10 Ways to Make Your Blog a Welcoming Space

My friend, Cassie, is huge on fostering a sense of community on her blog, and I love that about her. Her approach to encouraging community got me to thinking. How can I make my blog a space where readers want to return to and at the same time, how can I make readers feel welcomed and valued? Today I thought I would share with you 10 ways to make your blog a welcoming space. ...more
Very nice tips! I especially take heart in #10. I agree and yet I read all over the net that we ... more

Considering Divorce: When Do You Know You've Had Enough?

I was eleven years old when I was invited to an elderly neighbor’s house for tea.  My mother dressed me in the nicest outfit I had for the occasion and made sure I knew enough etiquette to get through the event without embarrassing myself (or her). As she buttoned the collar of my crisp white shirt I asked her, “How do I tell Mrs. Kinsey if I don’t want any more tea?My mother smiled and smoothed the ribbon in my hair.  “Honey, when you don’t want any more, just lay your hand gently over your cup and tell her you’ve had enough.”...more
Great post, MsMontie! I have been through this as well and I knew exactly when it was time to ... more

6 Lies Stay-at-Home Moms Tell Themselves

I've heard it all before: stay-at-home moms with endless excuses, reasonings, logic and lies that we tell ourselves (and other people) of how and why we are the exceptions to many social norms. "I'm too busy as a SAHM to be able to do that during the day." "People should understand because I'm a SAHM." "Well, that's easy for her to do because she's not a SAHM." Ladies, it's all bull. It really is. ...more
Fabulous reminders! You are right in every single one. more

5 Things You Need to Know About Having a One-Night Stand

If you'd never have a one-night stand or think there is something morally corrupt about having sex with someone and never speaking to them again, this might not be the post for you.If you've had one-night stands before, or if you're considering working them into your sexual repertoire, I would like to offer some ideas on how you can make the most out of them. You can have a safe, enjoyable one-night stand; you just need to go about it in a way that applies some best practices....more
Well, I went and watched Beyonce's video...wowsa! Great tips, Feminista. I've actually never had ... more

The Perfect Harmony of the 'Mad Men' Finale

The Mad Men finale felt absolutely perfect to me: uneven, repetitive, gorgeous, tedious, predictable, rich, rewarding, infuriating, full of visual puzzles and Easter eggs (or more specifically, Halloween pumpkins), and buoyed by exquisitely-crafted narrative. Most importantly, it was true to the universe of characters it has given us.  It even ended with a sickly sweet, iconic commercial that evoked both nostalgia and revulsion at the same time. Perfectly Mad Men. ...more
Thank you for this deconstruction, Deb! What an amazing interpretation and so eloquently ... more

How to Measure Your Blogging Success Without Using Metrics

From the moment you start reading blogs, you're aware of numbers: numbers of comments, numbers of shares, numbers of favorites and retweets and forwards ... and that's before you even have access to Google Analytics....more
Thanks for this post, Rita! It's so refreshing. All I see out there is how to 'increase traffic' ... more

3 Things Bloggers Need to Do Before the Google Update Tomorrow

It is important for all bloggers to understand the Google update coming up on April 21st. As in, tomorrow. Even if you do not pay much attention to your Google rankings, this update will still affect your page traffic and audience reach. If you are not a website owner or blogger, you may still find it interesting how Google is trying to create an even better searching experience when using your mobile devices. Here are three things bloggers need to do before the update on April 21st. ...more
I was having problem with my site last few weeks and had too many outdated plug ins. With the ... more

3 Smart Ways to Use Twitter and Its Tools for Better Blogging

If you have taken a deep look at your Google Analytics lately, you may notice Twitter dropping off as a referrer to your blog, but I am here to assure you that Twitter is not dead. It can be a useful tool for content creation, monetization, and community building. Here are just a few ways to use Twitter and its third-party tools to better your blog....more
Thanks, Diane. I feel like I'm always 10 steps behind...I had no idea twitter was considered ... more

How to Consign Your Clothes Like a Pro

One day, it hit me: If I consigned my own clothes, I would make money that I could use to buy more clothes at consignment shops. It was a revelation. Now, I love going into my local consignment shop to see how much "free money" I have in my account. And I've learned a few things about how to get the most value out of the process. ...more
Great tips, Kate. Some of the stores will mark down items after a certain period of time. So, ... more

Are You a Keeper or a Tosser?

My mom likes stuff. She’s a bit of a collector. She’s not like Hoarders: Buried Alive yet or anything. Maybe more of the Borderline Hoarder: Might Be Buried Some Day So Keep Checking on Me variety. Mom has had stuff stashed away for the grandkids since before there was an inkling that there might be grandkids....more
Haha, I was just thinking that, too. Your little niece will become a hoarder because let's face ... more