Bloggers: Use Your Power for Good

Wasn’t it Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz who said, “Dorothy, use your power for good, not evil?” Blogs have power, and they’re the ideal place to inspire readers and lift them up. Blogs give you an opportunity to express your love and appreciation for family and friends, and to publicly acknowledge the nice things people have done fo...more

An Open Letter to Steve Harvey

I've followed the career of Steve Harvey for years now, from The Steve Harvey Show (with Romeo & Bullethead) to his comedy specials on cable TV, Family Feud, his new daytime talk show & on the radio. I have always had a very high opinion of him. The work he is doing mentoring young men is amazing. Last week, he said something on his radio show that didn't sit well with me. It was regarding some bloggers that didn't agree with his opinions on the whole Mimi Faust sex tape ordeal. ...more

Beautiful Day #LinkyParty

Amber @ Fit, Foodie RunsJoin this awesome #LinkyParty. Not only do the hosts comment on all links, but also like new facebook pages and feature 3 the following week. Not to mention...some posts are featured on FB too leaving maximum exposure for you!...more

Bloggers – Beware of 4Sponsor!

Bloggers – Beware of 4Sponsor!  Watch out for this! They really pay $1!  ...more

What Bloggers Need to Know About Social Signals in 2014?

Social signals are those little numbers you see at the side of Facebook posts. Every social media platform calls them something different. Facebook calls them ‘likes’, Twitter calls them ‘retweets’ and Pinterest calls them ‘repins’. They’re all the same thing, though. They measure the popularity of a post. As a blogger, you need to pay attention to social signals. People have asked are social signals worth anything, and Google has confirmed social media is essential; by implication this makes the signals worthwhile. ...more

My Top Six - Pet Peeves

What are some of the things that annoy you? I'm so annoyed, that unlike most people who have a top five, I could only narrow mine down to six....more

One Blogger's Amazing Takedown Of Martha Stewart

One Blogger's Amazing Takedown Of Martha Stewart ...more

Blogging: Would You Promote a Brand Exclusively?

There are milestones in a blogger’s life that signify how far they’ve gone after all their hard work. Receiving an offer for sponsorship for the very first time, for instance, is a milestone. Selling an ad spot on your blog for the first time is another. But when brands approach you and ask to partner up, do you say yes if the contract comes with exclusivity terms?I have been debating this question with myself in the past few days. I wonder what other bloggers do; do they say no automatically? Do they say yes if the price is right?...more

Advice for New(ish) Bloggers

10 months ago, I started a little business. It's been a dream of mine for a while now, being my own boss, setting my own hours, loving what I do, and doing what I love. It has taken me 12 years to get here. Blogging got me here. If I say this to someone who doesn't blog, or doesn't read any blogs, they will likely shake their heads and move on. To the many who started a blog just to document family moments, or just write, and find themselves in careers they never envisioned possible (social media consultants, community managers, brand ambassadors, published authors, freelance writers, website designers, the list goes on), they will understand. ...more
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That's a Wrap! BlogHer '13

Being a newbie to BlogHer I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I will say that everything that I “thought” I expected was exceeded. Heading back to Chicago already filled me with excitement, since I used to live there. There’s something about that city that draws me in and makes me never want to leave – it truly is magnificent. And the events of the week and weekend made the experience one that I won’t soon forget....more