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
Oh how I completely relate to this.  I never really blogged anonymously... but I also didn't ... more

I Yelled at a Stranger's Kid on Vacation

On the heels of Marcy's Diner owner Darla Neugebauer's outburst toward a toddler who had been crying for 40 minutes, I've been brought back to my own story of yelling at a stranger's child. However, when I went to link my story in a comment string, I was reminded that BlogHer editors took it upon themselves to replace the image of a child at a pool that I originally chose for my story. You see, I intentionally did not indicate the race of the child in my story....more
I remember, probably 4 years ago, having a similar thing occur at our community pool.  We were ... more

What's In a (Starbucks) Name?

Amoeba. Armenia. Ambibia. Ar-na-by...what's your name, baby? It's rare for someone to say my name correctly on the first try. It happens, but it's rare. I've been called all of those above and a few others that make less sense. And by less sense I mean less sense of a seemingly normal person who thought Amoeba could be correct. ...more
You would think Colleen would be pretty easy.  I get Coleen, Collen, Colin, Coline. I screwed ... more

Hanging Off a Cliff: Would You Save Your Child or Your Spouse?

You know that age-old question: If your spouse and your child were hanging over the edge of a cliff and you could only save one of them, which one would you choose?...more
Absolutely I would save my children.  I'd expect the same of my husband.  I'd never forgive him ... more

Moms in New Jersey Can Now Ban Dads from the Delivery Room

A ruling in New Jersey now allows mothers to ban fathers from the delivery room. Citing privacy laws afforded all patients in choosing who gets to be at their bedside, the judge ruled in favor of Rebecca Deluccia by allowing her to keep Steven Plotnick out of the room. Honestly, I didn't think this was even an issue. Surely mothers in labor can choose who is and is not allowed in the room, right? ...more
But what if that man who happens to be the father of that baby is the man who raped you in a ... more

BlogHer '14: Call for Volunteers!

In 2005 we launched our first BlogHer conference, and we did it with the help of our community. Since that time, volunteers have been a staple in our conference planning, and once again the time has come... time to volunteer for BlogHer '14 in San Jose! We call these volunteer positions BlogHerships. ...more
Any news yet?  :) more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
30 posts in 30 days!  Done!  Yippee!!!!!! more

BlogHer '14 Hotels: A Video Tour to Help You Pick Your Hotel!

Hi, I'm a dork. I'm SO excited that BlogHer '14 is coming back to the Bay Area, where it all began! I bought my pass right away when it was announced, and then they shared the hotels a couple of weeks later. Wait. HotelS? With an S? Yup. There are four official hotels for BlogHer '14! ...more
Oh. My. Gosh. I just love Lizz. I went with Fairmont.  I don't know why. more

An All-New BlogHer.com!

After beta-testing a new Food section for the past month with the help of this community, we are launching an all-new BlogHer! Now we can showcase an even larger number of posts each day, by sharing all new posts created by the 3,000 BlogHer Publishing network bloggers. And, as always, all of the BlogHer.com community is invited—and encouraged!—to share your words and your work on BlogHer.com. Join us! ...more
Absolutely love it!  So pretty. more

Announcing: The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

Six weeks + 2,600 submissions + 15 committee members = The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year! (Affectionately known as #VOTY.)This year's VOTY submission process has been a magnificent journey through the hearts and minds of the blogosphere. We are so excited to honor these 100 bloggers -- writers, speakers, and artists, who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, and do more....more
Congratulations to the 2013 VOTY!!!!!  Can't wait to hear the readings! more