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May 3, 2007: Add a Free Forum to Your TypePad Blog in Minutes!
Comments: 20 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Blog Tools , Community , Dialogue , Web 2.0 , Widgets
I've had a lot of requests since I started this blog to add a forum for readers to talk amongst themselves. I just did, and if you have a pro account, you can too! Not only that, but it's free... Read full article

November 16, 2006: Build Community with a Custom Comment Archive Page for Your TypePad Blog
Comments: 12 | Categories: Advanced Templates , Blog Tools , Community , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , Hacks for Layout + Design , Widgets
Debra Hamel who provided an excellent hack the other day (How To: Display Excerpts Rather Than Full Posts on Your Blog's Archive Pages) has sent me two more cool hacks! Debra rocks! Today I'll show you how to create a... Read full article

October 25, 2006: A Visit to Six Apart
Comments: 0 | Categories: Dialogue , News , Six Apart , TypePad , TypePad Hacks

It was way cool to meet the Design Team and see the place where the magic happens. After touring the office, Michael Sippey, Harold Check (of TypePad Featured Blogs), and I went out to lunch at a nearby Thai place. I'll have to ask them the name of the place, because it was the best Thai food I've ever had. We talked about some of the things they're working on for the future, my plans for TypePad Hacks, and ideas about how to improve the user experience for TypePad bloggers.... We really hit it off and found that we have a lot of the same ideas.

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September 26, 2006: Six Apart's Business Blogging Seminars
Comments: 0 | Categories: Community , Dialogue , News , Reviews , Six Apart , TypePad
I've added a link to the sidebar for Six Apart's Business Blogging Seminars. Early registration gets you a 50% discount (that's just $75 to go see some pretty cool speakers and meet other bloggers over cocktails!) and all attendees will... Read full article

July 29, 2006: Increase Reader Participation on Your Blog with a cbox Chat Widget
Comments: 4 | Categories: Blog Tools , Community , Dialogue , Reader Polls , Widgets
I just added a new feature to TypePad Hacks— It's a live chat window in the sidebar that allows readers to talk amongst themselves in real time!... If you've got a question about how to do something, you can now type it into the chat window and see if any readers who are currently online have an answer for you.... Out of the free offerings, I found cbox to be the easiest to set up, the most functional and customizable, and the least intrusive when it comes to built-in advertising.... That way, if you asked a question and someone answered it later in the day you'd know about it without having to check back.... Realistically, I expect my contributions to the chat window will be minimal… I much prefer email, skype and comments to chat and forums. Read full article

June 13, 2006: You Can Now Retroactively Add Older Comments to CoComment
Comments: 6 | Categories: Blog Tools , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , News

Guys, I have a feeling you're busy right now dealing with support issues with the new extension, and that's as it should be, but a quick blog post to let people know that you've solved a major issue is always a good idea. Here's where I learned about it: I clicked on over to the support forums for bugs to see if there was any mention there of the issues I'm having with Firefox slowing down and crashing.... Until we manage to make that annoyance go away, you can retroactively select the text of the comment you posted and click the bookmarklet in order to add it to your coComment conversations.... I spent some more time reading various threads on the forum about issues with the new extension and it sounds like the folks at CoComment are really working hard to get it running smoothly and to answer questions and resolve issues.... But in the mean time, I know what I'm definitely going to do… I'm going to use the bookmarklet to go back and record all the comments I can find via google that I left all over the web before CoComment existed!

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June 13, 2006: Poll: Have You Experienced Problems With CoComment's FireFox Extension?
Comments: 3 | Categories: Blog Tools , Browsers , Dialogue , Hacks for Comments , Issues , Reader Polls

I recently blogged about CoComment's new Firefox Extension. I was pretty excited to see it, and really enjoyed not having to use the bookmarklet to track my conversations.

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June 10, 2006: Reader Poll: Why Do You Blog?
Comments: 9 | Categories: Community , Dialogue , Reader Polls

I'm curious to know what the most common reason for blogging is among readers of TypePad Hacks. The poll below is limited to five answers, so I've tried to select options that I feel are among the most universal responses to this question… but obviously there are many other reasons to blog.... Please select the answer in the survey that is closest to your primary motivation for blogging. If none of survey options is even close, post a comment below and tell me what it is that motivates you to blog.... Maybe you have several reasons to blog, or would like to share a story about how blogging has helped you achieve your goals?

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June 7, 2006: Wow! This Makes Me Feel Really great!
Comments: 7 | Categories: Community , Community Projects , Dialogue , News , Six Apart , TypePad , TypePad Hacks

They had some really nice things to say: You might think that Six Apart, as a company, would be embarrassed by Unger's focus on explaining tricks to extend TypePad's functionality, or chagrined that he polls his readers about what features we should implement next, but the truth is: We're thrilled. Not only is TypePad Hacks a tremendous benefit to all TypePad customers, especially those who want to ask unique questions or try to "push the envelope," but it's also incredibly useful for us to look over Unger's shoulder and absorb the feedback his readers are giving.... Finally, we think it's an amazing testament to blogging and to TypePad that Unger thought the best solution for his effort was to start a blog and to use TypePad.... While no formal relationship exists between TypePad Hacks and TypePad, we have talked with Unger and consider him a wonderful asset to the community.... Those of you who read TypePad Hacks regularly and/or comment on posts are the ones who have really made this possible, though.

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June 3, 2006: How and Why to Use Polls on Your Blog
Comments: 0 | Categories: Blog Tools , Community , Dialogue

Darren Rouse has a great series of posts over at Problogger on adding interactivity to your blog using polls. Worth a read, especially if you signed up for an account with MajikWidget after I posted about them the other day. Problogger : Blog Polls - Add Interactivity to Your Blog Problogger: 9 Techniques for Using Polls Effectively on a Blog Problogger: Free Blog Poll Tools Probably the best tip he offers is to use polls as a starting point for discussion and invite readers to comment about why they voted the way they did. I'll definitely have to remember to specifically make that invitation in future polls!

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