Use Your Blog to Make Real Connections With Readers

Want to know how to keep your blog alive and acquire loyal followers that want to keep coming back and actually read the things you have to say? Yeah, me too.  ...more

Make Sure New Readers Feel Welcome on Your Blog

My friend, Cassie, is huge on fostering a sense of community on her blog, and I love that about her. Her approach to encouraging community got me to thinking. How can I make my blog a space where readers want to return to and at the same time, how ...more

How to Take Your Blog in a New Direction

A couple of years ago, I changed the focus of my blog. Whether you're thinking of shifting your blog focus slightly or making a big change, these 10 tips for re-branding your blog will come in handy. ...more

Ready, Set, Go With June's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month?  ...more

Start a Weekly Series on Your Blog

I'm a big fan of weekly series. I have two that I do on my blog. The first is the Friday Blog Roundup, and I've been writing this weekly post for almost 9 years. 9 years -- every week! It's simply a way to share some of the blog posts that ...more

Forget SEO: 10 Better Reasons to Blog

Your probably come across posts listing reasons people and businesses should blog. SEO, branding, etc. Those lists are practical and have useful advice around building an audience. But here's the thing: the very best blogging I've ever encountered has had nothing to do with brands or being seen or newsletter growth or client acquisition. The very best posts I've ever read have been from the heart, and have beautifully touched upon elements of life too easily missed. With that in mind, here are my top ten why blogging really matters. ...more
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Join Us for BlogHer University's Getting Ready for #BlogHer15 Class in June!

It's nearly here, ALREADY: The big #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us conference in New York City is just six weeks away … and counting. Did you know we're The world's biggest celebration of women content creators? That's right. We're kind of a big deal. ....more
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LISTENING: My #Defining Moment at BlogHer 2009

I sat in the dark and listened. An audience of hundreds and hundreds of bloggers communed together in silence, seemingly riveted, as each speaker read their blog post on stage. ...more
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When the Dust Settles

Live long enough and you'll find yourself in a scuffle. Maybe it'll be nothing serious. Maybe it'll turn out to be the fight of your life. Maybe it'll be something in between. Whatever happens, what matters is your stance in the aftermath. ...more

Network Like a Lobbyist!

Silicon Valley is home to more than a million inhabitants and numerous startups popping up every day.  It is often said the key to success in this valley is to meet the right person. The right person for funding your start up or that perfect engineer to complete your team.  We call this networking.Networking events pop up all over the bay area.  Which ones should you attend? What should you wear? Do I have the energy?  Although I consider myself an extrovert, networking events can be a little intimidating at times. Don’t you think?...more

Summer Instagram Challenge

 I'm thrilled it's summer! Thrilled! Okay, not officially summer, but summer enough for me....more

Lyme disease feels like living with a Magic 8 Ball.

Lyme disease feels like living with a Magic 8 Ball.  You really never know what you are going to wake up with in the morning. Sometimes you get lucky and it tells you to try again tomorrow and you have a really great day.  Sometimes you get the iffy answer that you are just going to have to get dressed and find out what will happen, and other days you know as soon as you open your eyes that the answer is that you are screwed....more

Autism growing up...

Today is my son's last day of Elementary school.  Not a big deal for most, but my son as Autism and enrolled in the PPCD program 8 years ago.  I have watched him grow from a very shy and scared little boy to a friendly and excited kid.  We formed friendships with his teachers.  He and I have been through many changes in these last 8 years.  Diagnoses, Divorce, ReMarriage, baby brother, step parents, step siblings, new home, death, struggles, and smiles.  Through it all, we have eachother.  I have always been one of t...more

One Critical Aspect Your Small Business Social Media Plan Might Be Missing

There are so many things to think about and remember when it comes to getting started with a social media plan for your small business....more

Does It Have to Be You?

Exercise :1. Write down all the activities that you typically do in a day, such as:...more

Forget SEO: 10 Better Reasons to Blog

Your probably come across posts listing reasons people and businesses should blog. SEO, branding, etc. Those lists are practical and have useful advice around building an audience. But here's the thing: the very best blogging I've ever encountered has had nothing to do with brands or being seen or newsletter growth or client acquisition. The very best posts I've ever read have been from the heart, and have beautifully touched upon elements of life too easily missed. With that in mind, here are my top ten why blogging really matters. ...more
We are quite new to blogging so I enjoyed reading this - different days seem to throw up so many ...more