Fancy and Handsome: What We're Wearing to #BlogHer15

"Put your tie on, Mommy! It's so handsome!" she yells from her room. Even though I just picked up, there are clothes all over the floor. Again. There are always clothes on the floor. Dresses, skirts that twirl, and there should be one pair of shorts in that pile somewhere, but we can never find that one approved pair of shorts. Her clothes don't look like mine. She's six. She's so fancy....more
Looking forward to seeing you both! more

5 Reasons to Start a Weekly Series on Your Blog

I'm a big fan of weekly series. I have two that I do on my blog. The first is the Friday Blog Roundup, and I've been writing this weekly post for almost 9 years. 9 years -- every week! It's simply a way to share some of the blog posts that affected me over the course of the week, and hopefully get a conversation going with others about them; like a mini book club for blog posts. ...more
I do a weekly-ish roundup called Some Stuff, where I highlight the great stuff I've read ... more

9 Favorite Nursery Rhymes With New Clickbait Titles

Clickbait is everywhere. It's annoying as hell. So, logically, I felt that the best thing to do was to add some myself. I've taken the liberty of converting nine favorite nursery rhyme titles into click tempting teasers. Oh, and I added a bonus limerick just because. ...more
One of my favorite things ever. more

#BlogHer15: Experts Among Us Road Show and Party

The #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us team is taking a road trip this spring, and we’re bringing the party to our friends of Listen to Your Mother.This year, as we have since its inception, we are sponsoring the Listen to Your Mother show, but we're kicking it up a notch....more
So exciting! more

How to Fight Your Running Jealousy

Last weekend, I ran my first 10k since I was in my mid-twenties. It was so long ago, I can't even remember what age I was the last time I ran a 10k, let alone what my time was. ...more
I recently had to give up on a half marathon training plan because I just wasn't enjoying it. ... more

Beyoncé! Why I Need Her New ' 7/11' Video To Break the Internet

It's been a rough week.   Kim Kardashian's oily backside and everyone's reenactments of her Paper Mag photos are still trying to break the internet.  We're still waiting for a grand jury indictment announcement in Ferguson, where Gov. Jay Nixon has already issued a state of emergency and police are mobilizing.  ...more
I loved it. Looked like they were having so much fun. more

7 Reasons Why I Refuse to Be Eaten Alive By an Anaconda

On December 7th, the Discovery Channel will air "Eaten Alive," pretaped footage of a man being swallowed alive by an anaconda. ...more
Maybe he would like Kim Kardashian, because "my anaconda don't want none unless you got buns ... more

Are Bloggers Only Writing for Other Bloggers?

If I post every day, do things on my blog change? If I post every day, do my numbers grow? By numbers we are talking engagement, followers, comments, and that ultimate Blogger-Heaven of Good Pagehits. Bloggers (including me) are trying to answer these questions for themselves during a time when we can find a lot of support from a community where others are also striving towards the same goals. We all hold hands and jump off the blogger-edge together. Thelma & Louise style. Sorta. Yet we are 10 days in to NaBloPoMo (give or take), and I find myself asking a BIGGER question: As bloggers, are we only talking to ourselves? ...more
I have long aspired to gain an audience that consisted of readers, not just other bloggers. Not ... more

8 Reasons You Should Fear Amazon Echo

Last week, Amazon introduced Echo, a $199 cylindrical device you plug in and set anywhere in your house to make your life easier. ...more
And they said I, Robot was fiction. more

How to Find Your Authentic Voice

When I was in elementary school, I declared that I'd be a writer. By high school, though, I was sure I'd go to law school. That too, changed over the years. In college, I had a professor ask me to consider switching my major to English because she enjoyed my writing so much; it would be a "waste of time" to pursue anything else. I wondered if she was high. (To be clear, I hadn't yet declared a major, so, perhaps I was high. No, really. Maybe I was. It was the late '90s and I don't need your judgment. Great, now I'm off track.) ...more
The way you talk about The Pioneer Woman is how I feel about a couple of bloggers I love. I ... more