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

Blogging Advice Doesn't Always Apply When You're Writing Without a Niche

In the blogging world, it seems like there are almost as many types of bloggers as there are tutorials on how to blog.  There are the DIY bloggers, the photography bloggers, coupon counting bloggers, household hints bloggers, childcare bloggers, homeschooling bloggers... Well, the list goes on. For every niche out there, there is a blogger that has captured the very essence of it and is flourishing in that category. Then you have the rest of us, the Naked Niche bloggers. ...more
Well said!more

I Got Hacked: Why You Should Heed Password Change Warnings

The weekend of the Ottawa Race was a big one at my house for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we had a house full of runners and walkers participating in the half marathon. Secondly, I got hacked. Now I don't mean hacked in the small Twitter spoofing I-was-an-idiot-and-clicked-a-dm-link kind of way. I mean, account credentials stolen and credit card used to make a purchase kind of way. Here's how it happened. ...more
thinkitcreative Indeed!more

After You Hit Publish: The Ultimate Blog Promotion Checklist

Hooray! You've published a blog post! You researched your information. You skillfully wrote your piece. You created an appropriate image to accompany your words. And you hit the "publish" button. But your work is only half done. Yes, it's a lot of work to get your blog posts out there, but this checklist should make the job easier. There are certain steps you must take after you publish a post in order for that blog post to truly take off! ...more
Great Tips, This was the area I had my biggest challenge in.  Thanks a lot.more

Mommy Blogging Remains a Radical Act

In 2005 at the original BlogHer, Alice Bradley declared mommy blogging a radical act. By 2009, Lindsay Ferrier and others declared that ship sailed....more
Thank you!!! I'm proud to be a mommy blogger, even though I worry about what I'll write about ...more