The Day I Used My Big Girl Voice

I should start this out by admitting that I am not fantastic about speaking up....more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your May 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more  Day ...more

543rd Friday Blog Roundup

I got into a discussion on Twitter about the mother who was seen beating her son as she removed him from the Baltimore protests. I’ll start by saying that I don’t condone violence of any kind or for any reason. I’ve been uncomfortable with the Facebook comments people have written as they put up the […] ...more

Pulling Your Kids Out of School

I want to start this by saying that I pull my kids out of school from time to time without guilt....more

19 Great Resources to Help You Understand Your Social Media Metrics

Hopefully you've been following our series about understanding metrics to grow your reach as part of BlogHer University, but in case you missed one, I've rounded them all up below so you can have them in one place. Plus I added some additional resources that will help you understand your social media metrics. Should you become obsessed with the numbers? Of course not because they don't tell the whole story of your blog. But metrics are a great place to begin when you want to know what works, what is a waste of your time, and what you can punch up and increase in order to get more traffic or better engagement. ...more
I'm bookmarking this, Mel! There's a ton of great resources here, especially for someone like me ...more

Too Old to Camp

Right now, due to the kitchen renovation, making a cup of coffee means walking up and down two flights of stairs....more

Is It Better Financially to Donate or Consign Clothing?

Updated at the Bottom I asked this on Facebook last night, but I thought I would open up a larger conversation here with more details. Facebook’s tiny status box always makes me feel as if I should keep things brief even if we have mostly unlimited space over there. Whereas my blog feels more like […] ...more

IComLeavWe: May 2015

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point ....more

Picture This! May's NaBloPoMo Is a Photo Celebration

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo May 2015 Prompts

The theme for May's NaBloPoMo is PHOTO, and this month only, you're getting two prompts for the price of one. You're getting a writing prompt, but you're also getting a photo prompt in case you want to go the visual route. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in May -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing though we've included a photo prompt those days!) ...more