Zahra Aljabri Wins $10k + $40k in Marketing Support at The Pitch

And we have a winner of the #BlogHer16 Pitch Competition! Congratulations to Zahra Aljabri, who received a prize package worth $50,000 sponsored by GoDaddy. The custom prize includes a cash prize, marketing and media support, and a mentoring sessions with GoDaddy chief marketing and customer officer, Barb Rechterman. ...more
I am so proud of and happy for her. She was amazing and inspiring. more

Kick Off #BlogHer16 on Thursday With HelloFlo & a "Wine & Gyn" Conversation

The announcements keep coming, and today I'm excited to let you know about a special kick-off conversation called Wine & Gyn that we'll be holding on Thursday afternoon right before the Evening at the Expo at #BlogHer16. ...more
MaddieLBM BlogHer More like the internet knows women can, do, and want to talk about gyn issues ... more

All The Happy Facebook Couples Drive Me Crazy!

Dear Mouthy Housewives, I'm so sick of all the happy couples on Facebook. I totally love my husband, but I feel like our relationship is crap when I read things like, "Every time I go out with my husband it's like our first date all over again." I definitely don't feel like that after 10 years of marriage! Is there something wrong with us? Or Facebook? Signed, Facebook is Starting to Ruin My Marriage ...more
Two things: 1. There's no such thing as FB is starting to ruin your marriage. No outside force ... more

What To Wear (And Not To Wear!) To #BlogHer16

Every year in the weeks leading up to our conferences, attendees spend lots of time in preparation mode, deciding which sessions to attend, finding roommates, researching flights, and ... making wardrobe choices. Image: BlogHer...more
I have no flats, so I'ma just be me. more

Why You Won't Have a Natural Birth

I rarely rant. I almost never rave. If I seem taller than usual, it's more likely from my new sparkly summer wedges than from standing on a soapbox. But ... well ... I want to say something that's going to make some of you furious and others of you feel justified: Natural childbirth is not possible in an unnatural world. And we do live in an unnatural world -- X-Men, Photoshop, reality tv, fast food, Donald Trump's hair -- and we believe what we see. (Except maybe for the hair.) ...more
This is still such a touchy topic for me. At 28 with my first, I thought I was prepared, but I ... more

Want to Write a Novel? The First Rule of Write Club Is: Read

If there’s one thing to know about me, it’s that I absolutely adore books. By extension, I’m big reader. Always have been. I read for pleasure, yes, but I also read because it's vital to my career and identity as a writer. It's like the first rule of Write Club: Read. Read everything. Reading and writing are inextricably linked. They go together like PB&J. (Or peanut butter and bananas, if that's your jam.) Reading is where good writing is born and learns to thrive.   ...more
Man, I love reading. But as I'm working on this novel, I realized I simply cannot read fiction ... more

#BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Call for Submissions

[Editor's Note: The 2016 VOTY call for submissions has now closed.] It's one of our favorite days of the year here at BlogHer: Today, we officially open submissions for #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year, to be honored at the #BlogHer16 annual conference this August in Los Angeles! This year, it's our ninth annual VOTY ("voh-tee," as we like to call it)....more
WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! more

Do You Wait for Likes After You Post?

I vowed to write every day this year, and with this promise, I send a bit of blood, sweat, tears, and cliches out into the Interwebs. Closely tied to this commitment is my pledge "not to care" if I don't get favorable (or any) response. It's been 70 days, and I haven't made a blip of progress on the "do not care" scale. ...more
heartseverywhere deborahblackwell I think sometimes people purposely don't click like because ... more

Do You Wait for Likes After You Post?

I vowed to write every day this year, and with this promise, I send a bit of blood, sweat, tears, and cliches out into the Interwebs. Closely tied to this commitment is my pledge "not to care" if I don't get favorable (or any) response. It's been 70 days, and I haven't made a blip of progress on the "do not care" scale. ...more
Not coveting the likes is a constant battle, and I think it's normal. It starts, for me, with ... more

Got Writer's Block? Try a Blog Hop

We all come up dry from the writing well every once in a while. When you feel like you can't think of a fresh new spin on any topic, consider a blog hop. Hopscotch via Shutterstock A blog hop is where someone hosts a themed event, and anyone can participate by writing on that same topic and linking to each other. All participants are then part of a blog tour, where you visit one another's blogs and invite your readers to do the same. ...more
They do genuinely help. And I love that -- as tight or wide as you want; it's true. more
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