I'm Sad for the Roanoke Victims, But I'm Also Sad for Bryce Williams

It has been a long, exhausting and sad week for Roanoke, VA, to say the very least. I met my spouse in Roanoke. Our daughter was born in Roanoke. Most of my friends and news/advertising/marketing colleagues still live and work in the Roanoke Region. I lived there for eight years and when I think about my time in Roanoke, it holds so many beautiful and fun memories and despite the horror that has occurred there this week, which is the way I will choose to remember it....more

Roanoke TV Shooting: Making Sense Out of the Senseless

Like the rest of the world, I was stunned by the news coming out of Virginia early Wednesday morning.The murder of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was an unimaginable, senseless act of violence. Making it even more unimaginable was the fact that it happened live, on the air, before 7 a.m. for viewers and their horrified co-workers to see. Photographer Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, Image Credit: WDBJ...more

Typhoon Soudelor Ravaged Saipan: This Is Why Social Media Matters

On August 2, 2015, the island of Saipan was ravaged by the most powerful storm on the earth: Typhoon Soudelor, It decimated the island with gusts up to 200 mph, now growing stronger as it moves toward China, taking with it category five winds. It hit Saipan hard. The winds kicked up debris and it spared few people. Typhoon Soudelor left 50,000 island residents without running water and electricity. ...more

I'm Sad for the Roanoke Victims, But I'm Also Sad for Bryce Williams

It has been a long, exhausting and sad week for Roanoke, VA, to say the very least. I met my spouse in Roanoke. Our daughter was born in Roanoke. Most of my friends and news/advertising/marketing colleagues still live and work in the Roanoke Region. I lived there for eight years and when I think about my time in Roanoke, it holds so many beautiful and fun memories and despite the horror that has occurred there this week, which is the way I will choose to remember it....more

Roanoke TV Shooting: Making Sense Out of the Senseless

Like the rest of the world, I was stunned by the news coming out of Virginia early Wednesday morning.The murder of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward was an unimaginable, senseless act of violence. Making it even more unimaginable was the fact that it happened live, on the air, before 7 a.m. for viewers and their horrified co-workers to see. Photographer Adam Ward and reporter Alison Parker, Image Credit: WDBJ...more

You Don't Need to Use Curse Words in Blog Posts

I don't care what you want to call it. It's idiotic. I hate reading a blog post with a bunch of f-bombs (or any curse words for that matter). It's like the author can't think of another way to express themselves so they lower their standards to speak as neanderthals. The story may be good but if the post contains a lot of profanity, I refuse to share it or like it, and it's highly doubtful I will come back to that blog ever again. ...more

SHARE-WHORING: A CALL TO END FALSE INFLUENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Originally published August 14, 2015 on CaptainOptimist.com...more

Want To Get Published? Don't Be Afraid To Pitch

If you want to write things somewhere other than your own blog, learning to pitch your ideas effectively is key. ...more

Typhoon Soudelor Ravaged Saipan: This Is Why Social Media Matters

On August 2, 2015, the island of Saipan was ravaged by the most powerful storm on the earth: Typhoon Soudelor, It decimated the island with gusts up to 200 mph, now growing stronger as it moves toward China, taking with it category five winds. It hit Saipan hard. The winds kicked up debris and it spared few people. Typhoon Soudelor left 50,000 island residents without running water and electricity. ...more

Of Sports Center and the Quarter Quell: 5 Observations from the First Republican Primary Debate

I admit it. I don't like talking politics too much. But, I absolutely LOVE watching the political debates that take place whenever an active race to the White House is in effect. The professional communicator (and frustrated sports commentator) in me can’t help but analyze the performance of the candidates and the media personalities who cover them as if they were athletes on a Sports Center highlight reel....more

Olympic Champion Nicole Cooke's 'The Breakaway' Reveals Sexism in Cycling

I often wonder how women like Nicole Cooke become women like Nicole Cooke, strong and courageous enough to earn the titles of a World and Olympic cyclist champion. A mother, I am always looking for ways to empower my daughter and help her become competitive and strong, in mind and in body....more

It's Official: I'm Vocally Fried

Recently I read Ann Friedman’s salty piece in New York Magazine on "vocal fry," a way of talking in which you draw out the end of sentences or words with a low, raspy, creaky sound that comes from the back of throat. Like "upspeak" and "valley girl speak," vocal fry is a speech pattern or vocal tic -- apparently unique to women -- that seems to make the person using it (i.e., the young woman) sound immature, dumb, small, and not confident. ...more

BlogHer '15, I loved you!

In an annual rite of summer, I attended the BlogHer.com Conference in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown Manhattan. As it was the 11th such Conference, the bugs were worked out long ago and things seemed to go flawlessly. Be advised, therefore, BlogHer '15, "Experts Among Us," was one heartfelt treat after another!...more
Laurel Regan Laurel! It's so true. Our BlogHer Internet relationships seem to grow in richness. ...more