Mel Ford

I'm the Blogging & Social Media editor as well as the Health editor at BlogHer.  Which means some days I'm talking about new ways to navigate Facebook and then turning around and discussing your heart health.

I write Stirrup Queens when I'm not reading other people's blogs, cooking, or chasing after my twins.

I'm the author of four books: Life from Scratch (Belle Books, 2010), a novel about blogging, Measure of Love (Belle Books, 2013), and the forthcoming Apart at the Seams (Belle Books, 2014).  I also wrote Navigating the Land of If (Seal Press, 2009), a non-fiction book about infertility and pregnancy loss.  You can always find information about my books on my author site.  Plus I love to talk about writing and publishing.

You can find me on Facebook and on Twitter. And you can reach me via email at

American Greetings Wants You to Know That Dads Suck… Until Father’s Day

Parenting is hard. You are responsible for another human being, 24/7. There are no sick days, no vacation days ....more

Are You Infertile Enough?

This will be a hard post to read....more

Mais non, Monsieur, I Would Not Like France's Email Ban

I'm aware that a lot of people are jealous of the new labour agreement signed in France that will go into effect if approved by the Labour Ministry that states that workers cannot check their work email nor can their employer contact them after hours.  Though there isn't a firm cut-off time, the hour is set to ensure that employees can relax the full minimum regulated time of 11 hours while they're away from work.  So no checking email on the weekend, no quick phone call from the boss while you're sitting down to dinner, and no text messages received right before you go to bed. ...more
If I had a 9-5 job, this is a concept I'd really appreciate. And I think perhaps for freelancers ...more

The Sorts of Books I Want to See as Movies

A few months ago, the trailer for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was released, and Josh asked me if I wanted to see it....more

Autism Post Roundup: Add Your Best Posts

April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to understand autism than through your words?  Blog posts can give readers a panoramic view of the experience since autism differs from person to person.  We've created a roundup of posts on BlogHer and personal blogs in case you missed them the first time.  They'll take you from hope to frustration and back again.  They bring in all the members of the family and the community.  And they provide a rallying cry to make this month about more than just awareness. ...more
I'm not a mom (yet) or autistic, but I do keep up with a number of folks who either are autistic ...more

Which Female Genitalia Are You?

Female genitalia is sooooooooooo complex and so are we! I went on Buzzfeed to see if I could take one of their quizzes to figure myself and my organs out....more

489th Friday Blog Roundup

Proving just how enormous and scattered the ALI blogosphere is, I had never heard of the Wiegands until they released the trailer for American Blogger, though the wife of the filmmaker — Casey Wiegand — started her blog after her miscarriage....more

Happy Change Your Passwords Day

You’ve probably heard of the Heartbleed bug that is the biggest Internet infection ever....more

Neil Kramer's 'American Blogger' Parody Is the Funniest Thing You'll Watch All Week

By now you've probably heard about American Blogger, the movie that promises to "change the way you see an entire industry." But have you seen Neil Kramer (and his shirt collection) in What is Blogging? His movie astutely notes that a blog is a way "to give them the information they don't want or need." ...more
I am as cool as you think , KarenLynnn. I am.more

Let's Talk about Sex... With Your Baby?!?!

According to the Kinsey Institute, the average kid loses his or her virginity before he or she graduates high school. For boys, it's an average of 16.9 years, and girls lose their virginity on average at 17.4 years. Heroin use is up amongst teenagers. All of this points to a simple fact: that the time to talk about HIV/AIDS with kids is much earlier than you possibly thought. ...more