ALERT: SFI Server Downtime

SFi Server Downtime Beginning Friday 06/06/14 will be restored

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Beginning Friday, 06/06/14, 10 p.m. CDT, SFI servers may experience intermittent downtime due to needed infrastructure updates and improvement. Service should be continually restored no later than Saturday, 06/07/14, 4 p.m. CDT. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Export Your GoDaddy Quick Blogcast Account to

Retiring Go Daddy quick blogcast account

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GoDaddy’s Quick Blogcast service is being retired, and will shut down permanently on June 25th, 2014. Nobody likes to lose the content they’ve spent time creating, though. If you’re a Quick Blogcast user, we’re happy to offer an easy, quick way to bring your account over to (Don’t have an account with us yet? Signing up for a new one is a breeze.)

Ready? Set? Go!

To start the process, you’ll need to create a Quick Blogcast export file. In your GoDaddy Quick Blogcast dashboard, head to Blog → Export posts.


Then, select all the items you’d like to export, and save the file.


Now it’s time to bring the file home to Head to Tools → Import in your blog’s dashboard and choose the GoDaddy Quick Blogcast option. From there, just find the export file you’ve just created and upload it.


In the last step of the import you’ll have the…

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New Themes: Kelly and Arcade

New Themes

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This week we’re pleased to introduce you to two new themes: Kelly and Arcade!


Kelly by Automattic

Kelly, a delightful new free theme, was created by Automattic designer Kelly Hoffman. About creating Kelly, she says, “I really wanted to keep it simple but fun, which is why I went with bold splashes of color and large type.”

Kelly‘s discerning typography and single-column layout makes reading an absolute pleasure, while multiple widget areas in the footer give plenty of space for related information. Let Kelly be your next beautiful blog canvas.


Arcade by c.bavota

Arcade, a new premium theme by Montréal designer/developer c.bavota, features both a fun flair and refined aesthetic. Boasting a full-screen background and five widget areas, it also gives users unique access to a full library of icons for their own creative use. Suitable for blogs and modern-minded businesses alike, Arcade can convey your message to…

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Early Theme Adopters: Illustratr

Early Theme Adopters

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If you’re looking for a theme to showcase your creative work — be it your words, images, or multimedia projects — Illustratr, launched last month, might be just what you’re looking for. It has a distinct, effortlessly cool look, but is also easy to customize to create a tailor-made design.

The theme (designed by Automattic’s own Thomas Guillot) lets you take full advantage of the Portfolio feature, so you can create beautiful showcases for your best content. Even if you opt for a classic blog layout, splashy featured images and other custom touches (like social icons in your custom menu) will draw your readers in.

Looking for some inspiration? Here are just a few of the thousands of striking sites already using Illustratr.

Derek Roczen

early theme adopters derek roczen

With a name like Illustratr, it comes as no surprise that visual artists of all stripes flock to this theme. Illustrator and…

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Promote Your Books and Blog: A Look at Author Websites

Promoting your e-books and blog

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The comments poured in on our last twoposts highlighting new books by authors. We’re happy to host such a prolific literary bunch! For those of you interested in using a website to promote your books, take a look at three authors on who do this well — each with very different designs and approaches:

H. G. Robert

We found H. G. Robert’s website from a comment he’d left on a previous post. I clicked on his link and was delighted to find a simple, clean, and effective homepage for his self-help book:

The black-and-white design is crisp and stylish, and with just a few elements to focus on, you can’t miss anything. A highlighted “Read more” button takes you to another clean, concise page with a book synopsis, excerpt, and reviews.

His menu at the top right includes just two links, to his bio and blog.

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Customizing Twenty Fourteen (Take Two!)

Lots of new ideas food travel Sports

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Twenty Fourteen is this year’s default theme, and the first magazine-style default theme — something y’all were waiting for, judging by its skyrocketing popularity.

We’ve already looked at how a few early adopters customized it, as well as how some bloggers have stripped it down for a minimalist take. Here are four more great sites powered by your creativity and Twenty Fourteen’s versatility.


Along with its magazine-style layouts, Twenty Fourteen allows you to opt for a simpler homepage that makes one post — and one photo — the star. That’s the layout the duo behind champagne&backpacks chose to give their travelogue some serious punch:


The dark but warm gray background and spare collection of widgets make navigating easy but keep their posts in the spotlight. (Their stunning photos don’t hurt, either!) Swapping Twenty Fourteen’s sans serif fonts for the elegant lines of LTC Bodoni 175 and Minion Pro creates the feel of a sophisticated travel magazine…

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Three Ebooks to Spark Creativity and Grow Traffic

Three E-books to Start Creativity and Grow Traffic

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At our raison d’être is to do everything we can to help you make your blog the very best it can be. Over at The Daily Post we’ve got daily writing prompts to give your muse a friendly nudge, we publish articles on how to grow your traffic and community, as well as tips and advice on how to take great photos, no matter which gear you choose.

We’ve compiled a ton of great material into three new ebooks, made with love, for you. And, they’re free. They come in three fetching formats so we’ve got you covered no matter whether .pdf, .epub (iBooks), or .mobi (Kindle) is your jam.

365 Writing Prompts


So you want to write but you have trouble getting started? Writers’ block a perpetual, unwelcome guest? With 365 Writing Prompts we’ve got a different writing prompt to jumpstart your muse each and every…

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Rev Up Your Writing with Our Blogging U. Challenge

Rev up your Writing with our Blogging U Challenge

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Lots of us start blogs with the intention of writing regularly, but quickly find ourselves struggling to sit down at the keyboard. Cultivating a consistent writing habit isn’t as easy as starting a blog — but we can help!

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new favorite reads. All bloggers are welcome, whether you use, are self-hosted, or use another platform entirely.

Here’s how it works:

  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00 AM EST (14:00 PM GMT). You can follow The Daily Post to get assignment notifications.
  • There are no weekend assignments — you’re…

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Godzilla Watch (10 days left to enter)

Godzilla Watch (10 days left to enter) The new Godzilla movie the subject of our current Time Machine contest, has reached #280 on the all-time, worldwide box office chart. Where will it rank in 14 days June 9th. I am assuming I should be predicting over this amount at this date. 26/05/2014

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Photo courtesy and copyright Warner Bros. Pictures Photo courtesy and copyright Warner Bros. Pictures

The new GODZILLA movie, the subject of our current Time Machine contest, has reached #280 on the all-time, worldwide box office chart.

Where will it rank in 14 days  (June 9th)? Get your prediction in HERE, before June 6th, to win up to (currently) 8,485 TCredits!

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Monday Morning Edition

Monday Morning Edition Before starting a new week, be sure to check out the features that made a splash on Hot Off the Press last week.

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Before starting a new week, be sure to check out the features that made a splash on Hot Off the Press last week:

Pro tip of the week: Do you enjoy linking to posts, videos, and other content from around the web, but worry your readers will never return to your site? When you create a new link in one of your posts, don’t forget to check the “Open link…

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