Maria Niles

Hi - I'm Maria, nice to meet you! I've been a Contributing Editor here at BlogHer.com since 2006. I joined BlogHer as a full-time staff member after running my own consulting firm called ConsumerPop for five years. I am now working as Director of Project Management, Product Marketing, Client Services. I've written about a wide variety of topics from business to politics to pop culture for BlogHer and occasionally do the same at my personal blog PopConsumer. You can also find me and links to my various online homes at MariaNiles.com.

I Loved Guest Host Kerry Washington but not Saturday Night Live

I watched Saturday Night Live this past weekend, eager to see the star of Scandal, Kerry Washington host. Though, on the heels of the conversation around the lack of Black women in the cast, it was entirely possible that expectations would be too high to make the show anything but a disappointment. The diversity discussion was addressed immediately in the cold open: ...more
Elisa Camahort Thanks for weighing in Elisa (and for thinking of me :) I cringed at that ...more

Why You Should Ditch Your Camera And Get THIS One!

This camera is perfect for anyone just jumping off the point and shoot boat because it teaches you how to use it without using all that photographer lingo. You know what I mean ... f stop, iso, blah, blah, blah. With this camera you don’t need to know the jargon, and you can still get great shots. The camera gives you as much, or as little control as you want. ...more

Sandy in FL (and a new camera)

For me, the following pictures put some perspective on the damage Sandy did up north considering the storm was smaller when it passed FL and it really didn’t even “hit” us. The storm + full moon caused significant damage, even here in Fort Lauderdale. ...more

Seeing Things In A New Light With The Panasonic Lumix G5 Camera

I love this camera and, even though I never thought I’d do it, I’m moving on from my trusty little point-and-shoot. The Panasonic Lumix G5 is just so, so much better. ...more

This Camera Blew Me Away!

If you're a hands-on learner that's totally fine too. The G5 is extra user-friendly straight out of the box. No steep learning curve involved which is convenient especially around the holiday season. Unpack and get shooting. Whether you're the occasional photographer or a professional looking for a practical addition to your gear lineup you're bound to fall in love with some of the features. ...more

Panasonic Lumix G-5 Review (and a Giveaway!)

I have really enjoyed getting to explore the Panasonic Lumix G-5. I would never call myself a photographer, but I happen to take thousands of photos for the blog--and I enjoy it. There is so much I could learn to manually adjust things based on certain lighting or situations, but it's nice when the camera does a lot of that for you. ...more

I'm 59!

No, I didn't celebrate a birthday recently, but I am happy to "shout out my age" and be proud of it! Olay is proudly turning 60 years old this year and asked bloggers if they were also daring enough to shout out their age to the world. I recently changed my social media profile picture to this photo, as I feel it shows I'm truly happy to be the age I am. I am excited to be alive and on the cusp of a new decade and I look forward to the next chapter of my life. ...more

i want to live a great story

"have you ever made a bucket list? i had only made yearly goals in the past but when Olay asked me what i was checkin' off my bucket list i knew i had to get to it. my life is moving on everyday and i needed to be intentional! so i started writing things down....thinking about what i really want in life." ...more

Olay and My Good Life Bucket List

In celebration of Olay’s 60th anniversary, Olay continues to empower women to challenge what’s possible and to be proud of their age. Olay is encouraging and rewarding women for checking items off their bucket list-- not in the negative aspect of the bucket list but in the empowering aspect of ‘I’m knocking things off my list—living a good life’. Olay and BlogHer asked me to share my own bucket list accomplishments. Being 37, I have a few wrinkles, a little less elasticity, but in trade I have some amazing life experiences under my belt: ...more

With Age Comes Beauty (A Giveaway)

I'd like to tell you that having very young children in my mid-life is my secret to looking youthful. But that would be a lie. I've earned every single grey hair and wrinkle from later-in-life-motherhood. I honestly believe that looking and acting younger than my years is the gift of laughter. My children make me laugh, my husband is hysterical, and best of all I'm surrounded by amazing and beautiful women friends of all ages that I spend a good deal of quality time giggling with. ...more