How Much Is Blogging Going To Cost?

The cost of good blogging is much less than it used to be! What you can expect to pay will vary depending on the tools you prefer, the amount of control you want to have, and your level of technical expertise. Here's a brief overview of the costs, pros, and cons of the top three free and paid blogging platforms....more

Squarespace: How to Know If It's the Blogging Platform You're Looking For

Squarespace is an all-in-one website builder, blogging platform, and hosting service that has been steadily growing since its launch in 2004. But, some of you may not have heard of it with the widespread use of other services like WordPress and Blogger....more
I set up my website first and foremost on Squarespace and I will never, ever turn back. I'm a ...more

How to Write a Better How-To Article In 10 Easy Steps

"Really? Is it really that difficult?" a friend asked when I told him I was writing a how-to article about how to write how-to articles. "I do feel a little like Alice going down the rabbit hole," I said. I am here to tell you, though, that yes, it must be that difficult to write a good how-to article, because most of the how-tos out there are terrible. ...more
LOL @ the seemingly simple task of writing a how-to piece. It's totally NOT that easy to do. It ...more

1628 Likes and Why I am Shutting Down My Blog's Facebook Page

At the beginning of this year, I created a public Facebook page for my blog, I did it because I wanted to create a more private personal profile so I could have at least one place online that felt less public, a little more sheltered. It wasn't long, though, before I started to regret that decision, because I realized that privacy on Facebook is harder to maintain than it seems, real engagement is difficult to come by on public pages, and Facebook's treatment of public pages has been undergoing a slow evolution that favours advertising money over content and engagement. ...more
As a new blogger with no social media presence other than Google+, I've been dreading signing up ...more

17 Untruths Parents Believe About Non-Parents

1. Non-parents get to go to bed late and sleep in like parents used to before they had children.I do wish this were true, but it's not. Age, stress, and ill health are sleep-stealers, too, and I am lucky if I get four or five uninterrupted hours of sleep on any given night. In fact, I can't remember when I last did that. ...more

Being Afraid: We Are More Than Our Fears

I have been living with a lot of fear lately. I know I gave a whole talk on self-doubt and how to move through it so you can be greater than you know, but I'm still a huge fraidy cat, because so much of life looms so large. Some of it looms large and ugly, but even the parts that loom large and glorious are scary. I know I'm not the only one who feels this....more
So happy to hear about all the projects you have going! Fear is always with me. But when someone ...more

5 Truths About Blog Comments and Why Quality Content Is Still King

I have been blogging for over nine years now, and I've watched it grow from small groups of what felt like dear penpals to the vast, millions-strong sea of blogs we have now. What I find interesting, though, is that, despite all the changes that have happened with regard to weblogs over the last decade, certain questions about what we do come up again and again, and one of those questions is this: what is more important to you, writing well or receiving a lot of comments? ...more
This post is spot on!  And it has taken me years to understand this!  What I wouldn't give to ...more

My BlogHer '10 Business Cards, and What You Should Think About When Designing Yours

[Editor's Note: While this post references BlogHer '10, the advice about creating effective business cards is still top notch. I thought for those of you preparing for BlogHer '11 this post could serve as a great support to your experience. Thus, no worries - it is STILL 2011 and BlogHer '11 is in San Diego regardless of what references are made within the post. Enjoy! -PaulaG] ...more
I live in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida.  I am a Training Instructor in Employee ...more

Why I Made A Kid-Free List On Twitter (And What Happened When I Did)

Creating my kid-free list seemed innocent enough to me at the time. I tend to swim in a sea that seems primarily comprised of mommybloggers and daddybloggers, and I was suddenly possessed of the urge to find and collect those out there who fit my particular demographic: people over 30 who do not have children. I intended nothing political by or pre-supposing about it. I simply had the very human desire to see myself reflected out in the world. ...more
Great post! I honestly prefer to surround myself with people who are (in many ways) nothing ...more

Bigotry, Rape Apologism, and Baby Theft: WTF, Patriarchy?

Some weeks, the news just doesn't get any better, and this week is no exception when it comes to gross misconduct and contravention of human rights. Here are a few gems to put in your WTF file. ...more

I think women/moms would make every effort to have kept the baby and the mother together while ...more