Tig Notaro's "Boyish Girl Interrupted" Tour Kicks Off This Month

Comedian (and BlogHer '14 keynote speaker!) Tig Notaro announces her Boyish Girl Interrupted tour across the U.S. and Australia this fall and winter—including a breast cancer benefit on October 13 at Largo Theatre, where she had her groundbreaking set announcing she had cancer in 2012. ...more
I was SO excited to see this!  And at the Austin theater, there was 1 solo stranded seat in a ... more

Scarlett's Lucy Kicks PTSD in the Face in an Action Flick Where Women Win

In the summer blockbuster Lucy, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is transformed by a synthetic drug that gives her access to 100% of her brain. With the drug's push she grows stronger, wiser and tougher in both primal and evolved ways. In the universe of the story, this allows her to triumph over assault, gun fire and a global hunt for her. Scarlett rocks the role with verve, a surprisingly steely badass power and a striking ability to single-handedly embody a wacky sci-fi concoction of creative theory, science and philosophy.  ...more
It's the kind of film I should have been at opening night - love ass-kicking gals!  But the ... more

Dear 2015 BlogHer Conference Newbies

 I was totally in your shoes last year. Well, my shoes probably aren't as trendy as yours, but you get the idea. You might be overwhelmed by the groups of bloggers you pass, who always seem to be in constant states of glee and giddiness. You'll wonder, "Why are they so happy?...more
Tanikwish Celeste Lindell There is SO much going on, it's always hard to get groups organized. ... more

5 Tips to Get More Traffic to Your Blog Posts

As bloggers, we spend a lot of time hovering over our keyboards, trying to come up with the right words and keep our sentences free of grammatical errors.  We slim down our content to make it easy to read and try not to bore our audience. Once we are happy with our masterpiece, which often feels as if it could go through one more round of edits, we hit “publish.” That's a lot of work for one little post. But what happens next? In other words, are you using social media to the best of your ability to extend the life of that blog post? ...more
"...each social media platform you are on has a specific audience who expect a certain tone from ... more

BlogHer '14 Closing Keynote: Meet Us at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Feminism & the Internet

For many years we've programmed conversations at BlogHer conferences that talk about leveraging our online platforms for good. Those conversations are designed to be equal measures inspiration and instigation. This year, in fact, we have an amazing break-out panel scheduled entitled Going Beyond "Armchair Activism." Because there are certainly those who think conversations on the web and "hashtag activism" don't really effect change....more
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Announcing the BlogHer Buddy System, Brought to You by BlogHer's Official Communications Sponsor, Skype

Today, we are launching an awesome way for you to get to know a lot more people at BlogHer '14! It's called the BlogHer Buddy System, and it is brought to you with the assistance and technology of our Official Communications Sponsor for BlogHer '14: Skype. ...more
This is so fun!  I'm getting set up on Skype again this week, after not using it for a while, so ... more

My Top 5 Kid Storage Solutions That Don't Look Like Crap

When I was pregnant and imagining what life would be like with a child, I remember being horrified at the idea that my house was going to look like Little Tikes threw up all over it. I mean, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with Little Tikes and I’m in love with many of their products… but I really didn’t want primary colored plastic to be my new design style. ...more
I swear we have toys here that no one ever brought to the house.  They just... self-generate? ... more

After You Hit Publish: The Ultimate Blog Promotion Checklist

Hooray! You've published a blog post! You researched your information. You skillfully wrote your piece. You created an appropriate image to accompany your words. And you hit the "publish" button. But your work is only half done. Yes, it's a lot of work to get your blog posts out there, but this checklist should make the job easier. There are certain steps you must take after you publish a post in order for that blog post to truly take off! ...more
I'd disagree that every post needs to go on StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, Pinterest, ... more

A Letter To My Neighbors About My Yard: There's a Reason for It

Dear Busybody Neighbors,This is a letter to you, the ones that made a huge fuss over the state of chaos that was our yard after several tons of oak tree smashed our house during Hurricane Irene, the ones who welcomed us back to the neighborhood the very day we arrived home after our 10 months of refugee-living (while our house was being rebuilt) by reminding us that we had one week to clean up the yard before the America In Bloom garden snob judges came to town. There are many of you in this neighborhood. I know because I've had you pull over to remind us that our grass needs mowing even when it is only an inch or two taller than yours. I've seen you scoff at the toys scattered on the porch and the general unruliness of our yard....more
Is your jerk neighbor a pastor of a nearby church?  Because ours is, and yet he was criticizing ... more

Plus Size Prom & Formal Dresses

Two of my Plus Size Princesses recently asked me about plus size formal dresses. Naomi is looking for a prom dress, and Rose is on the hunt for plus size wedding guest dresses (so am I!). Their emails got me thinking about how hard it is to find trendy, plus size formal dresses, especially if you’re on a budget. So I grabbed a few of my blogger boos of different shapes, sizes, and styles, and we created a plus size formal look book for you, with ideas for prom and other fancy events. ...more
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