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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 14:49

Are you into food? Like really into food? Then our newest theme is for you. It's called Gourmet and it has two style variations - Spicy and Sweet.

Gourmet Theme - Spicy Variation
Gourmet Theme - Spicy Variation

The theme is available for all account levels and it's built on our very cool Repsonsive framework, so it'll look great on any device. Give it a try by going to Blogs > Design > Choose a Theme and look for Gourmet in the listing.

Gourmet Theme - Sweet Variation
Gourmet Theme - Sweet Variation

Do you want your social media icons to show in the navigation bar, the way they're shown in the theme examples above? Just add your social accounts in Account > Other Accounts and then enable those for display in Blogs > Design > Content: Navigation Bar.

We're going to be adding more variations to the Gourmet theme soon, so we're wondering - what types of foods would you like to see featured? Let us know in the comments!

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Features, News"
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 14:58
Be a Better Blogger
Welcome to our series on common blogging mistakes, and how to avoid them. Every other week, we'll debut a new post designed to help you avoid mistakes that are common to both new and veteran bloggers, full of tips and tricks guaranteed to help you become an even more passionate, engaged blogger with a growing audience.

Typepad offers easy ways to add all types of content to your blog's sidebars - images, links to other sites and pretty much anything else you might want to include. The downside is that it's easy to add content to the sidebar and then forget about it. This can lead to slow load times, broken outbound links, and a blog that appears unkempt.

When we perform a Blog Tune-up Service, one of the very first things we check is the health of the blog's sidebars. You can do this yourself easily and it can help reduce clutter on your blog while improving load time.

At Blogs > Design > Content, you can see each item that you have set for the blog's sidebars. First, look at the general number of modules you have in the sidebars. If it's a lot (maybe more than 10 in each sidebar), it's time to consider getting rid of non-essential items. Some widgets and banners are only relevant for a specific time, so those are easy to remove.

Then, starting at the top, go through each item that's not a built-in function, like ads and outside links, and check for:

Correct HTML tags: Simply open the module, copy the code and paste it into a validation service. If there are incorrect tags, replace the old code with the corrected code and save. It's important that HTML tags are formatted properly - it's not something you can approximate!

Functionality: If you have a banner or link to an outside site, click through it from your blog and make sure the site is still functional and the content is what you expect to see there. If you have a dedicated blogroll, it's a good idea to do this periodically so you know you're directing your own readers to sites you'd visit yourself.

Relevance: Each item in your sidebar should either aid readers in getting around your blog, learn more about you, or provide information that's in some way relevant to your blog. If you write about food and have links to different cookbooks or other chefs, that makes sense and adds value. If you have content that is not related to you or your content, consider removing it. Readers will likely ignore it anyway.

Finally, check to see that your sidebar items are in an order that puts important elements at the top. A good order is something like:

  1. A welcome blurb and photo of yourself
  2. Links to your major social media profiles
  3. Subscription options
  4. Search module
  5. List of categories
  6. Outside links and banners

This prioritizes information about you and navigational items so your readers can easily find more of the content they're interested in. A quick sidebar check up once a quarter will ensure that your blog remains in tip top shape.

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Tips and Tricks"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 15:53

Adding widgets is a great way to easily and quickly implement features on your Typepad blog.  With that in mind, we're very pleased to introduce several new and exciting features for our Beta Team subscribers: Take a look at our Sidebar Carousel widget, Spotlight Posts widget, and the Copyright and Introduction widgets!

Let's break down what each of these features are:

The Sidebar Carousel places a slideshow of the images from one category of posts to your blog's sidebar. These pictures will then rotate, based on the various settings you can choose.  It's a great way to highlight specific categories or images on your blog in an eye-catching way. You can even add more than one Sidebar Carousel if you'd like.

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Example of the Sidebar Carousel in action.

To add the Sidebar Carousel to your blog, simply go to Design > Content, find the Carousel option under Widgets, select the options you'd like to use, and save your changes.  Easy as pie! See the Knowledge Base article to learn more about the available settings for the Sidebar Carousel.

Next up is the Spotlight Posts widget.  It displays a list of posts from a category in your sidebar, and even gives you the option to show the thumbnail for the first image in the post along with the post excerpt.

Top-excerpt_spotlightAs you can see, it's a pretty nifty way to highlight a specific category in your sidebar.  This can be useful to highlight text, images, or both! Learn more in the Knowledge Base.

Finally, we have the Copyright and Introduction widgets.  When you add either widget, they'll come pre-loaded with some text that we think is useful: the Copyright widget contains the HTML code for the copyright symbol and your blog's name and the Introduction widget contains some simple text to welcome and invite users to visit your blog.  The text for both of these widgets can be edited as you like.

Want to give these widgets a go but aren't a member of our Beta Team?  It's easy to join!  Just go to the Account tab, check the Beta Team option, and save your changes.

Beta Team, we'd love to hear what you think about these features!  Please open a help ticket with your feedback so that we can make them even better.

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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 18:18

NAME: Wayne Pacelle
BLOG: A Humane Nation
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2006
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Few are in a position to speak for the animals like Wayne Pacelle. As President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), he leads the nation's largest animal protection organization in the mission of celebrating animals and confronting cruelty. On the official Humane Society blog, you'll read about how they help animals through advocacy, campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through their sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters and clinics.

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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 16:29

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, Charlotte Rains Dixon!

Charlotte Dixon is passionate about writing and wants to share this passion with her fellow writers.  Whether experienced or an aspiring writer, this blog has helpful tips for all levels - from perfecting your craft, staying inspired, writing exercises and more.

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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.

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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 20:35

NAME: Jennifer Venema
BLOG: Chickadee Manor
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2009
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: With all the parenting blogs being published today, it can be difficult to see though the too-slick and overly sponsored melee to the gems. Enter Chickadee Manor, a fantastic family blog featuring a wide selection of topics, from family anecdotes to food to flowers, all accompanied by great photos. It's a cleverly written slice of family life, brought to you by the family that's living it.

Chickadee_manor

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Date: Friday, 11 Jul 2014 17:06

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, Dessert By Candy!

The name says it all! Candy is an inline speedskater but after taking some baking classes and making herself at home in the kitchen, she uses her blog to indulge your palette with some tasty treats.

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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.

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Date: Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 16:00

Welcome to our series on common blogging mistakes, and how to avoid them. Every other week, we'll debut a new post designed to help you avoid mistakes that are common to both new and veteran bloggers, full of tips and tricks guaranteed to help you become an even more passionate, engaged blogger with a growing audience.

A common mistake for bloggers seeking to achieve a high ranking in Google and other search engines is forgetting the importance of keywords. Keywords from your post should be included in the Title, Permalink, and Meta Keywords.

The Title is probably the most important part of your post in determining whether or not the entire post is read. When you compose a new post (or page), the Title should concisely describe the post by including keywords to entice the visitor to read more.

Every post and page should include a Title. The Title is included in the page source within the <title> </title> tags which is what is seen by search engines. Without a Title, search engines, like Google, are going to have a harder time indexing your post to be included in search results.

For more tips on crafting a page title, the Google webmaster help guide is an excellent resource.

Like the title, the Permalink should include keywords which give a visitor an idea as to the content of the post in the URL. Keep in mind the URL for your post or page and should not be too long. By default, the title will be used as the Permalink Filename, but this can often be too long and needs to be reduced to a few keywords. It’s easy to set your own Permalink Filename with keywords.

Edit Permalink

When composing your post, click the Edit button below the title to the right of the Permalink, edit the Permalink, and click Save before publishing your post. It is important to edit the Permalink before making the post live to prevent any outside links from breaking when the Permalink is changed. No spaces or special characters should be included in the Permalink. It is recommended that you use a dash to separate keywords in the Permalink.

The Meta Keywords are also important for search engine optimization (SEO). When composing your post, enter keywords which you expect to be used when finding your post in search results in the Keywords field. Keywords and phrases can be separated by a comma.

Meta Keywords

Keywords will be included in the webpage meta data which is used by search engines to better categorize your webpages. Visitors to your blog will not see the meta keywords.

Unsure what keywords to use? Google offers a Keyword Planner to help you choose the appropriate keywords for your posts and pages.

What tips do you have for utilizing keywords in your posts and pages? Let us know in the comments!

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Date: Thursday, 03 Jul 2014 23:15

NAME: Rachel Anne Ridge
BLOG: Home Sanctuary
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2006
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Each day Rachel posts tips, tasks, encouragement and things you can do along with her and the Company Girls, which help create a sense of sanctuary in this busy world. Each small thing takes just a few minutes, but can have big impact on your life. Plus, you'll have a lot of fun along the way!

As a professional artist and designer, Rachel spends much of her days helping others create personal spaces for their own loved ones, finding that everyone needs a place they feel good about and love to come home to, whether they live in a million dollar mansion or a first apartment.

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Date: Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 19:07

With a vast number fonts available for design, Typepad keeps it simple by offering the most common fonts available to all systems and devices.  Did you know, though, that the range of fonts available can grow exponentially with services like TypeKit, MyFonts.com and Google Web Fonts  If you're a Pro Unlimited (or higher) user, you can use our tip below to easily customize your blog with a custom font(s).

Today we will focus on using Google Web Fonts as it is free and easy to use. In this example, we're using the default text that comes with the Block Party theme. 

Before DMP

Choosing Your Font

Let's change the font as it appears in our blog posts to "Merriweather". In the font listing, click the "Quick-use" button:

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Scroll down to Step 3 and copy the code given in the Standard tab:

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Merriweather' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

This code is added to the Head Module in Typepad under Design > Head.   Next, we add our new font to our Custom CSS at Design > Custom CSS:

body { font-family: 'Merriweather', serif; }

Blog posts now have a new font!

After DMP

We also share these instructions in our Knowledge Base.

Blog Element Font Changes

Want to use a different type of font for other parts of your blog like Post Title or your Sidebar?  Follow the same steps starting with adding the Standard code to the Head Module (you can have more than one saved in this field), then include your new CSS additions.  For example, if you want the post title font to match your blog post, include this to Design > Custom CSS:

.entry-header,  .entry-header a { font-family: 'Merriweather', serif; }

If you can't find a font you like on Google Web Fonts, there are other sites like MyFonts.com and Fonts.com that offer a large selection of fonts for a fee. You must use their Webfont option in order to add the fonts directly to your blog, otherwise you're just downloading fonts to your device.

One Last Tip...

Now that you're able to add some font customizations, let us offer a word of caution: keep it simple.   Too many font types, styles, or sizes can make your blog look busy and distract readers from the content. Consider the style/type of fonts you like and how best to pair and use them. For example, a handwritten font looks best as titles and headers but may be difficult to read as the body of your posts and modules. We recommend looking for great pairing ideas online in places such as Pinterest or Google.

Have you added some custom fonts to your blog? Leave us a link in the comments so we can all check it out!

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Date: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 22:50

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, Inkcredible Stamping!

Julie is a Papercrafter, Scrapbooker, and Teacher of all things Creative.  She teaches how craft activities like scrapbooking and rubber stamping can help relieve stress, enjoy personal time, and discover a new passion.

Pinterest

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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.

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Date: Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 18:34

NAME: Karen Sternheimer, Editor
BLOG: Everyday Sociology
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2007
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Written by professors who teach regularly (but run as more of a conversation than a class), the Everyday Sociology Blog features interesting, informative, and most of all entertaining commentary from sociologists around the United States. Come to this site regularly to get a sociological take on what is happening in the news (and on what should be in the news).

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Date: Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 17:15

Better_blogger

Welcome to our series on common blogging mistakes, and how to avoid them. Every other week, we'll debut a new post designed to help you avoid mistakes that are common to both new and veteran bloggers, full of tips and tricks guaranteed to help you become an even more passionate, engaged blogger with a growing audience.

Let's imagine a scenario.

It's late in the evening, you've had a long day.  You're finally home, sitting on your computer.  You're relaxed and settling down, browsing some of your favorite sites.  Suddenly, out of no where, a loud song starts playing through your computer's speakers.  You're startled and immediately close the browser so as to not wake anyone else up.  "What in the world just happened?" you wonder.

What happened is that you came across a site that has music enabled to automatically begin playing when you visit.  This is usually - at best - an inconvenience or an embarrassment.  Maybe you're at home and the song wakes up your sleeping dog or family.  Maybe you're at work and now everyone knows you're visiting a site that probably isn't approved by your HR or IT team.

If you're a blog owner, it's possible that you just alienated the reader in the above scenario enough to get them to decide that visiting your site again isn't worth it.

While you might like having a song or greeting play for your readers, it's worth it to consider how it can impact how they view your site.  What can you do to make sure that this doesn't happen?

Disable Autostart on Videos

When you add a video to your blog from a site like YouTube, many times there will be an option to have the video start playing automatically.  We recommend that you do not choose this option and let the reader decide when to the play the video themselves.  This goes for any videos embedded in your posts or if you happen to have any in your sidebars.

You can read more about inserting videos in our Knowledge Base here and more about uploading your own videos here.

Consider Removing Background Music

While you may enjoy the music playing on your own site, visitors may prefer to listen to their own music while they are browsing the web or they might be in a situation like the one above.  We recommend that you do not have any background music on your blog, but if you do, make sure there's a way for a reader to quickly pause or stop it.

Keep an Eye on Third-Party Widgets

Some third-party widgets may unexpectedly play sound.  Make sure you know and agree to what you're putting on your blog before teaming with a third-party service.  Some may place advertisements as well, so it's always a good idea to double check exactly what it does and what you're agreeing to in its Terms of Service.

Allowing your readers control over music or video ensures that you never surprise them or get them in trouble for viewing your blog. A happy visitor is often a return visitor.

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Date: Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 21:43

Today we've released a new content feature that we know a good few of you have been asking for--the signature module! This feature is available to all Pro plans, and is ideal for signature images, sign-offs, advertisements, or anything else you want to have automatically inserted into the bottom of each post.

example: inserting an image sign-off in the signature module
example: inserting an image sign-off in the signature module

Available at Design > Content, all you need do is insert your code into the module, save your changes, and you're done! The module will automatically add itself into each post.

Note: Blogs with excerpts turned on will only see the module on the permalink page for the post.

Example
One example of how to use the module is seen above. We chose to create an image, using our preferred font, because this specific font isn't available on all computers and we wanted to make sure all readers would see it exactly the way we envisioned. Once the image was saved, it was uploaded to the File Manager, and we copied its http://everything.typepad.com/URL.

Once the http://everything.typepad.com/URL was in hand, we went to Design > Content, enabled the signature module, then clicked its pencil icon to configure it. Inside the field available, we added the following:

<img src="http://everything.typepad.com/URL" title="until next time" />

signature configuration

After that, we clicked OK, previewed our changes, then saved them. Pretty simple! And much more efficient than manually adding it to each new post we create.

Things to take note about the module:

  • it accepts HTML, scripts, and plain text
  • it has a 1000 character limit (you will be alerted by a pop-up if it the limit is reached)
  • there is no default styles set for the module, so it will fit with all themes
  • images or embedded content will scale up/down in responsive themes only

In our Knowledge Base article for the signature module you'll find examples of how to style the content, as well as the type of content you can add. It's really almost limitless, so we hope you give it a try! If you have questions beyond what the Knowledge Base can provide, remember we're just a help ticket away at Help > New Ticket.

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Date: Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 20:34

layering header text over an image

In this Master Class we're offering a tip for making a header and related image work together. This can be used across multiple types of blogs, and multiple types of content. Think giveaways, fashion, photography--you name it, we're sure this tip can be used in some way to grab a reader's attention.

Headers are used to do just that--grab attention. In blogging, images are often used to the same end (e.g. to break sections of text up with a relevant image, to showcase an item(s), to just look pretty--the list could go on). Our class today blends the two together, with the goal to keep it simple, keep it effective, and keep it attractive (SEA; look at us making up cool acronyms!).

The tools we'll need to use are:

  • a short header
    set to 'Header 2' (or whatever is your preference) in the formatting section of the compose editor
  • CSS
    not quite drop-in and go, but mostly
  • relevant image
    the less fussy/busy the image, the better, but it's all about what its purpose is and what's effective

For our example, we're going to use an image that will head the start of a post about exploring a small forest. The image is relevant to the post and will act as head to the rest of the content since it's the beginning of the journey. We'll use the header, "The Small Forest," so it has a storied effect. It all ties in together!

The Setup
The first step is to compose a draft of your post, inserting the header first, then the image. Those things must be first in the post, with the rest of the content below. This is important since the styling added later requires specific positioning of the header text in relation to the image placement.

compose editor - setting the Header formatting
Highlight your text then select the Formatting option
(seen above in yellow) to set your Header format

Without any styling, the beginning of the post would look like the following when previewed:

without styling added

The Style
The second step is adding the CSS. You can copy and paste what we provide below, but we really recommend considering important factors about the text and photograph. Try to strike a balance, remembering to keep it simple. Since our image is heavy on soft focus, with one prominent thing in focus that is in the left half of the photo, we're going to setup our positioning so the header is placed in the right half.

We chose to use the Header 2 formatting option for "The Small Forest", so in our code we'll want to make certain we apply it to the <h2> tag.

note: there are multiple ways to apply this CSS, but since this is more special occasion in our example, rather than a reoccuring theme/content, we'll be placing this directly into our post's code in the HTML tab.

The CSS properties and values we'll be adding are the following:

position: absolute;
top: 60px;
right: 40px;
padding: 80px 20px;
text-align: center;
color: rgba(0,0,0,0.5);
font-variant: small-caps;
background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
border-radius: 50%;

The first three items focus on setting the position of the text in relation to the image. Since the image sits below the text, and we want the text to sit on top of it, the absolute positioning gives us better control over where it's placed. The top and right distinctions are to tell where, in relation to the top and right side of the entry's boundaries the text should sit.

The next four items are all about the font--its spacing, alignment, color, and style. The padding helps position the text vertically and, as you'll see later, create the space for the border-radius. The alignment is set to center, while we use an RGBA value for the font color so that we can set an opacity on it (this is a stylistic choice for our image and text; you can use a hexadecimal if you prefer). The last item is to set the header to small-caps, rather than leave it as its entered. You can omit that line if you prefer total control over your capitalization.

The second to last item is the background color behind the text, so that it stands out. We chose to use an RGBA value as well. The 0.5 at the end of both RGBA values denotes that we want the opacity level set to half the full strength, or 50%. This leaves it bright/dark enough to attract attention and read, without overshadowing the image. (Here's a time-saver for figuring out the RGBA value you may want: CSS3 Maker - RGBA.)

Remember: Simple; Attractive; Effective. The goal isn't to obscure or detract from the photograph, nor the header text, but to let both be what they are in harmony together, working together.

Finally, the last item is the border-radius property, which we set to 50%. The 50%, plus the padding we chose, helps force that background-color property to become a circle. You could leave this off, or use a border-radius generator to come up with additional ways to style it, but we wanted a classic circle to offset the square format of the image. The same settings for every post wouldn't necessarily work, since header text can vary in length, so you may need to adjust the padding and border-radius to get the desired effect.

Again, our example is for a simple occasion type post, so this CSS isn't something we need to add to our Custom CSS or Stylesheet for everyday use. Because of that, we're going to add the CSS inline with the <h2> tag.

To do that, we'll click the HTML tab of the compose editor for our post. Since the header should be the very first thing in the post, it'll be the very first thing in the code as well. Place the cursor just after the number in your header. Ours will is <h2>, so we'll place the cursor just after the 2.

Next, we'll add a space, then type style="" (that's two quotation marks). In between the quotation marks, we place our CSS that we shared above, but it'll be all in a single line, like so:

<h2 style="position: absolute; top: 60px; right: 40px; padding: 80px 20px; text-align: center; background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5); color: rgba(0,0,0,0.5); border-radius: 50%; font-variant: small-caps;">

In context with our header text, it'll look like this:

<h2 style="position: absolute; top: 60px; right: 40px; padding: 80px 20px; text-align: center; background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5); color: rgba(0,0,0,0.5); border-radius: 50%; font-variant: small-caps;">A small forest</h2>

The Result

with styling added

Simple. Effective. Attractive. And done!

We always recommend trying new design elements, even on a post-only level, in a test blog. If you don't have one, learn how to create a test blog so that you're certain the overall effect of this Master Class tip works with your design and post content.

Like what you learned here? Have you tried it out and want to share your efforts with us? Leave a comment on this post! If you've tried all you can think of to try, and have hit a rough patch with the code, feel free to open up a ticket at Help > New Ticket and we'll work with you to get this tip setup.

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Date: Monday, 16 Jun 2014 18:24

NAME: Francine Clouden
BLOG: Callaloo Soup
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2006
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Callaloo Soup is a sparkling lifestyle blog designed to help its readers curate a delightful and creative life through simple crafts, photography, memory keeping, and style.

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Date: Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 19:32

Better_blogger

Welcome to our series on common blogging mistakes, and how to avoid them. Every other week, we'll debut a new post designed to help you avoid mistakes that are common to both new and veteran bloggers, full of tips and tricks guaranteed to help you become an even more passionate, engaged blogger with a growing audience.

Today we begin a new series where we share common blogging mistakes to avoid.  We all make mistakes early on with our blogs but have learned from them. Now we would like to pass that knowledge on to you.  We will cover mistakes or oversights bloggers make and how to overcome them.  Today we start with offering different blog subscription options for your readers.

A mistake made often with blogging is not offering options to subscribe for blog updates.  You want visitors to know when you post an update right?  Don't just rely on the "Subscribe" link that appears in your Navigation Bar and call it a day.  Readers have different preferences when following their favorite blogs. Some people like to get blog updates or digest sent directly to their inbox, others visit a blog reader and read all of their blog updates at once, or they get their blog fix through Social Media.

Here are some of the more common options you can give your readers for getting updates.

Link Back To A Feed Reader

A blog reader is an application that collects and syndicates all of the blogs you follow into one place.  The Subscribe link in your Navigation Bar gives readers your feed URL (ending with atom.xml or rss.xml) that can be added to feed readers.  Make sure you have your Feeds enabled at Settings > Feeds to make your posts viewable. 

Some popular feed readers are Bloglovin' and Feedly.  They both have a selection of "follow" buttons to choose from. You can see how they look here and  here.

Connect to FeedBlitz

By connecting your blog to FeedBlitz, you can share the FeedBlitz sign-up widget in your sidebar.  Anyone who signs up using this widget will be taken to a page showing options to subscribe to the feed via Google, Facebook, and several other services.

Email Updates

If you set up an account with FeedBlitz, you can utilize their Email Subscription option.  Every time you update your blog, an email will be sent directly to your subscribers linking back to your blog. 

Facebook/Twitter

Not everyone wants to get email updates.  People check their social media accounts several times a day, every day.  Offer the option to "like" your blog on Facebook by adding a Like button or badge.

If you share blog updates on Twitter, choose one of their "follow" buttons to let readers know you're there too.   You can also use a service like IFTTT to share your blog updates to your Facebook, Twitter, and more automatically.

By offering different choices to share your blog updates with your readers, you make the most of getting your blog content out to be read and shared with others.

How do you keep updated with your favorite blogs?

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Tips and Tricks"
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Date: Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 18:13

We are very pleased to introduce a new and exciting feature for our Beta Team subscribers: The Post Carousel!

You may be asking yourself what exactly is a Post Carousel and why should you add it to your blog? Let us tell you!

The Post Carousel adds a slideshow of the latest posts to the top of your blog. Photos from the most recent posts will rotate through the carousel.  It's a great way to catch your reader's eye as they visit your blog.

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You can see a live demo of the Post Carousel hard at work here.

The Post Carousel can be customized in many ways. You can set the maximum number of posts to display and restrict it to just a specific category.  You can choose the title position, automatic start, add a pause button, and much, much more.

To add the Post Carousel to your blog, simply go to Design > Content, check the box for Post Carousel, select the options you'd like to use, and save your changes.  We have more information on this in the Knowledge Base.

Want to give the Post Carousel a go but aren't a member of our Beta Team?  It's easy to join!  Just go to the Account tab, check the Beta Team option, and save your changes.

Beta Team, we'd love to hear what you think about the Post Carousel!  Please open a help ticket with your feedback so that we can make this the best feature possible.

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Features"
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Date: Monday, 09 Jun 2014 23:18

NAME: Angharad Barlow
BLOG: Atelier Bee
TYPEPAD MEMBER SINCE: 2013
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Essentially a spiritual practice, Angharad Barlow believes that creating a garment is an alchemical process of the body. The ideas, the physical momentum of the hands and creative intentions bound together by a magical stitch conjure up a required reality. She believes what we wear can be used to affect our own vibrations and those around us. Barlow uses shamanic practices and healing arts to filter through her designs working with pattern, color, texture, symbols and the song of the spirit of the cloth.

Atelier Bee


FOLLOW: Typepad

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Featured Blogs"
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Date: Friday, 06 Jun 2014 02:30

We recently reintroduced you to your Typepad Profile, where we covered all the things you can do to customize your profile and make it your own. Now that you've had time to get to know your profile, we'd like to talk to you about the little green button you can see on the left here - the Follow button.

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Something we hear from our bloggers from time to time is that you want to find other Typepad blogs to read, but you're not sure exactly how. We want to make it easier for you to discover great blogs, keep tabs on your favorite bloggers, and to help you engage more easily (like with quick comment replies) with your readers, so we're here today to talk about Following people via the Typepad Profile. Once you've pressed that little button on a fellow Typepad blogger's profile and followed them, you'll start to see their activity right in your Dashboard.

Your Dashboard helps you to know when someone you're following comments, follows another Typepad blogger, or adds a post to their Typepad blog. You'll also get a little alert when other Typepad bloggers follow you!

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Best of all, it’s fun! Being able to track what your most pithy and interesting commenters say and do is a great way to get inspired to be an even better blogger.

"So, how do I find people to follow?"

For a strong start, check out the Typepad Showcase! It's full of blogs on every subject from parenting to lifestyle to design to tech, and features some of the best bloggers on Typepad.

Once you start following a few people, you can follow the people they're following, or you can also follow the people who've commented on your blog with Typepad Connect.

Using your Typepad Profile and Dashboard is a simple, easy, and effective way to find great new blogs to follow, keep tabs on your favorite Typepad bloggers, and build your community at the same time!

Not so sure you want that content on your Dashboard after all? We've got the skinny on how to unfollow and remove recent activity from other bloggers right here.

Author: "The Typepad Team" Tags: "Typepad University"
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