5 Ways to Spread Love on the Internet Right Now

If you want to carry over the warm buzz of Thanksgiving and offer up some good cheer for shoppers to open when they get home from their gift acquiring adventures, I present my own version of Cyber Monday. ...more
Your point about writing a meaningful comment is a good reminder. Reading and commenting on ...more

One Simple Way to Improve the Comment System on Your Wordpress Blog

I've been blogging with Wordpress since March. That's a little over three months of writing new posts at least twice a week. (Go me!) In that time I've received 90+ comments from readers. Thank you!...more
This was extremely helpful, Marina!  I hadn't thought to look into my comment systems, but now ...more

A Reminder to Avoid the (Racist) Crazies: Don't Read the (Facebook) Comments

I admit -- I have a thing about going down foxholes I know I shouldn't be going down. Just the other day I unleashed a gmail hack to my entire contact list because I just couldn't help myself from opening an email that I knew, in the back of my head, was spam. I knew it was not going to turn out good for me. But my curiosity took over, and my good sense...who knows where it went....more

My Blog Is Me, But I'm Not My Blog

I love.It's been an amazing week for Tales From the Motherland, and it's given me lots to think about....more

Nov 30 Its your turn

 Nov 30   Its Your Turn It’s your turn.  I want to hear from you.  This month, I registered for the National Blog Posting Month event, wherein the participants write something in their blog every day.  There’s no prize, no contest, just the challenge of the event.  But yet, my curiosity and my ego want to know what you thought. Therefore, I seek your words. ...more

5 Signs That You Are an Internet Troll

As a blogger with connections to writers all over the world, I hear a lot of complaining about the trolls ruining the comment sections of articles, especially those posted on the bigger blogs such as  Huffington Post or Scary Mommy. My own work has earned the gaze of trolls along with their pithy (often misspelled and expletive-filled vitriol) explanations for why I should "just kill myself" or my personal favorite to, "get a life." ...more
Thanks for this. I hope it makes a difference, but I suspect that the true trolls know exactly ...more

NaBloPoMo Prompt 9: I commented. Now what?

Today's NaBloPoMo Prompt is, "After you leave a comment, do you go back to check and see if people responded to your comment? Why or why not?"So this week is really boring....Short answer: no.Reasons:...more

NaBloMoPo Prompt 8: Leave Comments

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Write on Someone Else’s Blog Day: instead of writing a post on your own blog, go leave five comments. It still counts as writing!”Woo! Easy day. ...more

NaBloPoMo Prompt 7: Do You Think You Get Enough Comments?

Today’s NaBloPoMo Prompt is, “Do you think you get enough comments? What constitutes as enough?”Well, isn’t this just a loaded question.So I do run three different blogs, so we’ll dissect three different comment sections.So I do run three different blogs, so we’ll dissect three different comment sections....more

Publishing Online without Worrying About Trolls and Abuse

The internet has been incredibly liberating for writers and bloggers who may not have journalism degrees but have a lot of to say about a particular subject or the world at large. It can cost less than $200 to get a .com up and running these days, and all it takes then is your own time to research and write articles/posts that people will engage and interact with....more
I am an novice blogger and yesterday, I got my first snarky comment.  It was actually on the FB ...more