I'm More Than "Just a Stripper"

 Please find below my response to an experience that is unfortunately quite common for pole dancers like myself. The details are specific to my most recent “Regina George”, but after a number of years of being deeply in love with this sport, the mean girls all tend to blend together.Dear “Regina George”,The other day you called me out for being “just a stripper”. I was offended, but not for the reasons you think.“Just”A few questions for context, if you please:Who are you to limit me, exactly?...more
I stumbled on this post by accident, but after recently having a family member say 'you're just ... more

Surprise! Your Instagram Photos are Being Used for Marketing

Another day, another story in the Wall Street Journal of how the photos we post to our social media accounts are being used without our knowledge.  That picture of your first Starbucks Pumpkin Spice latte of the season, your kid eating Pringles, that Diet Coke can in your hand at the neighbourhood picnic: they're all being rounded up by companies such as Ditto Labs and used to know more about you so companies can best target ads or conduct research. ...more
Melissa Ford wegotkidz <-at least the watermark will drive folks to your site. Watermarking ... more

How I Discovered That It's Not About Sofia Vergara

Some days ago I wrote a post about Sofia Vergara and how I thought she was basically bad publicity for "latina" women.  However,  through a comment and some further discussion about the topic with friends  I've come to discover that Sofia isn't the guilty party here....more
I have the same issues regarding the typecasting of Latinas in Hollywood so I do understand your ... more

The Most Important Blogging Lessons: Advice From 18 Veteran Bloggers

As part of our tenth anniversary Selfiebration extravaganza this year, we chatted on Twitter yesterday with a few of the speakers for BlogHer's 10x10 Project: Alexandra Rosas, Deb Rox, Doug French, Kelly Wickham, and Shann ...more
This post inspired my most recent pinterest board - All things Blogging - 'Blogspiration' ... more

LIVE on CBS This Morning: #BlogHerPayHer

It's not every day we get to announce the State of the BlogHer Economy on national television. This morning it was my absolute pleasure to join CBS This Morning with Norah O'Donnell and Anthony Mason. Here's what happened: ...more
Looking forward to learning about the new monetization tools! Tweeted this out, LOVE the ... more

Social Media and Blogging Predictions for 2014

While you're in line at the store, waiting to return those Christmas gifts (why did your mother-in-law think you wanted a magenta muumuu?), we've compiled our best predictions for social media and blogging for the upcoming year. By looking at current trends and past history, we were able to see the way things are heading. And you're going to want to read this because if we're right, you'll want to look at those apps you download veeeeeeeeeery carefully this upcoming year. ...more
I don't like this 'tweetjacking' thing at all! more

Introducing the 10x10 Project! Part of the 10th Anniversary BlogHer Conference Celebration

Today we're excited to announce a new initiative to celebrate our 10th Anniversary BlogHer '14 Conference, and YOU... since we always have and always will call BlogHer events "the conference the community built"!We call this new initative The 10x10 Project, and here is the background:...more
My favorite BlogHer Conference Moment was in 2009 at the Blogger Breakfast, you suggested we all ... more

Dear Martha Stewart, Here's What You SHOULD Have Said About Bloggers

Dear Martha Stewart, Lots of bloggers are highly miffed with you right now, and I get why. ...more
And I'm going to let the opinion of a Jail Bird phase me WHY? Unless I want to learn how to make ... more

The BlogHer '13 Fashion Show Is Ready to Rock the Runway: Meet the Models

Last year, BlogHer introduced what immediately became the next BlogHer tradition: the BlogHer Fashion Show. As we announced last month, the Fashion Show will once again anchor our Saturday evening festivities to close out BlogHer '13.I like to describe the Fashion Show "like a visual Voices of the Year, only set to pumping music and in hot shoes." Our goal is to walk (really WALK) the talk about owning our beauty, each and every one of us....more
Go Lianne Farbes, The Makeup Girl, Go! I'll be there in spirit! :-) more

My New York Internship: The Job That Was Not a Job

I was making, roughly, $70 a night as a waitress. Two hundred dollars sounded amazing. This sounded like a golden opportunity hovering in the air, just waiting for me to seize it. ... Part of the Women @ Work series, sponsored by AFL-CIO. ...more
If only you could share their real details so that others could avoid the same fate! more