Numbers Don't Lie: How Blogging 3 Times a Week Changed My Blog Traffic

As the one year anniversary of posting three blogs a week (plus once a day for NaBloPoMo) approaches, I decided to peek at my WordPress stats. Now I can say I agree with all the bloggers who say consistency is key. Before I break the numbers down, here's a little backstory about my blogging history to put it in context. ...more
This is absolutely respectable!  I wonder sometimes about how to attract new readers/followers ... more

5 Yoga Poses That Will Burn Calories

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years... each one associated with food, food, and more food. Prime your body to burn more calories with these five dynamic yoga videos. The best part is that you can do these poses at home, and continue them for the whole year. ...more
Beautiful!  Thanks for the quick mid-day yoga break idea! more

Jobs Not For Me.   So this ↓ happened today....more
What a great question!   I'd never want to be a garbage collector.  Or someone who works only by ... more

5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
I confess, I feel a little grinchy sometimes.  I live in a neighborhood where this happens, too: ... more

NaBloPoMo Is Here! Post Every Day in November, and Win a Pass to BlogHer PRO

Join NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) on this November, and commit to post every single day this month! Every November, thousands of bloggers commit to posting daily. But it's about much more than getting that post up—it's about community and connection. It's also about honing your craft, challenging yourself, and taking your blog to the next level. ...more
Oh, Lordy.  I've just committed. more

10 Things to Say to Trick-or-Treaters Dressed as Elsa

Warning! They're coming. Not the walking dead. Or the Boy Scouts with their popcorn. No, the Elsas are coming. All 5,082,367 of them. How do I know there will be so many of them? A couple of weeks ago I took my daughter, 7, to a Halloween event. And then I almost lost her. That’s because she, as well as every other girl under age 10, dressed as Elsa from Frozen. So to prepare for the onslaught of Queen Elsas showing up at your door this Halloween, here are 10 Things to Say to Trick-or-Treaters Dressed as Elsa: ...more
Another Elsa-mother here who also lost her daughter in a Frozen crowd recently).  I am sorry for ... more

What Happens When You Reach the Goal? Outgrowing a Goal-Oriented Blog

I didn't start my blog intending for it to have an expiration date. I don't think anyone does. But that is what happens when you write a goal-oriented blog. It happens with cancer blogs where the writers are each hoping for remission, or weight loss blogs where everyone is hoping to get healthy. Reaching your goal means losing your place in the community. Your story is over. You've reached the finish line. Except you haven't. Because there is no finish line when it comes to the need to write your story or gather support through the blogosphere. Especially coming through an experience where charting your journey feels like an emotional necessity. Blogging is a way of documenting a journey, but what happens when the journey veers off into an entirely new direction but your readership remains the same? ...more
Good for you!  I love your new space, and admire your willingness to find comfort. Part of me ... more

5 Yoga Poses to Create a Fresh Start

School is starting up again, but even if you're not returning to classes, many of us look at the fall as a fresh start. Invite peace and tranquility into your brain and restore your mind with this 5-part yoga practice. ...more
Vrkshasana is one of my favorite poses (perhaps second after warrior 2).  :)  Thank you for the ... more

A Child's Perspective on the 2014 White House Kids' State Dinner

Grillin' Out Veggie-Style Black Bean Burger.  "What! You Don't Like Tofu?" Stirfry.  Barack-oli and Mich-room Obama-lette.  These are just three of the 54 recipes that made it into the 2014 Kids' State Dinner at the White House on July 18, 2014. ...more
I like the occasional chips and guacamole, too.  But it's a great--and important--message ... ... more

(Not Just) Black and White: Thoughts on the Princeton Privilege Essay

Have you seen the article about privilege written by the Princeton freshman ? It's probably all over your Facebook/tumblr/whatever feed ... or at least, it was all over mine, for reasons that I can't quite put my finger on.  It's possible that outrage fueled the social media frenzy, like "Princeton Mom" Susan Patton's injunctions to young women to marry well have done. ...more
alexandalfie69 Corrected, thank you. more