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December 23, 2006: Vote for the Best TypePad Hacks With a New Widget from Squidoo!
Comments: 2 | Categories: Reader Polls , TypePad Hacks , Widgets
Squidoo has launched the coolest hybrid widget I've seen in a while, the Plexo. What is it? Well, it's a few things: a link list, a reader poll, a best-of generator, kind of your own personal Digg on the topic... 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: 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: Why Am I Suddenly Seeing Advertising on TypePad Hacks?
Comments: 1 | Categories: Blog Tools , Community , Reader Polls

Conventional wisdom holds that if you are going to put ads on a blog you should do it from the very beginning, and not add it later.... I kind of felt like running ads would just be another thing to think about and my brain was pretty full at the time.... Well, two reasons: I'm starting to get a fair number of questions about how to work with various ad programs. In order to answer these, I'm gonna have to try them out myself so that I can have a little first-hand knowledge of how they work. Feedburner invited me to try a new feature they've come up with that uses their feed flare technology to serve ads between posts.

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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 1, 2006: Reader Poll: Which Topics and Content Do You Find Most Useful?
Comments: 0 | Categories: Community , Dialogue , Reader Polls , TypePad Hacks
The more I know about what you like to read, the better I can focus the blog… so here's another poll for your amusement and my edification.... About half of you use Basic Templates (which surprised me a little) and the Basic Template users are evenly divided between those who want to keep it that way, and those who are thinking about getting their hands into the code. Of the half who use Advanced Templates, half are nervous, a quarter are confident and the other quarter made the jump after seeing something here that they wanted to use.... The polls from MajikWidget currently only allow you to select one item from the list (I just submitted a widget request for one that allows multiple item selection, for polls just like this). The hack is, the poll doesn't prevent you from voting more than once… So, since you probably like more than one kind of post, please feel free to vote once for each topic that you find of interest. Read full article

May 30, 2006: TypePad Hacks User Level Poll
Comments: 6 | Categories: Community , Dialogue , Reader Polls , TypePad Hacks

Hi Adena, No problem. What you want to do to get rid of the original category and datebased archives is: Go to the template for your sidebar (where you pasted the dropdown menu code). </div> </MTBlogIfArchives> Then follow the directions above to reinsert the drop down menu version and click save and republish. Everything should be rosy!

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