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Celebrate Puppy Bloggers!

National Puppy Day

March 23rd, 2018 is National Puppy Day. We would like to spotlight all the great puppies (and dogs, because all dogs are puppies!) who help you blog. During the day we will be spotlighting our puppy bloggers with links to their Typepad blogs on our social media sites. 

Click on the button below to submit your pooch picture and your blog information. See you March 23rd! 

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Random Acts of Kindness Winners

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Thank you to all those that participated in our Random Acts of Kindness Week! Either by sharing our discount code or by entering our drawing for one of five $20 credits. Today we are announcing the winners! 

Drum Roll Please!!!!

And the 5 lucky winners are..... 

Kevin A from Kapgar

Kapgar

Jan E from Wibbo's Words

Wibbos Words

Jerome M from 4216: The First Fifty Years

4216 The First Fifty Years

Paul T from PT at Large

PT at Large

Carol B from Minding Our Elders

Minding Our Elders

Thanks again for all those who participated. Take a moment to read the winning blogs. Be inspired!


Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week

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This week we want to share some kindness to all our new and existing bloggers! 

New Bloggers

To all our new Typepad bloggers we are providing an extended free trial to help you get your blog up and running. Our 14 day free trial will extend to 30 days and you will not have to enter a credit card. Go to our Pricing page to select the package that is best for you. Discount can only be used on Basic, Plus, and Unlimited Packages. After you have selected your package, you will be asked to create your account. In the discount section add RAK2018. The code is valid until Feb 17th, 2018.

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Share with your readers so they can become bloggers!

Be part of the Typepad community and share your voice. Use the discount code when you start your blog between today (2/14/2018) and the discount's end date (2/17/2018) #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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We know adding a credit card can be a big commitment. For #RAKWeek we are removing the credit card requirement when you enter our discount code. Start your blog and join the Typepad community. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 (Link to be added later)

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Existing Bloggers

What a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 credits that will be added to your account? Enter today by filling out our quick survey and provide us with your blog information. This is only for existing bloggers who have an open and active account. All winners will be announced Tuesday Feb 20th, 2018.

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Share this with all your fellow Typepad bloggers!  

Are you a Typepad blogger? Enter to get a $20 credit added to your account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018 

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Are you felling lucky? We bet you are. Enter to have a $20 credit added to your Typepad account. #CaptureKindness #RAKWeek2018

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Interview with Greg Kieszkowski from Ten Minas

Typepad's Interview with Greg Kieszkowski

You may have seen Greg’s picture here a few times. He has written an amazing piece about the myth of writer's block and his blog was one of our featured blogs. We loved his blog, Ten Minas, and his writing so much we wanted to know more about him and his blog. He was gracious enough to let us interview him so he can share his insight with the rest of the Typepad community.

Ten Minas is part motivation, part reflection, part personal experience. Inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, Greg started his own blog and revived his passion for writing. 

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog?

My name is Grzegorz Kieszkowski (Greg) and I was born on August 12, 1972, in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I was born at an interesting time in history, and in an interesting place. My father was a political prisoner and a member of the Solidarity movement. His resistance left us no choice but to seek refuge outside of Poland, and so on Janaury 9th, 1985, we were welcomed in Canada, and it is here, in the beautiful little town of Cobourg, Ontario, that I now make my life.

I have always been in love with literature and writing in particular, but instead of doing what I love, I compromised and became a High School English teacher. (Close, but not close enough). It was the safe and prudent thing to do at the time, and I don’t really regret it. Teaching has given me a great life so far, but after eighteen years, I feel restless, and I’m once again, deeply drawn to writing, which is how tenminas.ca was born.

I read Seth Godin’s book The Icarus Deception, in January of 2017. I decided, when I was finished, to test his theory that writers-block is a myth. I now know that it is because I write everyday. No excuses. Without fail. Some days the words fit better, on others, they could use a bit more finesse.

I am very grateful that I can team up with Typepad, as my partner in crime. Pretty much everyone I asked suggested and told me that the world has gathered on Wordpress, but all I know is that the people at Typepad are nothing short of wonderful, and everything works flawlessly. I guess the world is where you want to be.

The title tenminas.ca is a personal reference to the parable of the talents. I don’t want to go into much depth on the significance of the parable, but lets just say, if you know the parable, I am now working all of my ten talents, instead of burying or only working with one.

2) What is your process for writing a blog post?

I have made a commitment to write every day and so I do. Monday to Friday I write a full post, aiming for about 500 words. On Saturday and Sunday, I find a meaningful quote, and offer a personal reflection. I write my blog at 5:30 am. I am always unprepared. I never know what I am going to say or what is going to come out, but inevitably a single idea raises her hand, and I puruse that idea for as long as I can.

There is really nothing mystical or magical about the act of writing. It’s just a matter of hard work. You need to make a commitment to dig your ditch; one keystroke at a time. The mystical or magical part, comes after, when you look at what you created, and wonder where it all came from?

3) What is the funniest thing that has happened to your blog?

I guess I’ll need more readers to have funny stories. So far, it has been a pretty lonely experience, but people are beginning to join the journey, one person at a time.

4) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

I love the simplicity of the layout. The dependability and the simplicity of the templates. I have decided to just stick with something for a while, and let my words speak for themselves. But if I had to pick, I would say the best feature are the people behind the scenes. They are very dependable. They are friendly and have a lot of passion. They have a love for blogging and writing, and want all their bloggers to be successful.

 

5) What is the most important thing you have learned from blogging?

I have learned that we are our own worst critics. We judge ourselves too harshly and than become numb and shy to share our thoughts with the world. It is a lot easier to be a copy editor than a writer, but it's never going to be as rewarding.

There is no reason to be afraid of anything, especially the critics. But its really important to silence our own critical voices of resistance first, before we get at the critics, outside our mind.

6) You have a few minutes, what is your go to tip about blogging?

Dig your ditch!

It’s a mantra I repeat every day. My tip is simple. Do the work. Dream out loud. Say what you’re going to do. Plan it and then do it. Dig your ditch. No matter if it’s summer or winter. Daytime or nighttime. If you’re sick or you’re well. If you’re happy or sad. Tired or well rested. Don’t worry about the quality. Don’t worry about yesterday or tomorrow. There will be time for that. Worry about your ditch. If you don’t dig it, when it rains, you will be out of luck.

7) What blogs do you follow?

I get inspired by Seth Godin’s blog, which relentlessly uplift my soul, every morning. A close second is the blog run by Tim Ferris.

8) What is one goal for your blog in the next 6 months?

My goal is to grow my readers, because I want to awaken their talents and hear their stories. The world needs more good men and women to connect with each other in a truly meaningful way. We have never lived in such an excting time and so full of possibilities. I need help to grow my readership, because if I cannot do that, I can do very little, talking to myself.

I will be putting together the best 75 blog posts from 2017, and will be releasing them in book by the end of the summer.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! 

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5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

5 Things To Do For Your Blog in 2018

It is a new year and everyone is thinking about what to improve. You can improve many things, but we recommend you focus on your blog. We complied a list of five things you can do to take your blogging to the next level!

Go Mobile

In 2018 more and more people will be on their phones (they are pretty amazing after all). You want to make sure your blog is easy to read on a mobile device. Typepad is here to make it easy to switch over to a mobile theme. You can use our new Design Lab to customize one of our mobile templates. We recommend you create a test blog and design a new mobile theme. Once your design is complete, you can apply it to your main blog.

Custom Domain

A domain should be simple and easy for your readers to remember. You want a domain that tells your reader exactly what your blog is about. Typepad lets you purchase a unique domain and map it to your blog. To purchase a domain, click on the Accounts tab, then Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in your domain and click on Check Availability. If your domain is available you can purchase it and apply it to your blog.

Blog Goals

Goals can  give you focus for the year. Create three goals for your blog; one short term goal, one intermediate goal, and one long term goal. Creating the goals may be the easy part. The next, and maybe the hardest part, is breaking the goal down into steps that you can keep track of. The steps should have measurable results and a time frame. Our best advice for you is to write down your goals and your steps. Use a program like Wunderlist to keep track of your progress.

Learn New Things

When you are comfortable with your blog that is when complacency kicks in. It is important to learn new things to help grow and get out of our comfort zone. Learn something new about your blogging subject or learn something new about blogging (like adding an image gallery to your blog posts or create a YouTube channel and start posting videos through Typepad). Use what you have learned and share it with your readers. Show them you are an expert and they can trust your blog.

Read A Book

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” -Stephen King

When you read you increase your vocabulary and cognitive skills. Reading books will greatly influence your writing. You can read a book about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. The point is to read. Reading helps you get inspiration for your own writing. After you read something you gain knowledge you can use in your own writing. Two great books that come highly recommend to help with writing are Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and Everybody Writes by Ann Handley.

What is on your 2018 checklist for your blog? Share in the comments to inspire others! 


Design Lab: Adding A Banner

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We are continuing our series exploring our new Design Lab for our mobile themes. Previously we walked through how to apply fonts to customize your blog. Now, let's focus on the banner for your blog. 

Your blog’s banner is the first thing readers see and a visual representation of your blog. You want a custom banner that clearly shows your blog’s name and logo. When you are using the Design Lab you have two choices. You can use a banner image or a text banner.

Adding An Image Banner

To add the image banner, click on the Blogs tab, then click on Design. Click on the Banner tab on the left. Upload your image. You have two options for the span of the banner:

Span the width of the blog:
Recommended image dimensions
Width: 1140px Height: 250px
Span the width of the browser:
Recommend image dimensions
Width: 1400px Height: 250px

 


Banner options with imageAfter you upload the image and select the span, click on Save Changes.

Next, click on the Style tab, then Banner (on the right under Fonts). When you add your own image you can change the color of the top strip above the navigation bar (if you do not want the Top Strip, change it to be the same color as your background color). You can also decide if you want to show the banner from the blog.

Tip: Don't have a banner image? Read our article about using Canva or Picmonkey. These are great online image editor that help you customize or create the perfect banner for your blog. 

Customizing Your Text Banner


Text BannerIf you do not add an image, your blog banner will be your blog title and the description. From the Style page, click on the Banner tab (on the right, under Fonts). Here you can change the text font/color and change the background color. You can also decide to hide the text and description from the blog.

Tip: You can update the Title and Description of your blog under the Settings tab.

 

 

 

Banners are a great way to show off your creativity and represent what your blog is about. If you have additional questions about our Design Lab please contact our support team. We are always happy to help! 

Make sure to check back with us for more information about our new Design Lab. Stay in contact through our RSS feed or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 


Happy Chanukah, Celebrate With An Extended 30 Day Free Trial

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Typepad would like to wish all our Jewish bloggers  and anyone else who is celebrating Chanukah this year a 

Happy Chanukah! 

In honor of Chanukah we would like to offer new bloggers an extended 30 day trial! Sign up for our Plus or Unlimited package to start blogging today. After your free trial you will be prompted to add your debit/credit card to the account (you can also pay with PayPal!). The promotion will be valid from Dec 12th to 20th, 2017 and is only available for new Typepad accounts. 

Use promotion code CHANUKAH2017 when you create your new account.

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Share with your followers to spread the love.  

Happy Chanukah! Typepad is extending their free trial for 30 days! Check it out!

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Celebrate Chanukah with Typepad! Use their promo code to get an extended free trial.

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I love Typepad and you will too! Celebrate Chanukah and start a blog with their special promotion.

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Happy Chanukah!


Save 60% On .Info Domains

Save 60% On Info Domains

Logic Box (our partner for Typepad Domains) is offering a discount we want to share with you. When you buy an .info domain you will receive a 60% discount. You can purchase your domain easily through Typepad and apply it to your blog. You have until December 31st, 2017 to purchase your .info domain from Typepad.

To Purchase Your Domain

Click on the Accounts tab, then click on Domain Mapping. Under Domain Mapping, type in the domain you want. From the drop down, select info, then click on Check Availablility.

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If the domain is available, you will see the discounted price. Click on Select to purchase your domain.Domain Mapping Step Two

Domain Mapping Step ThreeTip: We recommend you purchase Privacy Protection for your domain. This will shield your personal information from data miners that could use our information to contact you for their services. Before you check out, click on Add Privacy Protection. In the pop up, click on the toggle to turn it on. This will be a $4.50 charge and click on Save Settings. Privacy Protection is not part of the discount.

Domain Mapping Step FourOnce you have selected your purchase, click on Checkout. You will need to quickly create an account with Logic Box. Once you have an account (this is separate from your Typepad account), you can select to pay with PayPal or use your Typepad account. Last, click Pay Online.

You will be taken back to Typepad to approve the transaction. Click on the Approve button, then click on Complete Registration. After the registration is completed, you will be directed back to the Domain Mapping page.

Below Domain Map with Typepad, you will see your new domain. Click on Map a Typepad Domain. Add your subdomain (examples: www, blog) then select your new domain from the drop down. Next to My Blog, select the blog you want to map the domain to. Put a check next to Forward the non-www domain to this subdomain. Next, click on Begin Domain Mapping.

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Last, scroll down to Mapped Domains and click on Activate. We suggest that you wait for a little while before activating the mapping.

Now your blog has a great custom domain and you saved money!! Win Win!


Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Mobile Themes Rolling Out Of Beta

Users spend on average 69% of their media time on smartphones. (Source

A mobile responsive site looks professional and shows you care about your reader's experience on your site. Also, Google loves mobile responsive sites. So much so, they are prioritizing sites that are mobile responsive sites in search results.

We are excited to announce we are rolling out our Nimble Themes (mobile responsive themes) from Beta! They will now be available for everyone. We have 19 Nimble Themes for you to make your own. If you do not see the themes right away, you can join our Beta Team

Create A Test Blog

We know you are excited to get started and we've made it as easy as possible to get going. Before you jump in feet first for your main blog, we recommend you create a Test Blog. This will allow you to personalize one of our Nimble Themes before you apply it to your blog. Take your time with all the cool features and apply it when you are ready. No rush!

View Our Nimble Themes

Click on the Blogs tab, then the name of the blog. Click on the Design tab, then Choose Theme. On the left, click on Design Lab (Responsive). Here you will see all our Nimble Themes. Select the one that works best for your blog, then click on Choose.

Customize Your Theme

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Click on a tab to customize

After you have selected your Nimble Theme, click on the Style tab. Here you can customize your blog with your brand colors and fonts. There are many things you change about the design. When you select a color or font it will automatically apply to the preview design of your blog. 

What it looks like when you change the background colors.

 

After you personalize your blog, click on Save Changes.

Apply To Your Main Blog

Once your theme design is complete you can apply it easily to your main blog. Click on the Blogs tab, then click on the name of the blog you want to add the design to. Click on the Design tab. Under Your Design, find the design for your test blog. Click on Actions, then click Apply. Your new design will instantly be applied to your blog. Click on View Blog to see your new mobile responsive blog.

Resources

Below are resources from Everything Typepad and our Knowledge Base.

Make your blog mobile with these great templates!

What Mobile Designs Exist For Me to Use?

How Do I Switch to a Mobile Design?

25 Mobile Design Principles from Google

Design Lab: Adding Custom Fonts

Design Lab: Adding A Banner

Design Lab: Navigation Bar

Design Lab: Posts and Sidebar

Design Lab: Blog Footer and Background

Design Lab: View Collections

 

Nimble On Different Devices

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 After you have updated your blog to our new Nimble Themes, post a link in the comments! We would love to see what you have done! 

 


An Early Guide To The Shopping Holidays

An Early Guide To Shopping Holidays

It is so easy to put it off. The change to Fall, the crisp air, your need for a pumpkin spice latte. Go get one, we will wait…. They are good, right? Well, there is something you need to start thinking about if you make money off your blog.  Holiday Promotions. You guessed it. The shopping holidays are just around the corner and you should start preparing now. Your readers will want to know if you are planning any holiday promotions. Tease them early so they add you to their gift buying plan. We have gathered information from our sources into one place to help you get started. 

We know you would rather be enjoying an evening walk with loved ones, but if you do this planning now, you can walk with them more during the holiday season. 

Dates

The main shopping holidays to start planning for: 

Halloween Tuesday, Oct 31st
Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 23rd
Black Friday, Nov 24th
Small Business Saturday, Nov 25th
Cyber Monday, Nov 27th
Giving Tuesday, Nov 28th
Hanukkah Begins Tuesday, Dec 12th
Hanukkah Ends Wednesday, Dec 20th
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec 24th
Christmas Day Monday, Dec 25th
New Year's Day Sunday, Jan 1st

These are the main holidays that US customers expect to find promotions for. Use that to your advantage. These holidays encourage people to purchase gifts for their loved ones. 

You should have a plan for an overall promotion and each shopping holiday should have its own version of the promotion. If you are blogging for business, we recommend you take the time to think out a Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday strategy. These are the main shopping days readers plan for. Letting readers know you will be providing deals during these holidays will help them plan their shopping strategy.

Organizations to help you prepare

This is a one stop post to help you get started on your strategy. We did the research for you and prepared a list of places to start. Their websites are full of information that can help guide your holiday strategy. 

Small Business Saturday  Giving Tuesday

Create Material for your Small Business Saturday Promotions

Get your Community together for Small Business Saturday

Giving Tuesday Blog

Giving Tuesday's Tool Kit

Typepad Constant Contact

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Pre-Schedule Posts

Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Prepare for Cyber Monday

Prepare for Giving Tuesday

Constant Contacts Holiday Blog

Constant Contact Content Calendar

Hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to get found through social media. We have gathered a list of all the hashtags we could find for each of the shopping holidays and put them in an easy to read infographic for you to use! Use them along with your branded hashtags to help  promote your blog and deals. 

Holiday Season Hashtags
You will feel relieved after all the planning is done and you can sit back and relax during this holiday season. Now go get another pumpkin spiced latte as your reward, then let us know how you plan for these shopping holidays. What promotion strategies have worked for you in the past? What has not worked? What is your go to source to help get ideas for the coming shopping holidays? Share with your fellow Typepad Bloggers!