4 Reasons to Always Use an Image with Your Post

Flip back through the archived posts on my blog, and you’ll see that the images are few and far between. I’m a word person, thank you very much. It’s how my thoughts take shape and where the force of my meaning naturally settles. Images don’t really resonate for me. So when I started Creative Juicer, I figured, I’d just put my words out there. The problem is, the marketer side of me knows better. And if I stop and pay attention, most of the most successful writers’ blogs I know, like The Write Practice, include an image with every post. Images matter. A lot. ...more
As a writer, I don't want images to detract from the writing. However, I totally agree with what ...more

Has a Comment Ever Made You Want to Quit the Internet?

A few days later, I received a comment that tore me to shreds. This person accused me of writing regurgitated garbage just for the sake of luring traffic from search engines. "I bet you're not even Jewish." His evidence was that I knew nothing of Jewish culture, because I used the word "menorot" and everyone knows it's menorah. ...more
People are more bold on line than in person..and maybe much more out of line.more

Pam Phelps Featured in Woman's World Magazine + More!

Pam Phelps, blogger at Where Your Treasure Is, had her Rose Potpourri Tutorial featured in the June 23, 2014 issue of Woman's World magazine. ...more

The Blog Remains the Same: Things We're Still Concerned With 10 Years Later

I had the immense good fortune to have attended the very first BlogHer Conference in 2005. I was in my second year of my current blog, by then and I loved the idea of a bunch of women bloggers getting together to discuss the craft. I recruited my local blogger friend Cagey to go with me, and we headed to San Jose and plunged right in.   ...more
lruettimann Thanks for the share!more

Over Breakfast and Facebook, I Discovered My Brother's Mug Shot

As I sit here, quietly surrounded by my four sleeping children on the first day of summer break, I wish I could unsee the police blotter my friend posted to her Facebook feed this morning. The joys and peril of social media… who needs the weekly town paper when you can get the local dirt instantly? Who needs to wait for a call from your mom that your brother is in trouble again when friends just post the arrest summary online? ...more
BlogHer Prayer works. My dad went to rehab 18 months ago and has been sober ever since. So, ...more

7 Canadian Bloggers to Follow for Canada Day

While my American friends are getting ready to pull out their stars and stripes, up here in Canada I'm gearing up for a festive Canada Day in Ottawa. My July 1 will be filled with friends, food, and fireworks ... but I wanted to leave you with some fabulous Canadian bloggers to follow. Check them out, and please leave links to your favourite Canucks in the comments below. ...more
Wow! Thank you so much - I am truly honoured to be mentioned!more

7 Tips to Make Your Blog User Friendly

There are several things about the layout and appearance of a blog, as well as accessibility of social media following options, that I always take notice of when visiting other blogs. They are things that guide my own blog layout, so I obviously like them. Some of the following tips are my personal preference, others I've noticed on successful blogs, and then some I have taken under advisement from other credible sources. It makes sense to want readers to find your blog easy to navigate. The last thing you want is to have someone get frustrated and click away when something compelled them to come over in the first place. Besides, if you're not writing to be read and interacted with, why are you writing on the Internet? ...more
Bloppies Thanks for the RT!more

Don't Like that Facebook Tweaked Your News Feed? Tweak it Back.

If you need one more reason to freshen up your feed, a study just came out claiming that the things we see on our Facebook news feed rubs off on how we express ourselves (negative things on or feed influences negative posts and vice versa), so in our crazy world of stress, work and life the little things we can do to make our environments even a bit more more positive do make a difference. I'm Rosanna, and I am a Facebook addict. I check it about 74 times per day and sometimes I just wish I knew how to quit it altogether. I've spent the last few days learning how to hack, tweak, and manage my newsfeed so I get more of the things I actually care about, and less of the things I find annoying and unnecessary. ...more
sunnybatra232 Thanks so much!more

Celebrate the Decade with July's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more
Yes and thanks. I need a prod to get going again, as have not posted since May.more

My Biggest Blogging Mistake: What, I Have to Promote This Website?

I started blogging back in 2008 with a head full of ideas about parenting Asian mixed-race kids. Coming from a journalism background, I knew I could apply the research and storytelling skills from my jobs and use them to shed light on the experiences of my family and other people like us. I bought a URL and hired graphic designer friend to build me a spiffy site. Each post was written with care, revised, re-written and accompanied with a cute photo....more
beyondlosangeles Same here!! I'm embarrassed my friends (or FB friends) will make fun of me, be ...more