On Blogging, Popularity Contests & Why I QUIT!

Last night I received an email telling me I'm up for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Mental Wellness Blogs. You'd think that would make me happy, but it didn't really. In fact, I immediately felt sad once I understood what was involved. ...more

These contests just feel like so much misdirected energy. I don't want to spend my time and ... more

I Went Soap-free and I Liked It

I've gone soap free. I like it. And I'm not alone. Okay -- I'm not entirely soap-free, but I'm definitely very soap-lite. But before I get into the details, here's the story. It all started with a little curiosity, when I read Sean Bonner's soap-free story on BoingBoing. The local L.A. blogger revealed he's been soap and shampoo-free for a year -- aside from his hands, which he still washes with soap -- and enjoying softer, healthier skin, a dandruff-free scalp, and more manageable hair -- while smelling sweet too! ...more

I'd love to give this a try. Skeptical how my long hair and greasy scalp will fare without ... more

The Wii Fit Workout: How I Got Exercise Into My Day

Apparently, there are gyms where you go and stand in front of a television and play Wii games as exercise. I went home to Josh and we laughed and laughed. And then I borrowed my friend's Wii and I became one of those people. And then it didn’t seem funny at all. Then it seemed like a brilliant idea to go downstairs to the basement and take a little bike ride around Wuhu Island. And then take a 1.5 mile jog near the virtual water. And maybe go flying for a little upper arm definition. ...more

We've had the Wii Fit for over a year, and it was a great way to get back into daily exercise ... more

Week 3: Explore BlogHer.com and Win a BlogHer Food '11 Pass!

We still have so much good stuff on BlogHer.com to introduce you to, so how about we keep this going for another week and give you an opportunity to win your choice of a full conference pass to either BlogHer Food '11, May 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia, or our annual conference, BlogHer '11, August 5-6 in San Diego, California? ...more

Wow! I like it.

I've not yet had a chance to attend a BlogHer conference, but I definitely ... more

How to Get Published: Before We Even Get Started (Part One)

I am a published author. And you can be, too. ...more

So glad I came across this series today! I have been an expat & travel blogger at www.zurika.com ... more

Very Va Va Vegetarian: Chana Masala Recipe

Thinking too much about this recipe and its merits frustrates me. When I was young, I was vegetarian and hated curry, which to me meant all Indian food. What a waste. Of all the diets in the world, the Indian culture contains some of the most varied vegetarian recipes. Hinduism encourages a vegetarian lifestyle, and though it is left up to the individual, many Hindus are vegetarian. Today, throughout India and it's many regional cuisines vegetarian dishes are frequent and varied.  ...more

I became a vegetarian as a teenager in Tennessee, where the most exotic restaurant around was ... more

Life on the Web: Surviving the Drive-by Attack

If you've been on the web for more than a minute you've at least witnessed an attack on a blogger by a troll - usually anonymous. If you're truly lucky, it has happened to you. And if you are a bonafied interwebz superstar - someone like, oh say Dooce (Heather Armstrong) - you've got entire blogs dedicated to hating you. And if you are someone like, oh say Dooce - you brilliantly monetize the hate. ...more

Even though my blog is small and relatively personal, I attract the occasional troll. I ... more

Fiction: The First Sentence

I'd like some feedback on the first sentence of my novel-in-progress. First sentences are so, so, so important. I often open books in bookstores or the library, read the first sentence, and dismiss the whole thing or keep it based on that sentence. Even though I hate Hunter S. Thompson's content, he is a MASTER of first sentences.

The big SIGG BPA letdown

Water bottle manufacturer SIGG has found themselves in the hot seat recently after they revealed that their bottles, which many environmentally-aware, health-conscious consumers and parents fell in love with, have actually contained bisphenol-A (BPA) all along. SIGG claims they never said their bottles were BPA-free, but only that they "did not leach BPA." ...more

Ugh, that's disheartening to hear. I hate it when companies prove to be misleading dickheads. ... more

Announcing BlogHer '10 and BlogHer Business '10

Today BlogHer is thrilled to announce the date, location and venue for BlogHer '10 and BlogHer Business '10. Finally, after five on the West Coast and MIdwest, we are hitting the East Coast. And not just anywhere. Meet us in the Big Apple, Baby! BlogHer is hitting New York City!! And you can register now! Can I hear a w00t?! Here are the details: What: BlogHer Business '10 and BlogHer '10 Dates: BlogHer Business '10 on Thursday August 5th, 2010 BlogHer '10 on Friday and Saturday, August 6-7, 2010 Where: New York, NY ...more

As a Germany-based blogger, NYC is probably as close to me as this conference is ever going ... more