First Date Fiasco: He Expected Me To "Pitch" Him.

My first over-the-phone conversation with the lawyer should have set the red flags a-wavin'. He had a very specific list of rules for women he dated: ...more
I don't even KNOW you and I'm so PROUD!!  You GO girl!! more

Create an Everyday Board to Promote Learning at Home

Gigi, my five-year-old, wants to know everything about... EVERYTHING! Questions, questions, questions. all. the.time. I love her inquisitive nature and her thirst for knowledge, but boy can it be exhausting answering every question she has. So in order to help both of us out and turn her curious mind into actual factual learning, we made together an "Everyday Board." There are two important aspects of the everyday she needs and wants to know: Weather and Time. I broke them down on the board in 5 different ways. ...more
LOVE these ideas...great for grandparents too! more

Grab Your BlogHer '14 Blog Badge and Get Excited for Our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

You've been asking for a little bling to show your BlogHer '14 love on your blogs. We've been saying, "It's coming! Soon!" Well, wait no longer! We've got 18 great badges for you to choose from for this year's conference. And, oh, they look good this year, featuring our 10th Anniversary Celebration colors and such. I just love them, and I think you will too....more
These are awesome!  I've grabbed one and posted it.  Thanks! more

4 Tips on How To Get the Most out of BlogHer '14

I’ve written about BlogHer before—many times, actually. This year will mark my 3rd BlogHer conference in a row… so I feel like I pretty much have a good grasp on it by now. ...more
Thanks for taking the time to write this.  Though I've blogged for over 4 yrs., this will be my ... more

Lesson Learned: Bloggers, Pay Attention When Selecting Images and Make Sure You Have Permission to Use Them

It was last November.  I was writing a post about my mother’s final days on this earth. Mom had battled Alzheimer’s for more than eight years, and her sad, long journey was almost at an end. The image I chose for my post was a beautiful Tree of Life creation which fit perfectly with my subject matter.  I remember hesitating just for a moment.  Was it an image I had purchased from a service?  Had I found it in Creative Commons?  Was it okay to use? ...more
Thank you so much for posting this.  I just registered for BlogHer 2014 and hope to attend a ... more

Announcing BlogHer '14: Bringing BlogHer Back to the Bay Area for Our 10th Annual Conference!

Today Lisa, Jory, and I are thrilled to announce that the 10th annual BlogHer Conference will return to its Bay Area birthplace next July 24-26, 2014 in San Jose, CA! You can (and probably should) register now! ...more
Can't wait!  LOVED BlogHer Pro in the Silicon Valley...this will be my 1st HUGE BlogHer. more

Announcing the BlogHer PRO '13 Agenda!

At BlogHer '13, we announced the news that BlogHer PRO would return to Silicon Valley for another year. Today, we are excited to give you a peek at the programming for this expanded, but limited-capacity, event, focused on helping you take your business, marketing, and technical skills to the next level. If you're a professionally-minded online influencer at any stage of business development, we hope you'll join us for BlogHer PRO this year! Tickets are still available, so we invite you to check out the agenda preview below, then register here....more
Really looking forward to my first BlogHer conference in October.  The agenda looks amazing. more

Could I Actually Become a Full-Time Blogger?

"You want to do what? Can you really make money at that?" is the reaction I usually get when I talk about wanting to leave the 9-to-5 world to stay home and become a full-time blogger. It’s said in the same condescending “Oh, that’s cute” voice used when a three-year-old says she wants to be the next president or pop star. Now don’t get me wrong, my family and friends are supportive of my blog and writing, but many view it as more of a hobby than something “real.” But I know it’s real. So the question is, do I have what it takes to leave the work world I’ve known and make a-go of this, writing in my space and picking up freelance work because of my blog? ...more
I'm a baby Boomer Blogger, so my demographic is slow to catch on to yet another method of ... more

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

I wanted to find out what all these top bloggers had in common. Their mindset, their mental habits. I spent a lot of time observing, which led to this list of the eight success traits shared by all top bloggers I’ve found. I’m happy to share it with you. ...more
I'm delighted.  After reading this, I've learned that I AM a successful blogger! more

Announcing BlogHer PRO '13 !

On Friday, at BlogHer '13 in Chicago we announced the return of BlogHer PRO! But this time we are extending the conference by a half of a day. ...more
Is it unusual to not have an agenda for a conference 2 mos. before it's held?  I've signed up ... more