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Featured Blog: Nest Egg

NAME: Rachel Halvorson
BLOG: Nest Egg
WHY WE THINK NEST EGG ROCKS: Blogger Rachel Halvorson is an interior designer in Nashville, Tennessee, who expresses her artistic vision daily via Nest Egg, sharing pretty, practical ideas for your home. She brings a unique design perspective, beauty within budget, and provides inspiration and entertainment to spare!


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Featured Blog: Progressive Pioneer

NAME: Amy Thompson
BLOG: Progressive Pioneer
WHY WE THINK PROGRESSIVE PIONEER ROCKS: If you're looking for a blog that covers sustainable living, urban homesteading, attachment parenting and healthy eating, all wrapped up in a fantastic design, then look no further than Amy Thompson's Progressive Pioneer. With daily posts on everything from recipes, to sewing, to interviews and giveaways, this is one well-rounded resource!


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Featured Blog: Sorta Crunchy

NAME: Megan Tietz
BLOG: Sorta Crunchy
WHY WE THINK SORTA CRUNCHY ROCKS: Blogger and author Megan Tietz is a woman on a mission. As a mom-blogger, she writes about gentle, spirit-led parenting, hands out all sorts of tips for other advice-seeking moms, and offers peeks into her every day family life. She also advocates green living, proffering ideas, resources and solutions for those looking to live an environmentally conscious life. Truly a lifestyle blog with a little something for everyone, Sorta Crunchy also features discussions on fashion and pop-culture, literature and homekeeping.


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Attention Internet Explorer Users Unable To Insert Images And Files!

UPDATE: We are working on resolving the issue with Internet Explorer and the Aviary editor. We believe we're on the right track and will have a solution soon.

In the meantime, we have rolled Aviary back so that it is only enabled for Beta accounts again. We hope this helps relieve the unexpected frustrations that arose for Internet Explorer users.

If you still have issues uploading images in Internet Explorer, and are a Beta user, you can update the Get Satisfaction thread with your findings to help us continue to troublehsoot or temporarily remove yourself from the Beta team until we've fixed the behavior. To remove yourself from Beta, go to Account, uncheck the Beta option, and save your changes.

We apologize and appreciate your continued patience while we are working on a fix for this issue. You can follow the Get Satisfaction thread to stay up to date on issues.

If you are using Internet Explorer as your preferred browser, you may need to clear your browser's cookies and cache to make sure you are not working in compatibility mode. While previously compatibility mode in Internet Explorer was required, the release of the new image editing tools removed the requirement of compatibility mode in Internet Explorer.

A majority of Typepad bloggers have the new image editing tools. If you are not experiencing any problems uploading images and other files, you may not need to clear your browser cookies yet.

To clear cookies in Internet Explorer:

1. In Internet Explorer, open the Tools menu and select Internet Options.

2. Click to the General tab if not already selected.


Internet Options


3. Under Browsing History, click the Delete.

4. Check the boxes for Temporary Internet Files and Cookies.


Delete Browsing History


5. Click Delete to start the process of removing the cookies and cached files. You will see a pop-up message in your browser when the process is finished.

6. Click OK to close the window.

Clearing the cookies and cache in Internet Explorer will resolve any issues you are having uploading files to your account or rearranging sidebar content on your blog. You only have to clear your browser's cookies and cache once.

We do recommend using Firefox as your browser for best results when using Typepad, but you can choose Internet Explorer or any of the supported browsers on the list in the Knowledge Base to edit your blog.

Featured Blog: Cranky Pressman

NAME: Keith Berger
BLOG: Cranky Pressman
WHY WE THINK CRANKY PRESSMAN ROCKS: Cranky Pressman is an online letterpress service run by The Graphic Touch Letterpress Company, a commercial printer based in Salem, Ohio. Keith Berger has owned and run the business since 1984, after taking over from its original owners, who founded the shop in 1934. Today, Cranky Pressman houses information and news for the company, including a lovely (if infrequent) blog, information about their papers and inks, and a rather excellent Letterpress Trade School, with plenty of tips for the budding Pressman.


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Weekend Project: Replace your banner with a fancy image slideshow

This weekend's project is for Basic Templates but because there's Custom CSS involved, you'll need to be at the Pro Unlimited plan to implement it on your blog. Upgrade if you aren't currently taking advantage of the Pro Unlimited plan.

Slideshows are a great way to show off groups of images without taking up a lot of space on a site. They haven't always been easy to set up, though. Fortunately, we have simple code that you can add to your blog via the Advanced area in the Navigation Bar.

Continue reading "Weekend Project: Replace your banner with a fancy image slideshow" »

Ramping up the Zemanta integration

Hey, remember when we told you about how we integrated Zemanta into the compose experience? The beta testing of Zemanta was hugely successful, with thousands of Recommend Links having been generated and inserted into posts. 

Due to the success of the integration in its beta state, we are now ramping up access to Zemanta across all English language accounts. 

Feel free to reach out if you have feedback you'd like to share with the community. We hope you'll continue to use and enjoy the Recommend Links feature. 

Introducing Tonic, a new theme from TypePad

Tonic - New Theme from TypePad

Today we're introducing Tonic, the latest in our series of brand new themes that are designed with your content in mind.

Coming in ten different color combinations, Tonic is a fun, new theme that could work well for all blog types.

All Tonic Theme Color Variations
Top Left-Right: Khaki, Dark Green, Purple, Pink, Orange
Bottom Left-Right: Gray, Light Green, Turquoise, Coral, Blue

Here's why we think you'll like Tonic:

  • Comes with all five classic layouts;
  • Has a visually interesting background for some pop;
  • The wide column is perfect for images, videos, or showcasing your text;
  • Set a post to be featured and it'll stand out as a great way to grab your readers' attention;
  • Requires only 4 lines of CSS in the Custom CSS screen to make a full color change.

Ready to give your blog a great new look? Go to Design > Choose A Theme and apply Tonic today!

Interested in knowing the exact steps taken to create the Tonic theme? Check out our Making Of... page to review the steps and submit your own color variations for Tonic. Go a few steps further and use our CSS framework to build and submit a theme if you'd like us to consider offering it to all TypePad users!

Featured Blog: We Know Stuff

NAME: Denine Anderson-Regan & Daniele Anderson Stringer
BLOG: We Know Stuff
WHY WE THINK WE KNOW STUFF ROCKS: We Know Stuff is a family-focused blog written by sisters Denine and Daniele, who focus on fantastic features, including insider tips to the best places to visit on Long Island with your family, delicious kitchen-tested recipes, fun crafts for kids, easy gardening projects, and simple ideas about giving back to our communities.


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A New Design to Keep Blog Visitors Buzzing


Rhonda loves gardening and uses her blog, The Garden Buzz, to share her passion with others. Recently, Rhonda decided to revamp her blog's design so she reached out to the TypePad blog services team and we set her up with a Design Creation Service. We created a new banner from images that Rhonda provided, and a matching design. We even set up new social media icons that go well with the design. The end result is gorgeous.

Looking to give your blog's design a new lease on life? Sign up now and let us know what you're looking for. And don't forget to check out The Garden Buzz if you love gardening.

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