Dear Mitt Romney, Here's My 47% Story

In 2003, I was unexpectedly pregnant. But, oh, I was in love with my child. I began working at a low-paying job, at all kinds of stupid hours, so I could provide for my child, for myself. I did sign up for Medical Assistance through state assistance because my employer did not offer (affordable) insurance, but I didn't sign up for Food Stamps or Cash Assistance through the state of Pennsylvania because certain groups of people made that a shameful action. I believed I was stronger and better than people who needed such things. I was going to Make It in the world, without help, without assistance. Ah, how pride cometh before the fall. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was at work when I started to feel a little woozy. My back hurt horribly, and not in an "I'm Pregnant and Achy All Over Way." I wasn't even showing yet, so it wasn't even an "I Gained Too Much Weight Already And My Back Hurts." I knew it was different. I felt whiny, but I left work early, ate a sandwich, and took a nap in my modest, self-funded apartment. I woke up with a fever of 104. After calling my doctor, I went straight to the Emergency Room. ...more
 @KarenLynnn  Thank you for that Karen. Wow...eye-opening. more

Dear Mitt Romney, Here's My 47% Story

In 2003, I was unexpectedly pregnant. But, oh, I was in love with my child. I began working at a low-paying job, at all kinds of stupid hours, so I could provide for my child, for myself. I did sign up for Medical Assistance through state assistance because my employer did not offer (affordable) insurance, but I didn't sign up for Food Stamps or Cash Assistance through the state of Pennsylvania because certain groups of people made that a shameful action. I believed I was stronger and better than people who needed such things. I was going to Make It in the world, without help, without assistance. Ah, how pride cometh before the fall. At 18 weeks pregnant, I was at work when I started to feel a little woozy. My back hurt horribly, and not in an "I'm Pregnant and Achy All Over Way." I wasn't even showing yet, so it wasn't even an "I Gained Too Much Weight Already And My Back Hurts." I knew it was different. I felt whiny, but I left work early, ate a sandwich, and took a nap in my modest, self-funded apartment. I woke up with a fever of 104. After calling my doctor, I went straight to the Emergency Room. ...more
Thank you Jenna for sharing what must be a painful story. It's so important that we put real ... more

Why and How to Truncate a Blog Feed

If you're worried about content scrapers, truncating your feed is a good idea. It allows a blog to have an rss feed so blog readers can follow along from their favourite reader program, but it discourages spam blogs from taking your content and running it on their blog. Home Stories A 2 Z explains why and how to truncate your feed. Make sure you don't skip her comment section which contains even more information for truncating your feed. ...more
Thank you so much for writing about this. I completely understand the point of view of readers ... more

President Barack Obama LIVE via Video at BlogHer '12!

Today we are honored to announce that President Barack Obama will address the BlogHer '12 audience at 4:30PM Thursday, August 2, via live video feed. We will gather in the Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton to hear from the president live, and understand why he has chosen to make this rare conference appearance. We will be recording the video and posting it as soon as we can post-appearance. All conference passes, from day passes to party and/or expo passes to full passes will be granted admission to this special event....more
This is beyond awesome. I think of Blogher growing from a teeny little conference around a pool ... more

Hard Math for Girls: Only a Big Deal If You Say It's Not

Yesterday, I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook to Julia Magnusson's post about the latest Land's End catalog gaffe. And lo and behold! The power of social media! Land's End responded and asked if they could email me some background from their creative team. Sure! Please do explain why your catalog says math is hard on Chloe's backpack page and superheroes are tough on Matthew's! I'll bet that's some good reading!...more
 @Rita Arens Maybe "math is hard' shouldn't be aimed at ANY kids. Not just girls.   Instead, how ... more

Hard Math for Girls: Only a Big Deal If You Say It's Not

Yesterday, I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook to Julia Magnusson's post about the latest Land's End catalog gaffe. And lo and behold! The power of social media! Land's End responded and asked if they could email me some background from their creative team. Sure! Please do explain why your catalog says math is hard on Chloe's backpack page and superheroes are tough on Matthew's! I'll bet that's some good reading!...more
 @Denise I can only tell you as someone who writes copy, you really write with your audience in ... more

Hard Math for Girls: Only a Big Deal If You Say It's Not

Yesterday, I shared a link on Twitter and Facebook to Julia Magnusson's post about the latest Land's End catalog gaffe. And lo and behold! The power of social media! Land's End responded and asked if they could email me some background from their creative team. Sure! Please do explain why your catalog says math is hard on Chloe's backpack page and superheroes are tough on Matthew's! I'll bet that's some good reading!...more
Wellll...I am usually wildly sensitive to these things (as you know!) and when I read your ... more

Mystery BlogHer '12 Party Revealed: BlogHer '12 Fashion Show and Style Spotlight

For lo these many weeks there has been a mysterious blank spot in our Official BlogHer Party Plan. A promise for something cool coming your way. Well, wonder no longer, that empty slot in the schedule is being filled by BlogHer's very first fashion show, and a party celebrating your style!...more
 @Kathryn F Sounds very Blogher! (And anyone who knows Elisa C should noooot worry about the dogs.) more

Announcing the Voices of the Year '12 Honorees and Readers!

Today we are pleased and proud to announce the next group of people who will see that view for themselves. It's time to announce the final 2012 BlogHer Voices of the Year!...more
Huge congrats to everyone! To this date, VOTY was one of the highlights of my life. I'm so happy ... more

I Don't Like Spanking My Kids, But I Do It Anyway

I was spanked as a child. I wasn’t beaten, I wasn’t thrown around. I was laid over my fathers knee and would get a couple of good wallops. It wasn’t done excessively, only on an as-needed basis. For me, that “as-needed” would come around much more often than it would my sister. One of the small burdens of being too much like my mother. The point is, I wasn’t traumatized. I didn’t feel abused. I felt as though I deserved it and, looking back as an adult -- I did. I don’t like spanking my kids. In fact, I usually give them numerous chances and warnings to straighten out the problem before I do....more
I think there is a continuum of disciplinary tactics with children, and this article doesn't ... more