How 125 Bloggers Surprised Katherine Stone at BlogHer '14

A few months ago, I was quietly added to a secret group online with a singular mission: come up with a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Katherine Stone’s life saving website, Postpartum Progress. Created by A'Driane Nieves, a mental health blogger (and 2014 VOTY reader), the group quickly grew to over 125 people. ...more
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How 125 Bloggers Surprised Katherine Stone at BlogHer '14

A few months ago, I was quietly added to a secret group online with a singular mission: come up with a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Katherine Stone’s life saving website, Postpartum Progress. Created by A'Driane Nieves, a mental health blogger (and 2014 VOTY reader), the group quickly grew to over 125 people. ...more
You're my favorite ginger in the history of gingers. Besides my kids of course. This was the ... more

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
@Aimee Whetstine  @SheilaMitchell I'd love to understand what you're saying better, Aimee. Why ... more

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
@abaconw48026 FYI, there is research going on right now looking at blood tests that might ... more

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
@SheilaMitchell  @katstone Actually, Sheila, they really don't. If women with PPD harm anyone, ... more

Scholastic Makes Big Changes to Book Order Flyers: Should Our Kids Only Read Grade-Level Books?

Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about elementary school used to be? Do you know what my absolute favorite thing about being a parent of kids old enough to attend elementary school is now? Scholastic Book Orders! I remember sitting on the floor in my parents' living room, poring over the colorful pages, and circling everything I "had" to have this month. My boys now do the same. But this year, Scholastic Book Orders will have a very different look. ...more
It will be interesting to see what books are listed on my children's Scholastic flyers. Mine are ... more

I Left BlogHer '13 Feeling Like a Loser, but Maybe I'm Just on My Own Path

I left BlogHer '13 feeling like a loser. This was not the fault of the hardworking women who organized and led the event. BlogHer is the world's largest blogging conference for women and I felt quite privileged to have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for this year's event, which was held July 25-27. The breakout sessions were informative and to call the keynote speakers inspiring would be an understatement. I was in awe of the confidence of Ree Drummond (better known as the Pioneer Woman) and can't count how many times she made me laugh out loud. ...more
What is success? What is a loser vs. a winner? Who is a big deal? I like the approach Queerie ... more

I Left BlogHer '13 Feeling Like a Loser, but Maybe I'm Just on My Own Path

I left BlogHer '13 feeling like a loser. This was not the fault of the hardworking women who organized and led the event. BlogHer is the world's largest blogging conference for women and I felt quite privileged to have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for this year's event, which was held July 25-27. The breakout sessions were informative and to call the keynote speakers inspiring would be an understatement. I was in awe of the confidence of Ree Drummond (better known as the Pioneer Woman) and can't count how many times she made me laugh out loud. ...more
@Stacy Morrison  @Queerie Bradshaw AMEN. more

Why and How to Truncate a Blog Feed

If you're worried about content scrapers, truncating your feed is a good idea. It allows a blog to have an rss feed so blog readers can follow along from their favourite reader program, but it discourages spam blogs from taking your content and running it on their blog. Home Stories A 2 Z explains why and how to truncate your feed. Make sure you don't skip her comment section which contains even more information for truncating your feed. ...more
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A Letter to Future Me: Remember How Much You Loved Them

Dear Me 20 Years From Now, I wonder if you've become one of those women who briefly lingers around, a safe distance behind, young moms carting their babies and toddlers through the grocery store with that far-off look in your eyes. If you gently smile at the mom when she looks up and catches your glance, obviously frazzled by how challenging taking 2 kids grocery shopping is, as if to tell her it's going to be okay. If you look at her and miss that time, want so badly to trade 5 minutes of the independence you have now that your kids are much older so that you can rest a toddler's head on your shoulder, or buckle a baby in their car seat, mindful not to pinch any belly chub in the harness....more
Beautiful Jill. Absolutely beautiful.  more