How Do You Know What It's Worth to Blog Something Hurtful?

Needless to say a bigger conversation ensued where folks felt like they shouldn't hide their feelings, they should have the right to say what they want. Too many people are hiding their feeling as it is. And I agree. But my main question stands... What's it worth to you? You see, while we love this brave new world of blogging, and many of us use it as therapy creating whole communities of supportive folks, there is that moment that what you share will perhaps hurt someone that is dear to you. ...more

How to Plan Out a Blog in 5 Easy Steps

"Katie, how do I start a blog?" This question has become rather common recently and is one that I find a little tricky to answer in a way that can be most helpful to those asking. I usually respond with "What do you want to blog about?" at which point an awkward pause usually follows. When this happens I know that it would be unhelpful of me to go through the click-by-click specifics of starting a blog. Instead, I take a step back and delve into the essential steps based on the foundation you build before starting a blog. ...more

Tell Us What You Know With August's NaBloPoMo

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

Renee Bergeron and the Superhero Project

Renee Bergeron, who blogs at Little Earthling Blog, had her personal photography project, The SuperHero Project, go viral recently - including an article on Today.com. This project is designed to give the gift of professional photography to special needs families. ...more

13 Easy Posts That Will Get You Over Writer's Block

It's happens to all bloggers at some point. Blogger's block. You want to write a post. You feel like you need to write a post. You sit down to write a post. And the mind goes blank. You've got nothing. The harder you try, the more your brain freezes. Sometimes it's an indication that you need a break. Frequently, though, it's a temporary thing and all you need is a little inspiration (or a few tips) to get going again. Here are 13 tips to help you overcome blogger's block. ...more
Thank you for this. I am new to blogging and already feel like I have writers block. I think ...more

How to Get Started With Periscope

Oh look, another social media platform... Just what we need. I'll admit it; I was reluctant to get at first, but I LOVE Periscope! If you haven't heard of it yet, Periscope is a live-streaming app owned by Twitter. The fun part about it is that you have the ability to interact with followers in real time. If you're wondering how to get started with Periscope, here's how. ...more
I have been using it regularly, and think it has great potential for Brands to collaborate with ...more

Why I Don't Pin Your Content (and How You Can Change That)

Pinterest is a potential plethora of traffic, growth in readership, and exposure. It's easy to become mesmerized by the shiny, pretty packages it contains and become complacent about the things you pin and how you use Pinterest in correlation with your blog or business. But you really shouldn't. As a marketing professional, I see four common but huge no-no's that happen all too frequently, especially with bloggers. I'm going to share my industry expertise to help you avoid these common pitfalls of Pinterest. ...more
And there I was wondering why everyone's images looked so darn good. Thank you for introducing ...more

What Is Your Blogging Goal?

Since I first began blogging, I've had this dream. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted to go and how I planned on getting there. For me, blogging was an outlet but it also had potential to allow me to do something I loved without sacrificing time with the people I love. Still, it hasn't always been a dream others could understand. When I would say "This could be it!"about my blog career, they only saw the dream and not the reality. ...more
So proud of your positive self-encouragement and positive "self-talk!"  It took me a long time ...more

The BlogHer Conference: One Starfish at a Time

This moment defines BlogHer '15 for me. I looked down at my hand and my ring wasn't there. IT WASN'T THERE. I immediately flipped out, tossing everything out of my bag and crawling underneath the table. But here's the thing. No one sat there and watched, but only one person at the table knew me before I sat down with my plate. ...more
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you. As I said, your blog, your story, and the ...more

Your 2025 Blogging Time Capsule

Have you ever considered what your last blog post will be? Just recently while sailing on a transatlantic ship during the night, while the waves were pounding the boat and we rocked back and forth in our beds, the question on my mind was this: If we were to sink, my very last blog post would be about waiting in LaGuardia airport, using the $7 a day internet. It would be a final snapshot. But really, is that what I want to go out with? Paid internet? No. Definitely not. ...more