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Seen On Typepad: We Learn From Adversity

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Seen on Typepad highlights new and interesting posts from our community of Typepad bloggers, enjoy!

We Learn From AdversityFrom Jane Redfern

I once rode a beautiful but challenging horse around a track at an outdoor school. I knew it was a very difficult horse to ride and that it was very sensitive and easily spooked. The track was in a circle and was bordered by an 8ft broadleaf hedge with a gap a few metres wide for access. Unfortunately, as I was riding around the track some people suddenly appeared in the opening laughing and making a lot of noise.
>>Read more at Jane Redfern


Seen On Typepad: Using Words And Images Together

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Seen on Typepad highlights new and interesting posts from our community of Typepad bloggers, enjoy!

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From Christy & Amanda at Joy Clair

Today I am sharing a quick and easy way of using your scraps. I often have piece[s] of cardstock where I test ink colours and effects on. These then become card backgrounds or I use them on my layouts cut into tags and even die-cut shapes out of them. Today I am showing you how I use it as a quick card background.
>>Read more at Joy Clair.


Typepad Loves Authors!

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Did you know that Typepad is home for many writers and authors? If you have written a book, your blog is a great way to promote it! Today we want to share with you how a few Typepad bloggers promote their books on their blog. 

Create A Typelist

Church of the Churchless created a Books Typelist to list their books in their sidebar with a small thumbnail image.

Books Typelist from Church of the Churchless

A Typelist can be created by going to Library > Typelist > Add a Typelist, and select "Books" for the type of Typelist you want to create. After you give your list a name, click the "create a Typelist" button.  There are two options to add your book to the list - enter the URL of it's listing from another website like Amazon, or you can manually enter the book title or link.  The "Notes" field is optional but Weaverly takes advantage of this option by adding a brief description of their books.

You can add your new Typelist to your blog sidebar by going to Design > Content > Categories > Your Typelists. Under "Modules", select your new Typelist and add it to your sidebar.

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Abscondo has a link to their eBook in their Navigation Bar as well as larger images uploaded in their sidebar.  To add a direct link in your Navigation Bar, go to Design > Content > Navigation Bar - click the pencil icon to edit this module. In the pop-up window, insert your book link.  

Sidebar Image

Leigh Kramer also uses Sidebar Images to promote her book. Linking to a larger image in your sidebar is a great way to catch your readers attention.  Upload an image in your sidebar by selecting the "Add a sidebar image" module at Design > Content.  There is an option in the settings to add a link to your image.

Sidebar Image Upload from Leigh Kramer

Create A Page

If you want to share more information about your book(s), creating a Page is a great tool to add additional images and links for your book.  Go to Posts > Pages > New Page.  A page is not the same as a blog post as it is not date driven.  Its link can be used as a stand alone page you can link to in your Navigation Bar and sidebar.  

Jessica McCann created a separate page to add an embedded Amazon store. Meanwhile, Zoe Fishman uses a separate page to share reviews written about their books.

Embed An Amazon Store

Have you written a book and talk about it on your blog? Let us know by sharing your link in the comments! 


Typepad Loves Teachers!

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Blogging is a tool you can use to reach students and parents. There are many reasons to blog and all of them have to do with communication and learning. There are many Typepad teachers that use a blog for their lesson plans, as a resource for parents, and for extra help for students. Here are some examples of how teachers can use blogging to help their classrooms. If you make it to the bottom of the post, there is a special surprise waiting for all our teachers. 

1) Classroom Rules and Expectations

A blog is a great place to share the rules of the classroom/school and set expectations for the school year. Clearly define what you want to teach your students and what you expect from parents. This can be used as a reference throughout the school year. 

2) Communicate with Parents

Communication with parents is important. A blog is a great way to keep them informed with everything happening in your classroom. Your school is an active place and students may not be so forthcoming about the different activities. Parents can turn to your blog as another source to stay informed about everything going on in the school that affects your classroom. You can also showcase the great work your students do. They spend a lot of time working on their many projects. Showcasing their project in one place makes it shareable to family and friends. 

3) Dive deeper into subjects

Blogging is a great way to direct your students to dive deeper into a subject. You may only have time to give a general overview of a person, place, or idea in the classroom, a blog post can provide additional study material. Students who are interested in learning more, topical blog posts can provide them the opportunity to improve their understanding of the material.

4) Homework Help for Students and Parents

One struggle with homework is that students may not have anyone to ask for help. Your blog can provide instructions and examples for students and parents to use at home. This can give everyone another avenue to get help with homework. Also, this can be a chance for parents to brush up on subjects they may not remember. 

5) Teaching advice

While teaching you will learn a lot! You will try new things and stumble along the way. This advice is priceless for other teachers. Write about your successes and struggles. You are not alone teaching; share your experience and create a community of teachers to support each other. 

We want to hear from teachers and schools! Share your teacher, classroom, or school blog with us in the comments. How do you use your Typepad blog to benefit students and parents? What would you add to our list above? 

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As a special thanks to teachers, we have a surprise. Create a ticket in your account sharing with us your blog about teaching students or your school. We will add a discount to your account, 25% off for the next year. The discount will be applied to the next billing cycle. The only requirement is the blog most have something to do with teaching students in school. 

Expires: 12/31/2019


Interview with Dr. Steven Mintz from Ethics Sage

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Ethics Sage provides amazing guidance and insight into the days ethical questions. Written by Dr. Steven Mintz, from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, his blog was recently named one of the Top 20 Philosophy Blogs in 2019 by Voucher.co.id. It is not hard to see why.  Dr. Mintz does an amazing job writing in a way that is easy to read and connecting the information to what is happening today. We wanted to know more about Ethics Sage so we asked! We hope you enjoy our interview with Dr. Mintz and can get some inspiration for your blog. 

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your blog? Is it just you writing your blog or do you have a team that helps?

I am a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I started blogging under the name “Ethics Sage” twelve years ago to share my thoughts about ethics in society, the workplace and in higher education. For the most part I am the only one taking care of writing blogs, but do use guest bloggers for my Workplace Ethics Advice blog. Readers are also free to send me questions and I answer them without divulging any names.

2) Why did you start your blog? Can you tell us the back story to Ethics Sage? How did you get that name?

Academic publishing appeals to a limited group of readers. I started blogging to reach a broader commercial audience. Blogging is my way to contribute to the dialogue about how we can enhance the well-being of ourselves and others by following an ethical path. I chose the name Ethics Sage because the purpose of my blogs is to share my wisdom on all things ethical.

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

Writing a blog post begins with identifying a topic of interest to the community. I read the news feeds every morning to get ideas. Next, I outline the points I want to make limiting myself, whenever possible, to 500-700 words. I write the first draft, sleep on it, and review and post it the next day or later in the week.

4) How do you find fresh ethical, philosophical ideas to write about?

There’s no problem finding fresh ideas about ethics and philosophy. As a society, we have lost our moral compass and every day we learn about improper behavior by our political leaders, companies, sports figures, those in entertainment and so on. I also look for topics that related to civility, which is also in decline in society. I frequently write about civility along the lines that we, as a society, need to learn how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable.

5) What is your favorite feature in Typepad?

Typepad is simple to use and post to social media. As a non-techie, it’s important for me to navigate the system without needing a website support system. Typepad also has great customer service and responds to questions immediately.

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

Be sensitive to your audience and write what they want to read, not necessarily what I want to write about. Sometimes I will ask readers if there are any topics/controversial issues that they would like to learn more about or to find out about my thoughts on these matters.

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

There are five steps I use to guide my blogs that are transferable to other bloggers.

1) Write an engaging headline. Grab the attention of your readers right away.
2) Write short paragraphs. This helps improve the flow of your blog and it’s easier to read.
3) Use subheadings whenever possible. This helps to organize ideas and key readers about what’s coming next.
4) Use images. This tends to attract readers attention and help them decide whether to read your blog.
5) Spend time learning how to maximize your SEO ranking.

8) What blogs do you follow?

I follow blogs in my field. I subscribe to them and frequently make comments on their blogs to gain visibility for myself and my blogs. A word of caution here is that you have to limit the number of blogs you follow because it can consume a lot more time than you want or should spend.

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

I’ve just written a book on how ethics can help enhance one’s happiness and gain greater meaning in life. The book is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. It is available for sale on Amazon and on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). My goal is to use my blogging to build interest in my book and engage with my readers to learn what reading the book meant to them. In other words, the blogs should help market the book and the message of the book should guide me in future blogs.

11) Who or what inspires you to keep blogging?

I am inspired by my readers who have commented positively on the issues addressed in my blogs. I’m always looking to reach out to new audiences to gain exposure for my ideas and help readers improve their daily lives, relationships with family members and friends, workplace interactions and on social media. Even though my blogs are on ethics and philosophy, they are written in an engaging format – not preachy. Readers share their thoughts with me and their positive feedback keeps me blogging.

More about Ethics Sage

Ethics Sage addresses some of the most pressing issues facing society, how to develop an ethical workplace culture, and academic freedom and integrity. It has received awards for being the best in their field, including for philosophy, corporate social responsibility, and higher education. Readers can learn more about them on my website (stevenmintzethics.com). Readers can also sign up for my monthly newsletter on my website

More about Dr. Steven Mintz

Dr. Steven Mintz

Steven Mintz is a professor emeritus from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He received his doctoral degree from The George Washington University. A well-known researcher in ethics, Dr. Mintz has published dozens of articles on ethics in society, in business, and accounting ethics, as well as a textbook titled Ethical Obligations and Decision Making in Accounting: Text and Cases. His first book for a commercial audience is Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. Dr. Mintz has been recognized for his work, including the Accounting Exemplar Award from the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association, an award that distinguishes him as a role model to others.

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Featured Blog: The British Library

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Living Knowledge is the vision for the future of the British Library. It is why they contribute to research, culture, education, and prosperity to benefit not just the UK but everyone around the world. These blogs make their intellectual heritage accessible to everyone.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom. Their collection includes more than 150 million items, in over 400 languages. They have books, magazines, manuscripts, maps, music scores, newspapers, patents, databases, philatelic items, prints and drawings, and sound recordings.

Explore their collection today and stay up to date with Twitter. 

American Collections Blog
@UntoldLives

Asian And African Studies Blog
@BLAsia_Africa

Collection Care Blog
@BL_CollCare

Digital Scholarship Blog
@BL_DigiSchol

Endangered Archives Blog
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English And Drama Blog
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European Studies Blog
@BL_European

Innovation And Enterprise Blog

Living Knowledge Blog
@BLPolicy

Maps And Views Blog
@BLMaps

Medieval Manuscripts Blog
@BLMedieval

Music Blog
@BL_Classical

Science Blog
@ScienceBL

Social Science Blog

Sound And Vision Blog
@soundarchive

The Newsroom Blog
@BL_newsroom

UK Web Archive Blog
@UKWebArchive

Untold Lives Blog
@UntoldLives

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Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

Screen Shot 2019-05-14 at 6.12.01 PMJust Expressing Myself is written by Frances D. She blogs about her life, love, and anything of interest. Frances is now exploring Cape Cod, MA and making new friends.

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Tamie Ackerson is a Stampin' Up Demonstrator and Stamping With Tamie is her blog. She loves stamping and has been sharing her passion with people for the last 15 years!

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Glamping With Grampy is the life after work adventure as told by "Grampy."  Follow this blog and enjoy the life we all would love.

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Wise Woman Weblog is a place for women to share their articles, poems, thoughts, art, music, inspirations, and much more. Read the wisdom and share your own!

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Gluten Free Travel Blog is inspired by one mom and her son with Celiac Disease. Vacation can still be fun! This community shares grocery stores, restaurants, and more that accommodate gluten-free travelers.

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The General Situation is a blog about the life of Erik Torkells. Not centered around a specific theme but a letter from him to you about what is going on in his life. Open it up today.

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High School is full of amazing teachers. Everything Counts in Large Amounts is a blog about high school life from one teacher's point of view. Join Teri as she teaches her classes in a middle America high school.


Typepad Blogger Weekly Roundup

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Every week we share Typepad blogs that have caught our eye and been shared over social media.  Check them out!

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Join Diane at DDStamps as she shares her love of Stampin' Up! Get inspired and create beautiful cards for your friends and family. Nothing says love like handmade.

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Nature Speaks is a nature blog written to help everyone appreciate nature and all that there is on earth.

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Don't Get Me Started is a blog for everyone who loves satire, humor, politics and just plain ranting on what's going on in the world today. Read and enjoy the soapbox!

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Thought Changer is about provoking change in your life, one thought at a time. Written by Cindy Yantis, an essayist, novelist, and screenwriter.  Join the conversation today.

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French Word-A-Day is a great blog from Kristi. She writes weekly from her home in France. Created for maximum French learning, she share stories and books that are sprinkled with useful vocabulary and provide insights into real French life.

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The Hundred Little Dramas is starting to blog again! If you are a fan or new to their blog, check them out. The blog is full of thoughts, stories and adventures from a thoughtful hunter/gatherer.

And did you notice that French Word-A-Day, DD Stamps, and Nature Speaks use custom domains for their URLs? Learn more about how you can get a Custom Domain Name for your blog here