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Melanie Nelson
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My name is not Inigo Montoya. Prepare to die anyway.
Interests: shopping, though, reading, eating out, i love watching old movies, going to new movies, and spending time with my family and friends. i also love to knit and sew. most of all, i love to laugh.
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It's not really enough, but it's a good start. :)
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You never need makeup, my friend. Your YOU shines through from the core. Every time. I think you should vlog more! But, to help with SEO, you need to put an overview with keywords or a transcript of the video on the site as well. Sorry, I can't turn off that part of my brain, and I kept thinking, "She's awesome! But search engines can't see video so the whole thing won't be found when people search for stories about Survivor!" lol I'm a nerd.
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You are so stinkin' cute.
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Robin, I'm so stinkin' proud of you! You are going to knock this out of the park and it's just the beginning. I'm so excited to cheer you on.
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I would definitely choose the NYC print. My best friend and I are taking a trip to NYC in 10 days and this would be an excellent reminder of our trip. We're going to all the places on the print! askchilihead AT gmail DOT com
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2010 on A Baby Room and a giveaway too! at RedLetterWords
Hi, I am thinking I should start taking pics of cool things that I see. Because I LOVE tacking pitchers! Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Crazy Girl
Not to be a complete downer, but the previews showed Desmond in the well, but they also showed Sayid shooting a gun into a well. You know how much I adore Desmond and would not approve of killing him off, so I hope it's a misleading teaser.
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Bruce, Mailing lists are a great tool because you can send targeted messages to your readers to promote your products and projects. However, I'm of the opinion that if you are going to collect names and e-mail addresses your readers should have the option of declining and still having access to the page their trying to reach. (I'm not saying you're gathering this information unethically, I'm pointing out to everyone that, in general, this is a good practice.) You should also have a policy posted stating how you plan to use the addresses so your visitors can review that before sharing their information.
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Cassie, In order to do that, you'll need to buy the domain name you want (e.g., CassiesPerfectWord.com) and map it to your TypePad blog. Appendix A of TypePad for Dummies walks you through how to that. You can also find helpful tutorials in the TypePad Knowledge Base; just do a search for "domain mapping".
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Ron, where are you selling the majority of your goods? Are your blog and etsy both stores? It may be more efficient to keep them separate and provide links to each from the other. If your etsy store is where you're selling your products, that is where your ad should link (and your etsy site should have a link to your blog for more info about the artist and other bloggy goodness).
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Cassie, I have been asked this question a few times. The things I try in order to solve the problem are the same solutions the Knowledge Base people are suggesting. Unfortunately, I can't get those solutions to work consistently. It appears that this is an issue on the TypePad end and isn't consistently solved. I'm sorry there's not a better answer for this one.
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Shannon's suggestion of buying ad space is a good one. You may want to look into doing giveaways with some of the home decorating blogs (The Nesting Place and The Inspired Room are both very popular). The thing about giveaways is that you may not see an increase in sales right away, but it's a form of advertising and is introducing you to a new audience.
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Melanie, thank you so much for your kind words. It's always nice to hear that my tutorials and advice are helping someone enough that they recommend me to their friends! (And, wow, you have the prettiest name.) I'm not really sure what you mean by a design "that would resonate with single mom entrepreneurs". As I said above, Thesis is a really popular theme and I've had many people recommend Genesis. However, keep in mind that Thesis is very popular right now, so you'll want to customize it as much as possible to make it stand out and be less cookie-cutter. If you're actually looking to have someone design something for you, I've been working with Karen Lewis at SimplyAmusingDesigns.com. She's done some very high-profile sites and is always professional.
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Apryl, I've been using Thesis for a while and I like it. The help forums are extensive and really useful. I haven't had any issues with upgrades of the theme either. Though I've not used Headway, but I have three good friends who are well-versed in WP themes and though they say they have used the theme and it's fine, there have been some issues with upgrades. If you haven't looked into it yet, you may want to try Genesis. Again, I haven't used it myself, but those who have are raving. Hope that helps!
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Sally, I'm not quite sure what you're asking. Do you want to know if our tutorials in the book are relevant to another platform like Blogger or WordPress? If that's the case, then no, I'm sorry. The book is filled to the brim with tutorials on how to use TypePad efficiently, though! We do provide many tips on blogging in general (e.g., a basic overview of blogging, blogging best practices and etiquette, building community, etc.), but the tutorials are TypePad specific.
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Sheila, that's not a silly question at all! With so many blogging platforms available, it's hard to keep track of what's what and which is which. Movable Type is not the same as TypePad, but they are both owned by Six Apart. Each is a separate product. Movable Type is similar to WordPress.org in that you have much more control over your code and it is housed on your own server instead of on the Six Apart servers (like TypePad).
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Zan, You can actually use your own domain name with Blogger (blogspot). However, I think you'll be happy with a switch to TypePad because it really is so easy to use and customization is a snap. In Chapter 11 of TypePad for Dummies Shannon explains how to use TypePad's theme and design features for a customized look. In addition, TyepPad has a great community online. Check out the Everything TypePad Blog (everything.typepad.com) and the Get Satisfaction TypePad User Forum (getsatisfaction.com/sixapart/products/sixapart_typepad). To help you promote your book, start interacting with others via the TypePad Profile feature. You can follow other TypePad users, find blogs that interest you, etc.
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Sheryl, I always try to explain to people that there isn't a magic trick to establishing community. It takes a *lot* of time to build up loyalty, establish your authority, and get your brand out there. The first thing you need to do is be part of the community. Ensure you aren't just broadcasting your own information, share good info from other sources. Try to respond to your reader comments as much as possible. Your visitors really like to know you've seen their comments and acknowledged their input. However, as your blog grows, you may find it impossible to respond to every comment; right now, though, if things are a little slow, participate in the comments at your own blog. Then make sure you're visiting the blogs in your community/niche and commenting there as well. Sometimes getting your audience to engage is hard. You can start by asking them questions related to your post--ask them to weigh in with their opinions. Or ask them to leave a link to something they've written about that relates to your post. If that's not working, look at your topics and how they relate to what people are discussing online (check Twitter trends for a start) and start addressing those topics (as they relate to your niche).
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I know this may be a deal-breaker, but I am not a huge ice skating or ice dancing fan. In fact, I thought it was sow-cow and was some sort of hybrid farm animal. Still friends?
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Robin, I also tweeted about your post. ;)
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Robin, I stumbled your post.
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Bed time at our house is an important part of the day. For me, it entails reading to myself. For my husband, it entails talking to the children as he tucks them in, saying prayers with them, and generally making sure the kids know he is present. You see, once the kids were old enough to go to sleep without a bottle, my husband took over the bedtime ritual. He wanted that personal time with them. My kids are 9 and 12 now and he's still tucking them in every night. I may make the occasional appearance, but bed time is his gig.
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I have to say that the pictures are beautiful, but they are just a smidge of the in-person beauty of that night. You owned it and I loved it.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Almost Cinderella at pensieve.me
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How on earth could you not quote the line, "Guess I better put some pants on"? Or "This is the weirdest damn funeral I've been to"?
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2010 on Lost Recap: The Substitue at Rocks In My Dryer
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That's what I thought, but I'm not able to reproduce. I've changed the pixels to adjust for banner size and template, but at a certain point the nav bar just disappears. Is this CSS tip template-specific? (Again, I wouldn't think it matters since we're just moving page elements around, but better to clarify than bang my head against the wall.)
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