Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
BarbraBrandon  also http://photopin.commore

Moms with Postpartum Depression Don't Kill People

It doesn’t matter who she is, what her history is, or how old her child is.  If a mother commits a crime or does harm, postpartum depression will be mentioned within minutes. Not 24 hours after Connecticut mother Miriam Carey showed up in DC in her black Infiniti and started ramming barriers at the White House and U.S. Capitol, PPD initially was named as the cause. ...more
@katstone  Agree, but in American cultural vernacular, you're splitting semantics. I had the ...more

Racial Ugliness After the Miss America Beauty Pageant

Just when I had hoped the Miss America pageant would continue its slip into cultural irrelevance, Nina Davuluri was crowned as the new Miss America. Before the tiara was even firmly pinned to her hair, Miss America was setting social media abuzz with conversations about race. Tweets and Facebook posts trended. Marring the enthusiastic posts celebrating the crowning of the first Indian-American Miss America (and the second consecutive Miss New York to win the pageant) were racist slams and ill-informed comments about Davuluri's heritage.  ...more
The Todd Starnes comment you referenced didn't have anything to do with the winner's ethnicity. ...more

Why I'm Removing Facebook from My Mobile Device

I confess: there are times when I seek to disconnect.  When Facebook is the easiest, most convenient escape from the constant can-I’s, she-said’s, will-you’s and to-do’s that flow from my childrens' mouths. But having instant access to Facebook from my mobile device means the ability to escape is readily available at the push of a button. Truth be told, it’s not unlike a self-administering morphine pump, tempting to numb me from the pain of my responsibilities. What began as a quick way to check out Facebook has become a mechanism by which to simply checkout. ...more
Great idea. I'm totally doing this! Going to delete the app now... and maybe Twitter too!more

What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
@Melissa Ford Yes, I think the way we conduct ourselves as readers/commenters AND as ...more

What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
"It's not lying that is damaging the reputation of the Internet; it's the vitriol." I agree it's ...more

The Hidden Costs of Blogging and Rarely Discussed Money-Saving Measures

So, let's talk cold, hard cash: how much does it really cost you to blog once you factor in the necessary (computer), the wanted (pretty blog design), and the reality (nothing is free: when you're taking time to blog, you're taking time away from something else).  Blogging can quickly become a very expensive hobby. ...more
Mel, I'm glad you mentioned opportunity costs. That's what I'm struggling with now. There are ...more

Listening to the Women of Monsanto

Monsanto recently made the headlines when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled to uphold the company's patent on its genetically modified seed. ...more
Another interesting post this week you might consider from The New York Times: A Race to Save ...more

Announcing: Birds of a Feather Lunch on Friday at BlogHer '13

BlogHer is just over a week away (GULP) and we know that your excitement is about as strong as your nerves right now. Meeting your online friends and collegaues IRL is both amazing and terrifying, and we'd like to help you get get by with a little help from your friends....more
Agricultural Bloggers, please! I know of a burgeoning contingency coming this year who blog ...more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
@Denise  You ladies rock! Thank you. I like the new design btw :)more