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 melissa.ford@blogher.com.

Dark Lord Baltimore and the Smart Girl

I’m going to take a moment to brag about my virtual pet and my actual child. First, my virtual pet. Hay Day recently released a virtual bunny that could be purchased for a lot of vouchers....more

iPads are Why Your Baby Won't Get into Harvard

Your kid may be the best screen swiper of all time, able to create giggle-inducing hairstyles in the Toca Boca salon app, but all those iPad hours are keeping your child from building the skills they need for future endeavours, including fine motor skills. We've long heard about how devices are affecting social skills, but now we're also hearing about how a lack of imaginative play can affect children long-term, behaviour-wise and skill-wise. ...more
Hmm....Previous generations spent 10 hours a day mindlessly watching tv and playing violent ...more

Nationals Superfan and Other Stories

If you Google to find out who is the Nationals’ biggest fan by Googling “Nationals superfan,” I am the first hit....more

The Hold a Blog Has Over the Writer

It is hard to walk away from a blog. Not at the beginning when you’ve only scrawled out a few posts....more

809th Issue of the LFCA

Welcome to today's edition of Connections Abound. The point of Lost and Found is to level the support playing field. When LFCA works correctly, the newest blogger with the smallest readership can receive the same level of support as the oldest blogger with the largest readership ....more

Hot Cross Buns

“Do you know what hot cross buns are?” I asked Josh as he made coffee on Friday morning. “They don’t seem like something good to eat right now,” he pointed out....more

Attend Hogwarts from Your Living Room, and Other LARP Websites We'd Like to See

It turns out that joining an online course for Hogwarts is a lot more exciting in theory than it is in practice. The creators of Hogwarts is Here didn't account for the idea's popularity, and merely enrolling took me over an hour as the server kept giving me 503 messages. This LARP (live action role playing) site allows players to enroll as themselves, a new character, or an existing character in the book, and then complete all the Hogwarts coursework, including 3-foot-of-parchment essays. ...more

Dear Twin Kids, One of You is “Extra” According to the Atlantic

Eeny meeny miny moe One of you is extra though Fertility treatments made it so The Atlantic told me to pick the very best one and you are not it. A tiny favour, all magazines....more

490th Friday Blog Roundup

So I was about to start out this post by telling you that I was deleting Candy Crush from my mobile device. I’ve definitely slowed down in my playing. (I’m on level 421, so not making a lot of forward progress anymore.)...more

Birth and Death: Chelsea Clinton to Gabriel Garcia Márquez

I got two CNN alerts on the heels of one another, attached to each other in Gmail like mating dragonflies....more