Do You Feel Pressure to Write Amazing Blog Posts?

How often do you not blog because while you have things you could say (and very much want to say), the topic doesn't seem as important nor is the post coming out as brilliantly as other blog posts out there? The comparison game is one of the number killers to "just blogging": that state of writing your blog and deriving joy or peace of heart from it; writing for writing's sake. Too Many Fish to Fry has a post about feeling as if she can only blog if she can "amaze the room." ...more
@Kirsten Piccini Aw, thanks Kirsten! You always have the right words, and you always dazzle me. more

Do You Feel Pressure to Write Amazing Blog Posts?

How often do you not blog because while you have things you could say (and very much want to say), the topic doesn't seem as important nor is the post coming out as brilliantly as other blog posts out there? The comparison game is one of the number killers to "just blogging": that state of writing your blog and deriving joy or peace of heart from it; writing for writing's sake. Too Many Fish to Fry has a post about feeling as if she can only blog if she can "amaze the room." ...more
@ATeachableMom "the pressure is robbing me of the joy I feel writing." YES. Thank you for ... more

Do You Feel Pressure to Write Amazing Blog Posts?

How often do you not blog because while you have things you could say (and very much want to say), the topic doesn't seem as important nor is the post coming out as brilliantly as other blog posts out there? The comparison game is one of the number killers to "just blogging": that state of writing your blog and deriving joy or peace of heart from it; writing for writing's sake. Too Many Fish to Fry has a post about feeling as if she can only blog if she can "amaze the room." ...more
@lifewithRoozle Great points here. I agree: the more I write (and post) the less I worry about ... more

Do You Feel Pressure to Write Amazing Blog Posts?

How often do you not blog because while you have things you could say (and very much want to say), the topic doesn't seem as important nor is the post coming out as brilliantly as other blog posts out there? The comparison game is one of the number killers to "just blogging": that state of writing your blog and deriving joy or peace of heart from it; writing for writing's sake. Too Many Fish to Fry has a post about feeling as if she can only blog if she can "amaze the room." ...more
@jhl Thanks JHL! :) more

What We Can Learn From Coverage of A Mother Thing's Walmart Post

There was a girl at camp who told us stories that didn't quite add up. They may have been true, or they may have been outright lies; as kids, we had no way to know. My friends and I sometimes privately joked about the stories, which always ended with someone pulling the girl back from the brink of death, but we never confronted the girl, or publicly humiliated her, or called her mother to corroborate the story. Mostly because ... what if? ...more
Sorry for the late response to this thought-provoking post. I've actually been thinking about ... more

What Blogging Voice Need Do You Fill?

There was an awesome moment during the BlogHer'13 Anatomy of a Story panel on Saturday when Vikki said, "Everybody needs a gay... and so I always think about, when I write on my blog, that I'm the gay for people that don't have one." People started laughing and tweeting what she said because it was a great sound bite. But more importantly, Vikki spoke to the role we serve as niche bloggers. ...more
Great discussion here. I understand Jenna's point. Every person is a multitude of many things ... more

Announcing Martha Stewart as Featured Keynote Speaker at BlogHer '12

BlogHer '12 is shaping up to be our most exciting event yet, due in no small part to being able to announce today that the Lunch Keynote Speaker on Friday, August 3 will be none other than ... Martha Stewart!...more
There's someone else?! I'm personally excited to see Martha speak. I always wonder What Would ... more

Which Platform Speaks Your Social Media Love Language?

Do you dream in comments? By high school I'd taken several years of Spanish class. My teachers told me that I'd know I was fully assimilating my second language when I began dreaming in Spanish. Which has yet to occur. In the same manner that we each have our preferred love language (of the five biggies: time, affirmations, gifts, service, touch), I had a theory that we also have our preferred social media love language. The five biggies in the online world might be blog comments, Facebook Likes/Shares, Tweets/Retweets, Pins, and other bookmarking tools. ...more
Love this post and especially this quote: "the blog comment remains my first love language, the ... more

Is Wordpress Scaring Your Commenters Away?

About a week ago, Stumbling Gracefully texted me to ask if I was getting like, a LOT of emails from Wordpress. I checked my inbox, and sure enough I was. When I looked at the emails, I realized that I was seeing every single response to any Wordpress post I had commented on. Previously, I had to subscribe to a commenting thread to see any response made after mine. But now it seemed Wordpress was automatically checking the box “Notify me of follow-up emails” each time I commented. The result? 113 emails in the last five days informing me of "new comments!" ...more
 @mdawaffe Thank you so much for responding! Really appreciate it and that you guys have taken ... more

Is Wordpress Scaring Your Commenters Away?

About a week ago, Stumbling Gracefully texted me to ask if I was getting like, a LOT of emails from Wordpress. I checked my inbox, and sure enough I was. When I looked at the emails, I realized that I was seeing every single response to any Wordpress post I had commented on. Previously, I had to subscribe to a commenting thread to see any response made after mine. But now it seemed Wordpress was automatically checking the box “Notify me of follow-up emails” each time I commented. The result? 113 emails in the last five days informing me of "new comments!" ...more
 @thismummaslife Thank you for sharing this link. I am still receiving emails about new ... more
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