What Kind of Writer Are You?

Almost 9 years ago, I received an email out of the blue from Denise Tanton asking if I wanted to write about infertility for BlogHer. I had been writing about infertility on my blog, Stirrup Queens, and she thought the subject matter would be a good fit for the editorial section of the BlogHer site. I came here to write about infertility. I was an infertility writer. If I wanted to be generous and stretch it, I could call myself a reproductive health writer. ...more
Mel.  <3  So much love for the writer you have become, and the writers you have nurtured into ... more

I Couldn't Write on My Blog Once I Stopped Being Anonymous

It seemed like a good idea. A great one, even. For years I had been blogging under a pen name regularly about infertility and our journey to build our family, but I felt that the time had come for a change. I was feeling constrained by the subject matter and felt my anonymity made it tough to grow my readership. ...more
Thanks for the food for thought! I think I hesitate less to tell my story when it involves other ... more

I Don't Post on My Blog Because I Am My Own Worst Critic

I started my blog in 2010 because I needed to write and I needed a community. I was a blog reader (mostly a food blog reader, who salivated over close-ups of gooey chocolate cake and fresh salads), and I thought to myself: Why don't I do that? I can take pictures of my impressively-piped frosting. ...more
katelochner Beautiful way to reframe negative thoughts!  Thanks for adding your voice here. :) more

I Don't Post on My Blog Because I Am My Own Worst Critic

I started my blog in 2010 because I needed to write and I needed a community. I was a blog reader (mostly a food blog reader, who salivated over close-ups of gooey chocolate cake and fresh salads), and I thought to myself: Why don't I do that? I can take pictures of my impressively-piped frosting. ...more
natlig I'm so glad to hear that this resonated with you!  You're right; why sell ourselves ... more

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.

http://authormcaldwell.wordpress.com/   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 BlogHer.com 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
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