BlogHer's Editorial Team

Stacy Morrison

Stacy Morrison

Editor-in-Chief

Stacy Morrison is editor in chief of BlogHer, where she creates best-in-class editorial products and projects for both BlogHer.com and the Sales Marketing team, including editorial sponsorships, video, mobile, custom programs and more. Before joining BlogHer in 2012, Stacy was an award-winning magazine editor for 20 years—most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine, from 2004-2010—during which time she also led internet products for 14 years, including launching ModernBride.com in 1998 and rebuilding Redbookmag.com three times as the company changed digital strategies and partners.

Stacy Morrison is editor in chief of BlogHer, where she creates best-in-class editorial products and projects for both BlogHer.com and the Sales Marketing team, including editorial sponsorships, video, mobile, custom programs and more. Before joining BlogHer in 2012, Stacy was an award-winning magazine editor for 20 years—most recently editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine, from 2004-2010—during which time she also led internet products for 14 years, including launching ModernBride.com in 1998 and rebuilding Redbookmag.com three times as the company changed digital strategies and partners.

Before moving into full-time digital work when she joined BlogHer as a consultant in 2012, Stacy was in magazine publishing with a track record of success with both start-ups and repositionings of well-established brands. Her roles prior to editor in chief of Redbook included stints as executive editor of Marie Claire, editor in chief of the now-defunct design magazine and crossmedia property One: Design Matters, and editor in chief of Modern Bride. She was a part of the launch teams of Condé Nast Sports for Women, Time Out New York and Mirabella.

Stacy is known for her pragmatic approach to editorial brand extensions and distribution. At each of the brands she helmed, she created distribution partnerships, whether it was a watershed content deal with Redbook and MSN.com (that later rolled across all Hearst magazine properties) or forging a partnership with Gannett to distribute Time Out New York content to 27 regional Gannett newspapers.

Stacy is the author of Falling Apart in One Piece: One Optimist’s Journey Through the Hell of Divorce (Simon & Schuster, 2010), and is a sought-out expert on relationships, motherhood, marriage, money, and the challenges and conflicts all women face today. She was a regular guest on NBC’s TODAY for three years on the above topics and still appears occasionally to represent BlogHer. She has also appeared on CNN Headline News, CNN Moneyline, Good Morning America, The Early Show, and many other national television programs. She wrote the foreword for Sleep Is For The Weak (Chicago Review Press, 2008) edited by BlogHer colleague Rita Arens, and was a contributor to Kirtsy Takes A Bow: A Celebration of Women’s Favorites Online (Bright Sky Press, 2010).

Julie Ross Godar

Julie Ross Godar

Executive Editor

I'm the executive editor of BlogHer, working with the editorial team to find and highlight all you incredible writers, tweeters, video personalities, pundits, photobloggers and ... you name it.

I love my job.

In my extra-BlogHer life I'm also a sometime food and travel writer, an obsessive reader, player of games, maker of pies, and as of March 2011 a Jeopardy! champion (that was fun). (Yes, I actually said to Mr. Trebek, "There are many pies in the universe, Alex.")

My other interests include cooking, camping, cooking while camping words, and history.

Denise Tanton

Denise Tanton

Senior Community Manager

As the BlogHer.com Community Manager, I have the most awesome job in the entire world. I get to wander around the internets and read YOUR blog and talk to you all day on Chatter, Twitter and Facebook. I answer a lot of email, too. Feel free to email me if you have questions about BlogHer or stop by Chatter (sometimes that's faster!)

My partner and I live in the Chicagoland suburbs (which is not the most awesome place in the world to live) with two of our six kids. (The other four are all grown up and living on their own.) My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, was born on May 15th and lives in Hawaii, which is too darn far away. My partner's mom lives with us as well.

We have a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Poodle mix puppy, a Bloodhound/Weimeriner, Schnauzer mix puppy, and a Redbone Coonhound mix puppy. We have three prairie dogs, Betty, Pebbles and Simon. Yes, prairie dogs. You can follow their exploits at Prairie Dog Digest.

I read a lot, but not as much as my partner does, and the only TV I watch is Survivor and The Crazy Ones. Now if Buffy or Gilmore Girls returned to TV....

Prior to joining BlogHer, I spent several years as a Senior Community Manager at WebMD and the (now defunct) WebMD Weight Loss Clinic and before that was a Community Moderator at the (now defunct) Women.com

Rita Arens

Rita Arens

Deputy Editor

Rita Arens authors Surrender, Dorothy and Surrender, Dorothy: Reviews. She is BlogHer.com's deputy editor.

Her parenting anthology and BlogHer's first book, Sleep is for the Weak was published by Chicago Review Press in September 2008 and won a 2009 gold NAPPA.

Her debut young adult novel, The Obvious Game was published in 2013 InkSpell Publishing.

She lives with her husband and daughter in Kansas City. She has a BA in communications studies from the University of Iowa and a MA in English/professional writing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Karen Ballum

Karen Ballum

Community Moderator

karen@blogher.com
Twitter: @sassymonkey

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I'm a Community Moderator on BlogHer.com. You might know me as Sassymonkey.

I live in Ottawa, Ontario -- Canada's national capital. Keeping me company are my husband and cat, commonly known on the internet as the Fake Husband and the Fake Cat. Last I checked they were both still very real to most people but according to Denise, it's not real unless she can see it. (She's met the fake husband and has seen pictures of the cat but once fake is always fake in her books.)

I have been blogging about life (and food, I like food) since 2004 on my personal blog, Sassymonkey.ca, and started my book blog, Sassymonkey Reads, in August of 2005. I don't read quite as many books as I used to but I still love hearing about the books you love.

While I spent a LOT of time here on BlogHer.com you can also find on Twitter. If you want to judge for yourself whether or not my cat is fake, she features prominently in my Instagram stream. (But you never know, I could be using a stunt cat.)

I also have a slight addition to the overuse of parentheses. (Oops?)

Jenna Hatfield

Jenna Hatfield

Section Editor - Events and Family

Jenna Hatfield serves as the Family and Events editor here at BlogHer.com. When she's not featuring your amazing member posts, reaching out to syndicate something fantastic you wrote on your own site, or doing a million and one things to help make BlogHer Conferences amazing, she's blogging at Stop, Drop & Blog.

Jenna started in the newsroom after majoring in broadcast journalism, eventually leaving it to follow a dream of working from home as a writer and editor. She has also worked as a photographer, though currently she prefers photographing her two sons, her husband, and their zany German Shepherd. They make their home in Ohio, which is a hard sentence to swallow for a Pittsburgh-native. Go Steelers!

Beyond writing and photography, Jenna also enjoys running (currently training for her first full marathon), cooking (2014 is the year of tofu!), and reading all the books.

Jane Tunks Demel

Jane Tunks Demel

Section Editor - Food

I’m the Food section editor at BlogHer. I am also a cookbook editor, copyeditor, and writer, and a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. I am a trained professional. (Sort of.)

I live in Berkeley, California, with my husband and son. When I’m not working or sweeping toddler crumbs, I am a Hacker Mom

Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford

Section Editor - Health and Blogging & Social Media

melissa.ford@blogher.com
Twitter: @stirrupqueen

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I'm the Blogging &Social Media editor as well as the Health editor at BlogHer. Which means some days I'm talking about new ways to navigate Facebook and then turning around and discussing your heart health.

I write Stirrup Queens when I'm not reading other people's blogs, cooking, or chasing after my twins.

I'm the author of four books: Life from Scratch (Belle Books, 2010), a novel about blogging, Measure of Love (Belle Books, 2013), and the forthcoming Apart at the Seams (Belle Books, 2014).  I also wrote Navigating the Land of If (Seal Press, 2009), a non-fiction book about infertility and pregnancy loss.  You can always find information about my books on my author site.  Plus I love to talk about writing and publishing.

Grace Hwang Lynch

Grace Hwang Lynch

Section Editor - News & Politics

I'm the News and Politics Editor here at BlogHer. You can also find me writing about raising an Asian mixed-race family at my own blog, HapaMama.

My love of writing and reporting began in my days as a broadcast journalist. Since then, my work has also been published on Salon, PBS Parents, and Mom.me. In 2012, I was nominated for the Women's Media Center Social Media Award.

Feminista Jones

Feminista Jones

Section Editor - Love & Sex

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Twitter: @FeministaJones

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Feminista Jones is the Love & Sex section editor at BlogHer and is the primary blogger at FeministaJones.com, a blog devoted to promoting sex-positive discussions on social media, deconstruction of social norms/restrictions, challenging standard feminist theory (and making feminism accessible to more women in the process), giving voice to man-loving feminist women, exploring alternative sexual identities like the BDSM lifestyle and pansexuality through a feminist lens, teaching and advising, and all around fun.

Feminista is also a weekly Love & Sex columnist for Ebony. com and host of the sex-positive podcast, TWiB: After Dark. By day, she is a mental health social work administrator in NYC. By night she is a freelance writer and editor. 24/7/365 she is a mom to a precocious son.

Deb Rox

Deb Rox

Section Editor - Entertainment

deb.rox@blogher.com
Twitter: @debontherox

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As the Entertainment Section Editor at BlogHer I write, assign and promote posts that discuss movies, television, books and other related topics. I love how pop culture gives us a way to talk about and interpret the world around us. I'm a huge fan of comedy, watching movies on a big screen and livetweeting. Time zone differences make me sad.

My personal blog is Deb on the Rocks.  Additionally, I work as a social media communications and business strategist for small businesses, brands and bloggers.  My passions include digital innovation and cause/ issue marketing. I am the founder of Salon LGBTQ, serve as founding Board President of Violence UnSilenced, and work with projects including the Listen to Your Mother Show.  I love BlogHer conferences and am the co-host of the annual Queerosphere party at BlogHer's annual event. 

AVFlox

AV Flox

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @avflox

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AV Flox has written about sex, relationships, technology and health in a variety of publications, including the Village Voice, LA Weekly Los Angeles Times, Gizmodo, and BlogHer.com, among others. Currently, she is the editor of Slantist, a site that focuses on news and issues surrounding sexuality. She lives in California, jumping back and forth from Silicon Valley to Porn Valley.

Christal Roberts

Christal Roberts

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @ChristalRoberts

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Christal is an Emmy award winning video editor/producer and has watched the radically changing face of journalism from the front lines of local TV news.

Before joining BlogHer as a contributing editor, Christal wrote for her own media/entertainment blog. With over 25,000 unique page views, one of Christal's first BlogHer articles was their most read post for 2008. After graduating with an M.A. in journalism, Christal recently joined the roster of adjunct professors at Hofstra University. She lives in the NYC area, love tennis, movies, and pop culture.

Erica Holloway

Erica Holloway

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @erica_holloway

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Erica Holloway is a BlogHer Politics & News Contributing Editor. The public relations strategist serves Houston and San Diego. Learn about her company, Galvanized Strategies.

Erica Holloway specializes in personalized, award-winning public relations for clients seeking to grow influence and business development, build on a brand and establish thought leadership

In addition to public relations clients, the prolific political blogger and pundit is a nationally-syndicated contributing editor for the News & Politics pages of BlogHer. She also serves as an administrator of center-right blog, SDRostra and as a San Diego correspondent for the Flash Report. Her insights on news and current events are sought regularly by CNN, Headline News and HuffingtonPost Live.

Her first love was journalism. She spent seven years in newsrooms as a copy editor, page designer, photographer and award-winning reporter. Later, Holloway served as the Director of Communications for California state Senator Dennis Hollingsworth and San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price.

The Michigan native graduated cum laude from Western Michigan University with a degree in English and journalism.

Genie Gratto

Genie Gratto

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @egratto

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My name is Genie. I was born in Washington D.C. While there are plenty of people in the D.C. area with a penchant for gardening, I was not one of those people. I either over-watered or under-watered, and next thing I knew, whatever green thing I tried to coax along into healthy existence had withered and died.

In September 2005, I moved to Iowa City. In April 2006, I decided to overcome my black thumb heritage and plant some herbs in a couple of pots. Next thing I knew, I had a garden.

In May 2008, I said goodbye to my Iowa City garden plot and headed even further West: to Oakland, California, where the farmer’s markets run year-round. Urban gardening is the next challenge in my list of garden experiences.

Let's just say this: apparently, I'll do anything for a good tomato.

Gena Haskett

Gena Haskett

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @GenaHaskett

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Gena Haskett is a blogger, vlogger, writer and lifelong learner. The questions in search of answers has lead me to many a wonderful and sometimes scary place. It is the search for knowledge and balance that have made my life interesting.

Those questions can come from unexpected places. Here is an example; when I was a much younger person there were sour dill pickle barrels in the stores. We’d use tongs (and our fingers) to seek out the best pickles for a hot summer’s afternoon.

One day, the pickle barrels were gone. I asked the shopkeeper why and he told me that the Board of Health said they were unsanitary and a health hazard. The world that I knew had changed and 40 some years later I can better articulate why.

It is my challenge to be open to the questions and take the time to listen before answering.

My blog Out on the Stoop is my evolving adventures in living. Create Video Notebook is my workshop finding ways to make creating web video accessible and interesting. I have a certificate in Library Technology (Library Assistant) and currently working on my Digital Archiving Certificate.

Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @JenniferPerkins

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A self proclaimed ADD crafter Jennifer Perkins is a Jill of a lot of different trades.  First and foremost she is the head honcho at the jewelry store and blog Naughty Secretary Club.

Jennifer and Naughty Secretary Club have been featured in magazines and newspapers such as Lucky, The Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, Elle Accessories and more. Her jewelry has also been featured on such TV programs as Knitty Gritty and Craft Corner Death Match.  On the big screen Jennifer’s jewelry can be seen in films such as Idiocracy, The Bad News Bears and Whip It.


Occasionally you can catch Jen on your TV.  Jen is a co-host of the DIY Network’s Stylelicious with the ladies of  the Austin Craft Mafia of which she is a founding member.  Jennifer also hosts her own craft show called Craft Lab for DIY Network/HGTV.  Jennifer has also appeared as a guest on Canada ’s She’s Crafty and Crafters Coast to Coast.


In 2008 Jennifer added author to her resume with The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry released through North Light.  Jennifer has contributed projects to several books such as Not Another Teen Knitting Book, Tees : 50 Things to do With a T-shirt, Button Up and more.  Jennifer has also been profiled in books including Handmade Nation, Craft Corps and Blogging for Bliss.


When Jennifer is not working (which is not often) she enjoys spending time with her two fab kiddlets, husband, dog and cat in their kitschy South Austin home.

Jill Miller Zimon

Jill Miller Zimon

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @jillmz

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The short version: Jill Miller Zimon writes the topical blog, Writes Like She Talks (www.writeslikeshetalks.com) and often highlights the paucity of women in politics, among other topics. She's now a Candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives, House District 12 (check her out at jillmillerzimon.com). Previously, she was the Project Director for the Civic Commons EfficientGovNetwork and is in her fourth year of her first term as a Pepper Pike City Council Member (a suburb about 15 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio). She keeps a city council blog, In the Arena and also tweets as a city councilperson (@zimon4council).

She won the 2011 Campaigns & Elections Innovators award last fall for her use of social media and tech in her public service role and speaks frequently on the intersection of women, politics, power and media. She has a thriving freelance writing career when not doing something for these other endeavors or her three kids or husband or pretty much anyone who asks for her help.

The longer version:

Jill is a Contributing Editor at BlogHer.com, and in 2007, she was the only female in the short-lived, paid political blogging effort to be hosted by The Plain Dealer/cleveland.com called Wide Open.

Accolades for Jill’s freelance writing, blogging and political observations include being the first blogger to be named Women’s eNews Journalist of the Month (March 2009) and recognition as one of WE Magazine’s 101 Bloggers to Watch twice (2008 and 2010). She has provided commentary for CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, NPR (in its Election 2008 blogger war room), Newsweek.com’s The Ruckus, Cleveland public radio and television, The Plain Dealer, The Washington Post, Campaigns & Elections and many other broadcast, print and online outlets.

Before Jill began her journalism career, from 1992-2000, she was the first Ombudsman and then the first Director of Risk Management at a large mental health agency in Northeastern Ohio. Her unique work there led to a nomination for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Innovation. Prior to those roles, while earning her joint degree in law and social work at Case Western Reserve University, Jill was the principle investigator for ground-breaking work on training health care professionals to identify, assess and intervene on behalf of domestic violence victims who presented in pediatric settings.

In 2009, after a local Ohio newspaper named her “Most Influential Person” because her blogging helped expand a political free speech law, Jill decided to put her White House Project Go Run! training to the test.  In her race for Pepper Pike City Council, she became the first ever candidate to have a campaign website, as well as use Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and LinkedIn.  She also covered her experience for BlogHer.com, and, after winning, became one of a few political bloggers nationwide to step into and post directly from the political arena.

Although Jill’s formal entrance into electoral politics may seem late, much of politics today seems to her like “the old is new”: during her undergraduate years at Georgetown (where she earned dual degrees in government and sociology), she worked to track media exposure for immigration reform (aka the Simpson-Mazzoli bill) in the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice during Ronald Reagan’s first term. She also interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bruce A. Morrison, U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro’s predecessor and nearly became a co-founder of a women’s speakers bureau – in the mid-1980s - that sadly never came to be.

Jill lives with her husband, Jeff and their three school-aged children in a suburb east of but not hot in Cleveland.

Kalyn Denny

Kalyn Denny

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @kalynskitchen

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Kalyn Denny discovered blogging in 2005 when she needed a place to share her recipes online. Now she works full time as a blogger, barely keeping up with Kalyn's Kitchen, her popular food blog that features seasonal low glycemic recipes for healthy eating, weight loss, or blood sugar control. Kalyn also shares from-scratch slow cooker recipes from other bloggers at her second blog, Slow Cooker from Scratch.

In addition to her personal blogs, Kalyn writes a weekly Meatless Monday post for BlogHer.com, and is proud to be an official Meatless Monday blogger. Her recipes have been featured on sites all over the web, and she has appeared on panels talking about blogging at BlogHer, BlogHerFood, Camp Blogaway, SXSW, and IACP Conferences.

Before she was a blogger, Kalyn taught elementary school for 30 years and was an active member of her local education association, serving as Vice-President and President of Davis Education Association, and as a board member for the Utah Education Association and the National Education Association.

Kalyn grew up in a family with nine siblings in Bountiful, Utah , and recently moved back to her home town, buying a bigger house so she could host parties for her siblings, 39 nieces and nephews, and 60+ great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides her family, Kalyn is passionate about sushi, Scandinavian murder mysteries, gardening, cooking, photography, The Good Wife, and Feta cheese, not necessarily in that order.

Kim Pearson

Kim Pearson

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @professorkim

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I started out as a wee child with a love of magazines -- the old fashioned magazines with really good writing, such as Saturday Review or really powerful photoessays, such as Look., and of course, Ebony Because it was the 60s, and I was a little urban black girl from a working-class family with middle-class aspirations, these magazines were in our homes, and public affairs show were constantly on our television. I started writing essays when I was eight years old and thought that one day I would be like James Baldwin, facing down William F. Buckley and cutting him to quick with my rhetorical brilliance.

This of course was after I inferred that becoming an astronaut was probably out of the question (which I why I cried when Mae Jemison went up on the space shuttle.) Well, I never wrote for Norman Cousins, but I have written for a bunch of other magazines, and while I didn't become an astronaut, I have been a science writer. In addition, I teach writing for journalism and interactive multimedia at The College of New Jersey.I used to blog at Professor Kim's News Notes; now I write about my research at KimPearson.net. In my BlogHer posts for the law and journalism/media sections, I'm likely to pick up on issues involving civil rights, civil liberties the evolving business trends in the media business. I'm also interested in how members of under-represented groups gain access to the public square. Enough about me -- I look forward to your ideas, critiques and leads!

Laina Dawes

Laina Dawes

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @lainad

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Laina Dawes is the author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal (Bazillion Points, 2012). She is also a freelance music and cultural critic and concert photographer. Her writings and photography can be found in the journal Coon Bidness, the anthology, Marooned: The Next Generation of Desert Island Discs and print and online publications and radio programs, such as Flavorwire, MTV Iggy, Bitch magazine, Invisible Oranges, The Wire UK, Noisecreep, NPR, the Toronto Star, Exclaim! Metal Underground.com, Hellbound.ca and CBC Radio. She also runs the blog, Writing is Fighting.

Laina has guest lectured at colleges and universities in Canada and presented at both academic and non-academic conference in Canada and the United States on issues surrounding black feminism, and the intersectionalities between music (rock, metal, hardcore and punk) race, gender and cultural identity. She is currently a graduate student in the Liberal Studies department at The New School for Social Research in New York City. 

Laurie White

Laurie White

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @lauriewrites

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My name is Laurie, or @LaurieWrites on your Internet. I started blogging in 2005 (aka "before Twitter" and in a time when I apparently believed purple font was okay -- please don't read my archives), joined BlogHer as an original contributing editor in 2006, and haven't shut up since. I also picked up a multimedia journalism degree a few years ago, and left a career in college teaching and counseling to work in words and pictures full-time. 

I love writing, editing, taking pictures, any social media platform that has been or ever will be invented, food, music, traveling, smooshy-faced dogs, and the challenges and joys of online community.  A previous editor at DraftDaySuit and a pop culture writer at the late, great MamaPop, I currently write about entertainment for Babble, contribute to TueNight and to BlogHer, and manage community and communications for Mom 2.0 Summit

I live in the very same Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. where I was born,  where I dream of managing awesome things online from a deck by the ocean or a New York brownstone, depending on the day.  Wherever I am, you can find me @lauriewrites on Twitter, @laurieanne on Instagram, and on Pinterest, too. 

BlogHer and blogging changed my life. Nothing in my writing career has meant more to me than speaking as an original BlogHer Voice of the Year and at the BlogHer Food '13 Closing Keynote. Nothing.

I hope you'll share your story, too. It matters. 

Lianne Farbes

Lianne Farbes

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @themakeupgirl

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Lianne Farbes is a Social Media Strategist, Beauty Expert,  sought after Brand Consultant, Founder & Principal of Digital Girl Media, LLC.  She is also the author of the award winning beauty blog, The Makeup Girl.

Having blogged for 6 years, she is considered a godmother in the industry when it comes to beauty blogging.  In fact, to those she mentors, she is often referred to as a "fairy blog mother".

Currently, Lianne is a brand ambassador for Avon, Inc., a partnership she is thrilled about because of the state of the art research and deveopment behind the iconic brand and it's commitment to philanthrophy. As a Brand Ambassador, Lianne has been invited to several brand events and media junkets for Unilever brands like Suave, Dove & Ponds. Several Proctor & Gamble Beauty brands, Johnson & Johnson's Aveeno and Estee Lauder's MAC Cosmetics. Last year, Farbes collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a capsule collection called "Bloggers Obsessions" that went on sale online in North America. Her shade, Hocus Pocus...an ode to the ever popular smokey eye, debuted on June 21, 2011, and sold out in a week. She is a Social Media & Online Marketing Specialist, blog developer, beauty blogger, music buff, avid foodie and continues to spread her beauty knowledge through seminars and speaking engagements throughout the US.

Mir Kamin

Mir Kamin

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @Mir

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Learn more about me or just visit my personal blog or come bargain hunt with me. Writing? Check. Parenting? Check. Shopping for shoes? Check. Yep, that pretty much covers the important stuff.

Something that might surprise you about me: I hold a U.S. patent for the design of a software installation user interface I worked on while at IBM. I used the bonus money I received for said patent to buy a washing machine, because I'm wild and crazy like that.
Nordette

Nordette Adams

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @nordette_verite

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Nordette Adams is a published poet and fiction writer who grew up in New Orleans, LA, moved away at 20, and returned in 2007. During her lifetime, she's worked as a journalist for weekly newspapers in Georgia and New Jersey and written articles for regional magazines. She's also been a public relations specialist for a government facility in South Carolina where she ghost-wrote white papers and trade articles for environmental engineers, penned scripts, and produced documentaries. Later,, she worked at a New Jersey telecommunications company as a technical writer.  Today, however, the poet is focused on her life as a poet.

In 2013, at the invitation of Louisiana's former State Poet Laureate Julie Kane, Nordette participated in "Just Listen to Yourself" at the Louisiana State Library. More recently she discovered that some of her poems are being used by schools in America and abroad for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day events, social justice studies, and final exams. Nordette has been a contributing editor at BlogHer.com since 2006.,  You are invited to visit her personal blog, Whose Shoes Are These Anyway?
Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Shannon Des Roches Rosa

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @shannonrosa

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I'm the BlogHer Contributing Editor on parenting children with special needs, and I'm at your service.

I've got three kids -- one of whom is autistic -- so the current playlist has parenting on heavy rotation. I am a kick-ass writer and editor, and have been blogging fearlessly and compassionately about parenting and autism since 2003, at www.Squidalicious.com. I'm also a co-founder and senior editor at  Thinking Person's Guide to Autism.

My work as an autism parenting and iPad advocate has been profiled in The New York Times, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, PBS Parents, SF Weekly, and SF Gate. My radio interviews on autism parenting and blogging include KQED Forum, KCUR Central Standard, and News Talk KIRO. I've edited several anthologies and contributed stories to numerous books, including the award-winning My Baby Rides the Short Bus. I frequently speak at conferences, including BlogHer and UCSF Developmental Disabilities.

I'm an unabashed geek, so my enthusiasms often outstrip my social skills. But I'm always happy to answer (and ask!) questions.

Shannon LC Cate

Shannon LC Cate

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @lilysea

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I have been writing about family, parenting, politics and religion since 2000. My work has appeared on Babble.com, Literary Mama.com, in Adoptive Families Magazine, Gay Chicago Magazine and elsewhere.  I live in Chicago with my partner, CL Cole and our daughters, Nat and Selina.  My debut novel, Jack, is available from Musa Publishing. You can find it anywhere e-books are sold.

Virginia DeBolt

Virginia DeBolt

Contributing Editor

Twitter: @vdebolt

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I've enjoyed a number of parallel or serial careers. Teaching, writing, and web designing have all combined to create a mixed bag of web design writer and educator, tech writer, and blogger. I blog about that mix of topics at Web Teacher.

I teach various web design topics in UNM's Continuing Education department.

I've written several books about HTML, CSS, web standards, and Dreamweaver. I served several years as Tech section editor for BlogHer.com.

I wrote 4 books for teachers about the writing process. I create a daily writing prompt at First 50 Words. This blog was named one of the 101 best blogs for writers by Writers' Digest for the last two years.

I'm interested in pop culture and blog about it at Old Ain't Dead.