Typepad is the name of the blogging platform that allows me to send the Blind Pig your way every day. Typepad also stores my blog so that you can revisit a favorite post, look up a Blind Pig recipe you wanted to try, or share a post with a friend.
If you've been a Blind Pig reader for any length of time-you've probably figured out I'm not a spontaneous person. I'm a planner. I like to study the pond out really good before I jump in for a swim.
It was 2007 when the Blind Pig & the Acorn first began to take shape in my mind. I had went through a rough patch of life and was just beginning to believe in happiness again when I met my first blogger, Dana from the Old Red Barn Co. blog.
Dana and I met at the John C. Campbell Folk School and were fast friends from the beginning. Once she told me about her blog I was mesmerized. I knew about blogs-but had assumed they were all news related.
Once I became a follower of Dana's blog, it didn't take me long to discover the plethora of blogs on the internet. After I discovered the Blogosphere-it took even less time for me to decide I wanted to be a blogger too.
I read everything I could find about starting a blog. A lot of tutorials advised things like: "just jump in and learn as you go." I knew that route was never going to work for me-remember I'm a planner. I also knew I was pretty much clueless about how a blog really worked behind the scenes.
I called a friend, Cecilia, who is a small business consultant and asked for help. That was one of the best Blind Pig & The Acorn decisions I ever made. Over the coming months Cecilia pushed me to figure out exactly what I wanted to accomplish by blogging as well as fed me all sorts of important technical advice.
I felt it was powerfully important to discuss the way life in Appalachia really is-not the fake pitiful piece of cardboard that's often lifted up as a view of Appalachia. I wanted to highlight the fantastically talented people of Appalachia; I wanted to celebrate Appalachia's great sense of tradition; I wanted to share Appalachia's folklore, food, and music. Cecilia helped me realize-I really didn't have a conflict-because the things I wanted to blog about were really one and the same. Appalachia = me.
Once my conflict was resolved, it was time to figure out the technical side of blogging. I researched endlessly. I read every review I could find and kept an ongoing list of the blogging platforms my favorite bloggers used. It took me longer than I care to admit to understand I needed 'hosting' for my blog. In other words, I needed a company who could store all my Blind Pig stuff to make sure it didn't just suddenly disappear over night. That revelation narrowed my choices down to two blogging platforms: Wordpress and Typepad.
I was drawn to Typepad. I liked Typepad's clean look, I understood the jargon they used to describe how their platform worked-and I even liked their name: Typepad. Thinking of typing on a pad fit perfectly into my vision of being a blogger-a modern day John Walton if you will. I paid my money, became a Typepad customer, and got started setting up the Blind Pig & The Acorn.
A few weeks into building the site I suddenly realized-"Oh my goodness all my hard work is being stored way out there in California-YIKES! Can they take care of a mountain girl like me? Can I trust people I've never met in person to take care of this dream I've worked so hard on?"
It didn't take me long to find the answer to my questions: YES Typepad could be trusted to store all my important Blind Pig things. Typepad could also be trusted to help out this mountain girl whenever I needed help. In fact, Typepad has the best customer service I've ever encountered.
Over the last 5 years of blogging, the folks at Typepad have always answered my questions or requests for help-they typically answer them on the very day I ask them-you can't ask for more than that! Heck-they even helped me with my college homework one time-and I got an A. Typepad is always striving to improve their blogging platform by implementing new features-which is a must since technology changes at the speed of light.
Typepad just turned 10 years old! And I'm so glad I chose them to help me bring the Blind Pig & the Acorn to life 5 years ago. What would my life be like without the Blind Pig? I can't imagine. Being a blogger has truly changed my life for the better. I've met so many wonderful people; the Blind Pig has taken me places I would never have went without it; I get to carry the stories you've shared with me around like jewels in a pocket that I can take out and look at whenever I want to; and best of all I've celebrated and preserved my Appalachian culture in a very meaningful way.
Happy Birthday Typepad-I wish you many many more happy days-and I plan to be around to help celebrate them all.