What Did You Learn At BlogHer PRO '14?

Our BlogHer PRO '14 attendees shared a lot of wisdom via Twitter during the conference. As always, they've also shared what they learned, who inspired them, and what they plan on doing next in their own spaces on the web. We've rounded up a number of great perspectives from the conference to share with you today. Read on to get inspired by our amazing attendees. ...more

5 More Thoughts to Inspire You from BlogHer PRO '14

Day Two of BlogHer PRO '14 didn't disappoint. Attendees tweeted up a storm, sharing relevant and pertinent information with each other and their followers. Our speakers once again took to the stage and shared their expertise and experience. We're sharing another five great tweets that will inspire you today... to do something tomorrow. Read on! ...more
Aww, thanks. It was a pleasure to speak yesterday.more

5 Bits Of Wisdom From Day One at BlogHer PRO '14

BlogHer PRO '14 kicked off today in Silicon Valley. As always, our attendees took to Twitter to share the words that most resonated with them from each speaker. Anyone following along with the #BlogHerPRO14 hashtag learned something today. I know I learned a lot! We've complied five important tweets today that you may want to take to heart, share around, and keep in mind as you look toward 2015. ...more
What a great conference! So glad i set aside the time to attend. Great takeaways and action ...more

Findery: The Treasure Map of Your Life

Since I was old enough to write, I had diaries and sketchbooks and notebooks. But when I discovered the internet, I fell in love with it. I set up my own web page, or, as we called it then, “online diary,” and eventually, blog. I could meet faraway friends, I could tell my stories, and I could read the stories of others. Through all my work with Flickr, Etsy, and a bunch of other companies, people's creativity, art, poetry, and stories have always been my focus. The internet has always been about connecting me to these. ...more

The Most Effective Writing Question: What's Your Angle?

They say that there are no new stories. In fact, author Christopher Booker suggests that every story ever told is a variation on seven basic plots. So, how do you differentiate your story from every other comedy, tragedy, memoir, quest, or rebirth? The answer is in the specific angle you use to tell your tale. Consider Eric and Charlotte Kaufman's story. ...more
Great lesson. I appreciate the insights!more

Announcing a BlogHer PRO '14 Fireside Chat with Entrepreneurial Icon and Tech Founder Caterina Fake

This is an anouncement of a BlogHer PRO '14 keynote speaker, but bear with me while I reminisce. Eight years ago, BlogHer '06, our second conference, took place. One of my clearest memories of that year is the pride I felt in featuring a triumvirate of blogging pioneers who were early bloggers, were amazing and entrepreneurial women in tech, and most thrillingly had each co-founded one of the fundamental tools in use at that time for bloggers like us. ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thanks for sharing this! It's a great list. I struggle with writing headlines on my blog, Rudeysroommore

How to Write a Funny Post

Stuck on how to make your posts funnier? Here, let me help....more
thanks...now to go back to 2007 and rewrite all my old posts to be funny !more

How to Write Well About Controversial Topics

Some people can write about controversial topics such as circumcision, breastfeeding, or spankings and host a thoughtful discussion in their comment section, and other people write about those very same topics and end up with what amounts to a bar brawl on their blog. Image: Barbed wire, Shutterstock Are there specific things those first bloggers know that allow them to tackle controversial topics without raising their readership's collective blood pressure? Why... yes. And these are the steps you also can take if you want to write well about controversial topics. ...more
This is timely for me. I've been "writing" a TWO controversial pieces for weeks. I've written ...more

How to Beat Writer's Block and Make Your Writing More Creative

The only way to become more creative is to force yourself to do it. It's like starting a fitness routine: You'll loathe it at first, but eventually, flexing your creative muscle will feel good. You'll also be able to use it more easily in your regular writing; your voice will become more distinctive, and your choice of topics broader. ...more
great comments, thanks I switched jobs recently and I am struggling with the transition. These ...more