Top 5 Video Tips From SheKnows Media's VP of Video, Melissa Haggerty

This month, I sat down with Melissa Haggerty, vice president of video for SheKnows Media and the brilliant mind behind all those gorgeous videos you saw at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us, to ask for her top five tips regarding video. Here's what she had to say!...more

Reconnecting to the Role

This past weekend I was grouchy. I'm at the hardest part of my half-marathon training, so I'm tired physically a lot. We just had a week solid of sultry, sweaty days and thick summer nights ....more

How to Improve Your Video Skills With BlogHer University

Happy 10th birthday, YouTube! Video is bigger than ever. According to Cisco, "Globally, consumer internet video traffic will be 80 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2019, up from 64 percent in 2014."...more

Growing Up

"Did I used to put my head here?" she asked, even though she knew the answer, that this is a dance we do. "Yes, right here on my shoulder. And then, finally, you would sleep from 5-7 am." I remember those days, dragging myself to work to pay for diapers and formula and daycare ....more

Bored With What You Just Wrote? Try These 5 Tips to Make It Sparkle

Some days I write a post, stare at it briefly, and am overwhelmed by a generalized feeling of "meh." Does this ever happen to you? No, of course not. So you don't need to know these five tips for improving your writing. Never mind. Nothing to see here....more
Great tips, Rita. Thank you for these. I often feel meh about my posts but I don't hit publish ...more

I Am the Party

"You are the party," she said. We were in college. I'm sure I was crying over what the kids now call FOMO ....more

The Transformation of Chateau Travolta: New Deck Edition

(This post originally appeared on And look, I made a Pinterest-y thing!) Because I'm not like a professional blogger or anything, I forgot to take rock-solid "before" pictures, so some parts of the deck are already removed here. In recent years, we realized the deck was getting seriously squishy ....more

My Very Hard But Ultimately Satisfying Upcycled Barn Wood DIY Deck

We like to refer to our house as "Chateau Travolta" because when we bought it as a bank foreclosure, it hadn't been touched since it was originally built in 1977. We really loved the backyard and the large deck....more
Hi - can you give some more details on the string lights you''re using....are they bulbs?  I ...more

Everything I Know About How to Write Irresistible Headlines

It's great for SEO to put keywords in your post title. However, the actual post title isn't the only way you're attracting readers. You're also sharing some version of your post title and maybe some teaser copy on Facebook, Twitter, in newsletters, and probably in some programmable areas of your website. These places call for the art of the enticing headline....more

Kizzy Had Surgery. Very Drastic Surgery.

Well, a year and a half after I wrote Help, My Cat Can't Pee on BlogHer, my sweet little black cat, Kizzy, almost died again from a total urinary blockage. Thankfully, before he blocked completely, we'd already decided to take the rather dramatic step of perineal urethrostomy surgery. Cats become candidates for this crazy surgery after they've been blocked three or more times, according to my vet ....more