Post goes viral -- can you recommend a topical ointment?

Have you ever gotten so stressed you broke out in hives? That happened to me recently and while I've identified the cause, the symptoms brought on some serious scratch action.I wrote a post October 2 titled, "It's enough to make you cancel your reservation." It was a silly little piece about traveler complaints found in a survey by Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents. I originally read about this in the Telegraph, a British newspaper, a few years ago. If it was good enough for the Telegraph, it was good enough for me....more

Channel your inner tag line and don't annoy your Mother

May I ask you a very personal question?Do you have a tag line for your blog? It's usually under the title and offers a brief glimpse into the mind of the blogger. I know I'm being forward but I really want to know.  I've been reading (again with the reading) that, if not properly researched and street-tested, your tag line could be dragging you down....more

Pens color-coded to your anxiety levels? You may be a perfectionist

Self-help magazines love to offer helpful tips on organization. And they all offer the same top tip. MAKE A LIST. But what these magazines neglect to mention is you have to be organized in the first place. It's a whole big thing.Buy a journal to keep your lists. Something attractive so you can GET IN THE MOOD. In my case, the brown paper wrapper the magazine came in....more

Like a serving of hilarious with your Saturday mornings?

It's my third blogging anniversary and what did I do to celebrate this fabulous moment?I had group sex. Kidding! (Hands up who thought I was serious.) It's something even better.A bunch of us started a new blog. We'll be swinging on the monkey bars in the WordPress playground and it promises to be all kinds of fun. It's called: "The Nudge Wink Report: hilarious comic-tary on news, views, and attitudes. Every Saturday morning."...more

Freshly Pressed? Find someone to get fresh with

Don, bustin' the moves at Don Of All Trades, and the Mistress of Peace, Hippie Cahier, both saw their blogs get Freshly Pressed last week. How very cool! I discovered you can follow @freshly_pressed on Twitter and news like this just magically appears in your timeline....more

In a blog rut? Publisher reveals epic tips!

The better blogging guide* that arrived shortly after I began this blog is sitting on my desk and I'm fighting the urge to put it through the shredder.After blogging for a few years, I thought I should give it a read and see if I could pick up some pointers. Turns out I get a gold star in the "so awesomely wrong" category.Guide to Better Blogging: An Overview...more

In a blog rut? Publisher reveals epic tips

The better blogging guide* that arrived shortly after I began this blog is sitting on my desk and I'm fighting the urge to put it through the shredder.After blogging for a few years, I thought I should give it a read and see if I could pick up some pointers. Turns out I get a gold star in the "so awesomely wrong" category.Guide to Better Blogging: An Overview...more

A Shining Bromance

This is the final day of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Time to wag your tail...it's the dog of your choice today. -BDA Shining Bromanceby blogdramedyRemember Jack's line? What if this is as good as it gets?...more

Fluff Piece

This is day nine of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Meaty bones for all. -BDFluff Pieceby blogdramedyThe meeting with my editor didn't go well....more

Lost in Translation

This is day eight of BlogShorts, a short-story writing challenge. Ten days, ten short stories, 110 words.  This year, we're writing to the theme: The Dog Days of Summer. Time to get clipped. -BDLost in Translationby blogdramedy...more