How Much Time Do You Spend on Social Media?

Mediabistro recently had an article breaking down how much time people in various age demographics spend on social media sites. I was pleased with their base list of sites, mostly because even poor little Ello made the list. (You're so cutting edge, Mediabistro.) All that said, I realized that I have more in common with women over 60 than I do with my age demographic. I am doing social media all wrong for a 40-year-old. ...more
There is some program that will monitor exactly where you spend your time, but I was always ... more

I Left BlogHer '13 Feeling Like a Loser, but Maybe I'm Just on My Own Path

I left BlogHer '13 feeling like a loser. This was not the fault of the hardworking women who organized and led the event. BlogHer is the world's largest blogging conference for women and I felt quite privileged to have had the opportunity to travel to Chicago for this year's event, which was held July 25-27. The breakout sessions were informative and to call the keynote speakers inspiring would be an understatement. I was in awe of the confidence of Ree Drummond (better known as the Pioneer Woman) and can't count how many times she made me laugh out loud. ...more
This was a quite touching post, and I think the conference creators at BlogHer might do well to ... 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
Thank you.  Big honor.  And congrats to all.   See you in NYC.  I hope the halal food card is ... 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

While I have loved 90% of my experiences online, I sometimes walk away saddened by humanity, ... more

Make an Israeli Breakfast with Salad and Pita

In traditional Israeli form, my husband and I just had an argument about what should be included in an Israeli breakfast. I insisted on hummus. My husband did that little annoying Israeli tongue-click and told me that he had never, ever seen hummus served at breakfast. He added white cheese (blech!), which would never make it to my Israeli table. In the end, he won because he pointed out that I almost never eat breakfast anyway, therefore had no leg to stand on about what was being served. ...more

I also love shakshuka, another egg dish, heavy on the ... more

Please Let Me Name Your Baby

I'm obsessed with baby names. Freakishly obsessed. In fact, I'd like to name your baby. Ask my friends. I'm breathlessly giddy when someone asks my opinion on a combination of first and middle names with the surname or the siblings' names. My heart races just thinking about it. ...more

This is a favorite subject of mine, too. I have a notepad on my desktop where I collect names ... 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 had the same thought you did. Isn't this 2010, almost 2011? It sounds so futuristic. But I ... more

Gapgate Fatigue: How Outraged Are You?

Are you outraged? Should you be? I don't know about you, but I'm starting to think that I should, all of the time, and I have to tell you that lately I'm a little overwhelmed by it. Do you know what I'm talking about? Does this happen to you? That there's a weekly-daily-hourly insinuation or a direct statement that I'm supposed to be outraged about something that has been written, spoken or implied, either on the news, in a blog post or (please, oh please no) at a conference or other in-person meet-up. ...more

This perfectly showcases the underbelly of social media. We're all taught the importance of ... more

Which Social Media Disorders Do You Have?

As someone who loves social media, I see many messages every day encouraging me to "read this to find out how to make tons of money on Facebook and Twitter!" I can’t vouch for any of those systems, but I do know what I would do if I wanted to make big bank: become a therapist who specializes in social media-prompted neuroses. I'd have a swank office (FREE WI-FI of course!) and instead of a couch I'd have a massage chair, because a day on Facebook can wreck both your ego and your spine. Am I a get-rich-on-social-media genius or what? ...more

I'm not even sure where to begin with this one. Yes. more

Sex, Lies and Mommy Blogs: Detroit Free Press Got It Half-Right, Bloggers Tell BlogHer

On the heels of a series of negative press articles about women bloggers from the New York Times to today's Detroit Free Press, we turned to the bloggers interviewed in the DFP article to see how their interviews translated onto the screen. Are journalists trying to -- as Just_Margaret on BlogHer points out -- "encourage a negative perception," or are fair interviews revealing the truth about women blogging? ...more

Hi, Melissa --

While I know this post is focusing on mom bloggers in general, don't you think ... more