Have You Ever Considered Deleting Your Blog?

Have you ever held the cursor over the delete button on your blog's dashboard, hovering between blogging existence and blogging oblivion? I think all bloggers have days where we're beaten down by negative comments or frustrated that people aren't understanding what we're trying to say in a post, but have you ever considered deleting a beloved space altogether and walking away from blogging?  The Conscious Perspective has a post about a time when she considered shutting down her blog. ...more
I started My Cult Life over three years ago. A year into it, my anxiety intensified and I was ... more

Could I Actually Become a Full-Time Blogger?

"You want to do what? Can you really make money at that?" is the reaction I usually get when I talk about wanting to leave the 9-to-5 world to stay home and become a full-time blogger. It’s said in the same condescending “Oh, that’s cute” voice used when a three-year-old says she wants to be the next president or pop star. Now don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are supportive of my blog and writing, but many view it as more of a hobby than something “real.” But I know it’s real. So the question is, do I have what it takes to leave the work world I’ve known and make a-go of this, writing in my space and picking up freelance work because of my blog? ...more
@JsEverydayFashion I would LOVE to know more about the PPC links you use. I've tried a lot of ... more

Exploitation vs. Appreciation: Can You Tell The Difference?

First, take a few and read this from NPR Music: "When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste"Cultural appropriation.Done "right": tastefully with an obvious appreciation, understanding and respect for a culture's influence on them and their artistry:Justin Timberlake MTV Vanguard Medley(Click to watch)...more
@StaceyTheFabulous LOL Love this!! ---> "...Frankly it might do some people good to see ... more

Exploitation vs. Appreciation: Can You Tell The Difference?

First, take a few and read this from NPR Music: "When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste"Cultural appropriation.Done "right": tastefully with an obvious appreciation, understanding and respect for a culture's influence on them and their artistry:Justin Timberlake MTV Vanguard Medley(Click to watch)...more
With all due respect, I disagree. Jay Z stood up for Miley saying this: '...[S]he is an old ... more

Twerk Miley, Miley Twerk

Everyone is upset about Miley Cyrus lately. She sticks her tongue out, for goodness sake! She twerks. She wears next to nothing. She's a trashy whore and a talentless slut. That's what people are saying, thinking and writing about Miley this week. ...more
@Lisa Thomson I agree, Lisa. Believing sexuality is dirty and sinful creates a myriad of issues ... more

Why Miley Cyrus Isn't Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake performed for almost 20 minutes at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Wearing a suit and a dapper hat, he covered most of his greatest hits, highlighted a few tracks from his latest album "The 20/20 Experience,” and reunited with his former band 'N Sync. He danced, crooned, swaggered, played electric piano, and took over Barclays Center with his talent, charisma, and prowess....more
I disagree, @3girlsmomma19 and here's my why: http://www.blogher.com/twerk-miley-miley-twerk more

Solidarity Is for White Women Takes Over Twitter

In case you weren’t on Twitter Monday night, you might have missed a big discussion about feminism and race, with the trending hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. Started by Mikki Kendall, who tweets under the handle @Karnythia, the hours-long stream shed light on the concerns of women of color that are rarely included in mainstream discussions of feminism. ...more
@BrownMommys I noticed the racism particularly when I got involved with some national feminist ... 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
@Stacy Morrison  @missoulagrace ^this! 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
@Aimee Whetstine  @Melissa Ford I think we, as bloggers, have to start teaching our readers how ... 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
This is one of the best posts I've read in a long time--from anyone--Melissa. The vitriol is ... more