NaBloPoMo Prompt 2: Blogger vs. Reader

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Who owns the comment section: the blog writer or the blog readers?“Wow, this is a tough question. I’m reliving the battle of, “Who owns the song, the artist or the fan?” from college.My first reaction is to say, “The blogger, of course!” But maybe we should battle it out. Below I’ll explain six reasons why the comment section might belong to the blogger or the reader....more

my 3 favorite wordpress plugins

today i am sharing, as the title implies, my favorite wordpress plugins!one of the biggest reasons i switched from blogger to wordpress was to take advantage of these sweet plugins!...more

I'm Not a Mommy Blogger

If you surveyed the entire community of people who have blogs similar to mine, I would be willing to bet that more than 75% of them are women with children, hereafter known as "Mommy Bloggers". Many of them are stay at home moms and a larger-than-the-national-average percentage home school. These women are a force to be reckoned with and that makes me a little nervous to post anything about them, but I have a few things I want to say....more

NaBloPoMo Prompt 1: Commenting Guidelines

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Do you have commenting guidelines for your readers? Today is a great time to let them know the commenting policy for your blog (or set some new expectations).“I actually don’t have a formal set of guidelines for commenting on this blog. However, I’m sure many of you have noticed that your comments are sent to moderation once your submit.If I don’t have guidelines, why do I send your posts to moderation?...more

How to Be a Good Blog Commenter

I'm not a blog commenting expert (I mean, could that even be a thing?), but I do read a lot of blogs and try my best to leave thoughtful comments. I have also gotten some "blah" comments and some amazing comments, so I can also use that knowledge to tell you how to be a good blog commenter. ...more
I love the picture of the pug (so that totally shows I have read the whole post, right?)  Good ...more

Networking: How to Do It & Why It's Important

The top questions about networking tends to be, “How do I increase my followers on Facebook/Twitter/etc.?”A few months ago, I received an email from a fellow blogger asking how my Facebook following had increased so quickly.This is a question bloggers receive very frequently. And it’s a good one! To be honest, most of us don’t have a single clue what we’re doing. We experiment and see what works and doesn’t work (or takes too long to work). So I sent her a list of things that I’d done that I thought was helping me....more

Share the Comment LUV

It's quiet in here.  I hope when you're reading my Blogher and other folks Blogher work, you're leaving comments.  It's like an elixer for the Blogher's soul, believe me.  And for the most part, at least for me, I can tell you, I share the Comment Luv!   A well placed comment in one of my posts will make me visit you and comment there as well.  So please let me know what you think....more

How Blogging Made Me a Better Mommy

I started my blog, Beyond Mommying, for pretty selfish reasons. After six months of job hunting, getting my hopes up, and not getting where I wanted to go, I found myself as only a stay-at-home mommy of two with a third on the way. While I loved (and still do) being that, I was lost. I didn’t know who I was outside my children; I was seeking a personal identity, one that was just mine. ...more
Great post! I often feel like blogging is taking away from my time with my family, but it ...more

Can You Even Read?

You know what would be super great.......if people would read.You know you see this daily:"Um, where's the {insert obviously I haven't read the sign marking it} section?""Are the pictures just for inspiration, or can you get the dresses" {there are links SPECIFICALLY linking each dress (*right next to it*) to the website they can be purchased from....}"what day is your party?" .......asked the person from the E-vite website."What is your book about?" .......asked the person, holding the book entitled "Anemia: Red Blood Cell Studies"...more

How to Create Roll Over Images for Your Blog

I know I’ve been doing a lot of design tutorials lately. This will (probably) be the last one for a while. So today, let’s talk about roll over images.What is a roll-over image?A roll over image is an image that changes when you hover your mouse over it. For instance, look at my social media icons in the left-hand sidebar. They’re yellow, right? (Yes, they are.) Move your mouse over to them and see what happens. They should turn blue. That, in a nutshell, is a roll-over image....more