Positive Ways Brands and Bloggers Can Work Together

The key to success in social media engagement is to forge strong relationships, deliver relevant content and most importantly, respect the writer and her readers. As a starting point for developing long term sustainable relationships between brands and social media influencers, here are some best practices for your consideration. ...more

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2010 Gift Guide: Buy Gifts Made by Bloggers

If I'm going to go online to pick up gifts, why not support the businesses of some of the talented bloggers that I see online (and maybe, with your help, some I've never even heard of before)? ...more

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Adult Acne Diary: Day 2

If you read the previous ...more

Unexpected Friendships: Giveaway Teaser #2

Making Connections I started blogging last March. I didn't know any bloggers. I had read only a few blogs. Then a crazy thing started to happen....more

my new favorite way to scrapbook: 5 reasons to blurg

 so, i know many of you are already doing this,and i could be way late to the game... but because not all of us can be angie when it comes to perfectly clever pages and paper, ...more

Adding Favicons To Your Site

Most people love ways to make their blogs more unique, and what is a better way to do that than to have a favicon? Here is a quick glance at what it is and how you can create one for your own blog.   Have you ever noticed that many sites like Google have a favicon, which is a cute and tiny icon. But you may find it that you want your own, so your readers can find it easy among the address bar or favorite’s window. Here is a tutorial that is just on that, but please keep in mind that this is only for self-hosted Wordpress blogs....more

To Advertise or not to Advertise?

Over the past couple of months, I've heard a lot of bloggers make various comments about advertising on their blogs. Some live by it and others...well they despise it. Major corporations advertise all the time. What's the big deal?If you aren't familiar with advertising on your blog, there are many different ways to go about it. There are affiliate programs you can join, you can sell ad space on your blog, brands can sponsor giveaways, or even charge for links in your posts. There are other ways you can advertise, but I'm just going to use these for examples....more

New study says media is the leading sex educator for kids

Finding out what your kids watch on TV or on the internet could be as important to your kids' health and wellness as making sure they wear bike helmets. According to an article published in the September issue of the Journal of Pediatrics, kids are learning about sex from the media and the message can be dangerous....more

It's all about new friendships

I would never have guessed that my life would be so different after telling my Children 2010 story at a theater here in Los Angeles. I met one amazing woman who I bonded with and from there I am now a volunteer marketing director on her website. That led to me joining all these blog sites and finding more and more amazing women writers. I have now found myself submitting my stories on websites, blogs and anywhere that will accept my stories. It has been a life changing event....more