and pop culture and shares her passion on her blog, The A-List. This spring she wanted to rev up her blog, so she contacted the TypePad Blog Services team about our Tune-Up Service. We set up social media sharing tools, optimized her sidebars, created a sleek new banner image and, as a bonus, set up a widget to display her recent photos from Flickr. The result is a great-looking blog with strong visual appeal.

Want to take your blog to the next level? With the Tune-Up Service, we evaluate your blog, make a series of recommendations, and then implement the recommendations for you. Plus, you get a new banner as part of the service. Interested? Sign up now! And don't forget to visit The A-List to see what's hot.

P.S. You can view this and many other great blogs in our portfolio.

Portland Urban

NAME: Urban Works Real Estate
BLOG: Portland Urban
WHY WE THINK PORTLAND URBAN ROCKS: Portland Urban is an online extension of Urban Works Real Estate, a pioneering and innovative brokerage firm that specializes in retail within Portland's urban neighborhoods and districts. Portland Urban is an active, interesting blog that helps build neighborhoods, connecting people to authentic, quality retailers that help provide a true sense of place for everyone.



Introducing Chunky, a new theme from Typepad

Chunky - a Typography theme

Today we're introducing Chunky, a fantastic new theme by TypePad that's based on beautiful typography. Like our previously released themes over the last several months, Chunky has been designed with your content in mind. With a minimal design, and a refreshing lack of graphics, Chunky is ideal for a wide range of blogs.

Here's why we think Chunky could be your new favorite theme:

  • Loads super quick since the design is text-based!
  • Displays large images beautifully.
  • Enhanced mobile viewing for folks on the go.
  • Features an extra clean, beautifully minimal design with lots of white space.
  • Showcases stunning fonts, suitable for a wide range of blog types and content.
  • Using a single column layout? Your blog footer is customizable and ready for content.

So, if you want a design that complements your content, go to Design > Choose A Theme and apply the Chunky theme today!

Picture my Realia

NAME: Jennifer Morrison
BLOG: Picture my Realia
WHY WE THINK PICTURE MY REALIA ROCKS: Picture my Realia is a 365 Project, with a twist - writer Jennifer Morrison focuses on shots depicting life in and around her city of Toronto, which is full of gorgeous color and interesting characters, which she captures beautifully. The blog serves as a companion to Realia, her main blog, where she focuses on writing captivating posts every day. The photos featured on Picture my Realia show Toronto at its most interesting!


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Featured Friday: Roundup!

Have you been over to the Featured Blog lately? We've been showcasing some fantastic lifestyle blogs over the past couple of weeks that are unique, beautifully designed, compelling reads anyone can relate to. Check out our list here, and click the image to visit the blog. Who knows - you might just find your new favorite!


Think your TypePad blog has what it takes to be featured? We want to know! Submit your blog (or a favorite TypePad blog) here!

Paper Crowns

NAME: Natasha Daly
BLOG: Paper Crowns
WHY WE THINK PAPER CROWNS ROCKS: Generally, a blog needs to make its bones, so to speak, before earning the honor of being featured, but every once in awhile an ingenue sweeps in and charms the academy. Such is the case with Paper Crowns. Blogger Natasha Daly presents carefully crafted, beautifully written slice-of-life posts that are full of gorgeous photos and plenty of heart, complementing the clean, modern design that she created herself. This hidden gem is a must-bookmark!


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See Saw

NAME: Liza Cowan
BLOG: See Saw
WHY WE THINK SEE SAW ROCKS: Culture generalist Liza Cowan has been blogging about art, ephemera, collecting, retail theater and history since 2007, bringing some well-researched fun and a little rabble rousing to her devoted readers on a daily basis. Cowan's background in art, curating and anthropology make See Saw a quirky, thoughtful read, and lots of great illustrations add a visual treat!


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Rolling Out to a Dashboard Near You!

We previously announced that we were beta testing a New and Improved Dashboard, which includes new quickpost features and feature improvements.

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With options for quickposting text, photo, video, and links, the Dashboard update is rocking brand new ways for you to publish a variety of content to your blog.

As the new Dashboard continues to be rolled out to all, you'll be able to:

  • use the improved "Find People to Follow" tool, which pulls in previously featured blogs;
  • and experience better stability and presentation of the Recent Activity stream, where recent posts, comments, and favorites from those you follow will appear.

Eager to get started but don't have the new Dashboard yet? Kill some time by reviewing the Knowledge Base article about the Dashboard, and finding some new friends to follow on Featured Typepad, so that you're ready to jump in, fingers first, when it shows up in your account!