Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

UPDATE TO Mrs. Flinger October 16, 2015

Because the Universe has a wicked sense of humor, after this delcaration, my blog threw up all over my last upgrade.

So I'm starting over using Craft. Turning 40 and kid entering Jr High next year, sometimes it's just time for a change. These archives will still exist in the way the last child goes off to college and their room is the same for 20 years, but it's just time to move forward.

Adding ShareThis plugin to Advanced Typepad Templates May 05, 2008

#Work#Web Design

This is one of those nerdy posts I share that is based on experience and research. After looking for some answers and being very unsatisfied with the amount of information out there, I decided to share this here. If you’re looking for Brutally Honest Monday, I’ll be posting that in a bit. If you’re looking for my laugh-out-loud sense of humor and amazing writing ability, let me know if you find it. I’ve been working on that for years.

Let’s get started.

What you need

1. You’ll need advanced template access in Typepad.
2. A Share This script for your registered blog.
3. Some HTML knowledge.

The Typepad foundation uses Moveable Type tags. You’ll see a tag called

< MT Entries > that surrounds your posts. These tags are what list the posts on the page. There is an < /MT Entries >

tag to close the post area. You’ll need to use these tags to place the ShareThis script in each post.

If you look in your Main Index Advanced Template, you will see a tag

< $MTWeblogIncludeModule module="entry-list-sticky"$ >. This is where your < MT Entries > ....... < /MT Entries >

tag actually lives on the front page. In other pages (Individual, Date Archive, etc) we’ll be modifying a similar, but slightly different, entry list module. So it’s not going to be as obvious about where to place the script. We’ll need to do a teeny tiny hack to get it to display at each post.

The Hack
Here’s where we get down and nerdy. (Again, see? I’m looking for my laugh-out-loud wit, I told you).

1. Log in to your Advanced Templates and choose your current design. Feel free to create a backup copy of your current design and mess with that one. This has saved me several (hundred) times.

2. Go to the Create New Template Module. Name it something helpful and obvious. We’ll be making two new modules, one for the main index page and one for the individual entry pages. I’m naming my main page module entry-list-addthis-main.


3. Open a new tab (or window) and copy the Featured Post code.

4. Paste your code in to the new entry-list-addthis-main module.

5. Copy your Addthis Script and place it just below the

< p class="entry-footer-info" > < $MTEntryPostFooter$ >



6. Publish your template.

7. Open your Main Index Template and look for the original

< $MTWeblogIncludeModule module="entry-list-sticky"$ > and replace it with < $MTInclude module="entry-list-addthis-main"$ >

(be sure to put the name of your main module if you chose a different name! And there shouldn’t be any spaced in the tags.)



8. Save and Publish your templates.

(As an aside…. Feel free to place

< p >

tags (no spaces) around the script if you want it on its own line like this..)


Individual Archive Pages

Only slightly different since we’ll be using the Individual Entries tag, you’ll create another module (I called mine entry-lists-individual. Such Genius.) Copy and Paste the code from the individual entries tag in to the template. Place your script in the same location (under the

< div class="entry-footer" > < MTIfNonEmpty tag="MTEntryPostFooter" > < p class="entry-footer-info" > tags) placing a < br / > between them if you’d prefer. (Click Save) Go back to your Individual Archive template and replace < $MTWeblogIncludeModule module="entry-individual"$ > with < $MTInclude module="entry-list-individual"$ >

. (Click Save)


Publish your posts.



(If you need to further help, I will do advanced typepad template editing. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and let me know and I can get you a quote. Thank you for understanding that I can not offer unlimited free support since I have paying customers in line already. Special thanks to Asha for the module tips.)

The Uncool Post May 01, 2008

#Life#Getting to know me#Working Mom

How cool is it to talk about how you can’t talk? Or blog about your Not Blogging? Or talk about how busy you are at work but can’t talk about Work Stuff?

If a blog post posted with nothing on it would anyone read it?

Let’s find out.

Things are, in a gigantic understatement, both busy, wonderful, and terrifying. I find myself buckling under stress put on by my own self and challenging myself to push through it. It’s a wonderful scary combination of personal growth, professional growth and change.

I have my weak moments. I have my strong moment. I’ve cried in the coffee shop because of an IIS server and I’ve laughed out loud with Karen as we tackle jobs together.

My children are changing as much as I am. They’re growing and learning and becoming their own people. LB now has the most hilarious things coming out of her mouth instead of the tantrums, hissyfits and grunts (we still have plenty of drama, to be sure) and Baby O is nearing One Year.

Wait, what? One Year?


It’s a time of change and growth here. Some of it hurts. I’m learning how much I can promise and how frustrated I am when I can’t keep those promises. I’m learning that my eldest daughter is a little girl now, complete with stories and songs and the ability to help empty the dishwasher. I’m learning that my son is growing in to a toddler, complete with sign language and walking.

Yes. That’s right. Walking.

It’s only a few very short weeks or days now as he’s taken to standing and moving his feet on his own. In some circles that’s called walking.

I call that What The Hell NO NO NO.


Change is inevitable. I’m not sure I’m ready.