5 Ways To Keep Poor Kids From Ruining Your Halloween If You're A Terrible Person

Have you heard about the wicked wealthy witch who wrote a letter to Slate's Dear Prudence advice column complaining about her 1%-er neighborhood being overrun by mini vans full of less fortunate 99%-ers out to pilfer her mountain of full size $100,000 bars on Halloween? Here it is. Get ready to cringe and seethe simultaneously. ...more
You NAILED it, Linda. This is fantastic. This might be my favorite line: "And finally, don't ... more

11 Great Tips Writers Need to Know to Keep Getting Published

While getting your writing accepted by a website you’ve aspired to be published on is a great accomplishment, your work isn’t over as soon as you get a "Yes!"  Once you get that coveted letter from an editor saying your work is going to be featured, there are several things left to do, to ensure that you get the most out of your experience as a contributor, and that you are welcomed back to write more pieces in the future. ...more
This is FABULOUS, Susan. I am just so impressed by you and what a wonderful service you're ... more

How To Boost Your Site with a Blog Series

One of the best ways to become THAT blog to people is to take a page from the world of television and create a weekly or monthly series on your blog. I’m talking about a topic that you cover every week, every other week, every month etc., that your readers can look forward to. You can also consider a mini-series, where you choose a topic and create a certain number of entries that you will spread out over a period of time. There are several ways your blog can benefit by including a series. ...more
You are so right, Susan! I cannot even believe how successful "Peen Week In the Powder Room" has ... more

An Adult Child Abuse Survivor's Guide to the Holidays

This is a post from 'State of Grace',  a blog I maintained from 2004 to 2009. I wrote frequently and candidly about my perspectives and experiences as a survivor of child sexual, physical and psychological abuse and neglect.  This was a piece with a list of how I manage the profound difficulties of celebrating holidays with abusive members of my family.  For Christmas, 2013, I  humbly present this to the BlogHer readership, most espcially for my sister and brother abuse survivors and their allies.(Edited from original post, November 26, 2009)...more
This is a fantastic resource, Grace. Thank you. I think your tips are applicable to all kinds of ... more

10 Questions for Canadian Woman With Surprise Birth of a Full-Term Baby

There are many complicated things about baby-making and baby-having. It's a pretty consuming ride, from the point that you decide you want to have a baby allllllll the way through to the day that you finally have said baby, sometimes with months and years and tears and worries and adoption and other things all leading up to that one great day, when, AT LAST: BABY....more
"Are you going to take parenting classes? Because parenting requires a very strong set of ... more

Stepping Out from Behind a Pseudonym: Starting to Blog Under My Real Name

Then came Facebook.  Suddenly, those of us who had always gone by a pseudonym online had a choice to make. If we wanted to retain our online privacy, we would be unable to carry our blogging friendships with us into the world of Facebook. But if we wanted our Facebook friends list to include all of our friends, not just those we knew in "real" life, we would have to out ourselves and reveal our real names. ...more
Such a great conversation and one that is close to my heart. I started anonymously and was outed ... more

Best Quotes From the BlogHer '13 Sessions

I'm like Jenny Chiu of Mommy Nani Booboo -- I just can't quit BlogHer '13 quite yet (go watch the video and come back -- so funny!). So I've been reading the panel transcriptions, and just had to share the nuggets of wisdom I've come across so far. BlogHers floor me every year -- so smart, prepared, powerful, willing to share. Read on for my favorite quotes. I'll be adding more as I find them, and stay tuned: We should also be getting the presentations attached to these transcriptions by next week. ...more
Oh, this is fantastic. There were so many sessions I couldn't get to because they overlapped ... more

Announcing: The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year!

Six weeks + 2,600 submissions + 15 committee members = The 2013 BlogHer Voices of the Year! (Affectionately known as #VOTY.)This year's VOTY submission process has been a magnificent journey through the hearts and minds of the blogosphere. We are so excited to honor these 100 bloggers -- writers, speakers, and artists, who have pushed us to think more, feel more, share more, and do more....more
I am flabbergasted by all the work it takes for the committees to read 2600+ posts and select ... more

Top Ten Success Tips For My 25-Year-Old Self

Dear 25-Year Old Self, As I am turning 50 soon, I feel that I can give you some excellent I’m-twice-your-age-youngster advice, with a bonus tip: Top Ten Lists have better Google juice. You’re welcome! Here we go, youngster. ...more
Oh how I wish we really could give ourselves advice from the older, wiser us. And damn, you must ... more

An Open Letter To Honey Boo Boo's Mama

Dear June,Like many Americans, I've been tuning in each week to follow your family's adventures on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and discover interesting things like how to bob for pigs' feet, harvest road kill, and make a homemade slip-N-slide with an old tarp, a hose, and a bottle of baby oil....more
@Suniverse Thank you, sweet Suni. You are so wise and loving. I'm so proud to call you my friend. more