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A Year in Review: Spotlight Posts Module

What a year 2014 has been! We here at Typepad are committed to making Typepad a better service each day, and we've been busy as bees releasing new features and improving the system overall.  This includes offering new themes, adding entirely new features, and more, all the while implementing your own feedback and suggestions.

As a blogger, we'd bet you're always looking for new and unique ways to draw attention to your content. Previously, if you wanted to highlight certain posts in your sidebar, you'd do that manually with a TypeList. With the new Spotlight Posts feature, the work is all done for you. Just give the module a name, select a category to feature, and you're all set. 

Configuring the Spotlight Posts module

The module is great for highlighting any specific content you want to draw readers' attention to. You can use it for new posts that are getting lots of comments, recent posts that have been super popular, or even old favorites that haven't gotten the love they deserve. You can even add multiple Spotlight Posts modules to your sidebar to highlight more than one category.

To see this type of Spotlight in action, check out the "Readers' Favorites" module on Cranks My Tractor. Writer and storyteller BN Heard was looking for ways to highlight his most popular posts. We added the module as part of a Blog Tune-up Service and we think it fits the bill perfectly.

Are you using the Spotlight Posts feature on your blog? Leave a comment and tell us how you're using it - you might just inspire another subscrber to check it out!


Featured Shop: Hipster Haberdasher

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Jona Giammalva is a sewing pattern design and addicted to fabric. Her blog is dedicated to sewing at Stop Staring And Start Sewing! You can witness her sewing skills in her shop Hipster Haberdasher where she sells tablet and laptop covers using fun pattern materials. Protect your Macbook with style using one of her Padded Case Sleeves.

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Featured Shop: Amy Karol

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Amy Karol is a maker, artist, and crafter with many handmade interests she shares on her blog, Angry Chicken. She has been making art and organic beauty products for herself for a while and is now sharing these goods with everyone in her shop selling oils and other cosmetics. Can't decide on one? This customized box set would make a great and practical gift.

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Featured Shop: T-Party Antiques

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Susan curates her shop with lovely antique, vintage and handmade goods for the home at The T.Party Antiques. The "Cottage Chic" person in your life would love this Farmhouse Pottery Pitcher. You can keep updated with her latest findings at her blog The T.Cozy.

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Typepad On Pinterest: Soulemama

Did you know Typepad is on Pinterest? It's true! We love pinning and repinning great content from Typepad blogs in every genre, and we're always looking for great, inspirational content. Are you on Pinterest? Drop your link in the comments, and don't forget to follow Typepad right here! If you're not on Pinterest yet, check it out - it's a great way to promote your blog and connect with others!

Want some inspiration? Check out our featured pinner, Soulemama

Amanda Blake Soule is a mother of five, blogger, magazine editor and book writer. Soulemama gives you a peek into their lives while staying creative and finding peace and harmony in their Western Maine farmhouse.

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FOLLOW: Blog | Pinterest

Want to promote your pinterest account on your Typepad blog? Just go to Blogs > Content and add the Pinterest Widget to your Sidebar via the center menu. While you're there, make your blog posts "pinable" by adding the Pin It button to your post footers.

Want even more? Learn how to promote your blog on Pinterest and follow Typepad at www.pinterest.com/typepad.


Featured Shop: Girly Geek Chic

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Handmade jewelry is a great way to go when looking for one-of-a-kind gifts. Deborah of Girly Geek Chic combines the world of Geekdom and Girly by creating unique pieces of jewelry like this Legend of King Arthur Book Necklace.

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Featured Shop: Studio Pebbles

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

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Jennifer Pebbles designs printable downloads available for paper crafters at her shop Studio Pebbles including these Christmas Cheer Notes. You can get more craft project ideas from her blog also titled Studio Pebbles.

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Featured Shop: A Fanciful Twist

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses.

AftLong time Typepad blogger Vanessa Valencia shares her whimsical and fairy tale visions on her blog A Fanciful Twist.  She shares her artwork in her Etsy shop, by the same name, where there are greeting cards, prints, and more featuring her original artwork. Treat your friends and family to one of her unique cards like her Holiday Tea set.

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Featured Shop: Wee Wonderfuls

Throughout the month of December, we'll be featuring a shop a day from the Typepad Gift Shop! Run by Typepad bloggers, these shops are a great way to check items off of your Christmas shopping list while supporting small businesses. Let's get started!

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Toy designer Hilary Lang and her shop, Wee Wonderfuls, are well known for offering colorful, sweet sewing and cross-stitch patterns, embroidery stitchettes, and paper goods to delight kids and adults alike. Be sure to pick up her Farm Folk X-Stitchettes for the clever cross-stitcher on your list!

The Gift Shop at Typepad!