What Do You Think of Facebook's Thank You Videos?

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Facebook has unrolled a new video algorithm which culls moments out of your timeline and allows you to say thank you to someone on your Friends list. Unlike last December's year-in-review video, which culled out the best moments from your year, Facebook's "Say Thanks" campaign tries to find the overlap between two accounts, sometimes with very touching results and sometimes in ways that make coffee shoot out your nose. ...more
I thought it was a cute idea.  I just changed the pictures that didn't make sense (or where I ...more

How to Write a Headline or Teaser That's Impossible to Ignore

Have you finally penned your masterpiece, soon-to-be-viral post? Hold up: There's a little more to write, and it's incredibly important. Your post title, as well as what you say about your post in social media, are your workhorses. The best post in the world does no good if no one clicks through to it. ...more
Thanks for sharing this! It's a great list. I struggle with writing headlines on my blog, Rudeysroommore

8 Pinterest Promises to Get You Through the Holidays

It took me years to collect all of the essential cookbooks that a respectable kitchen ought to have. I’m talking about Julia Child’s, Moosewood, Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer. You know, the classics. After I became married, mortgaged, and with children it fell to me to create the magic of the holiday season. Since I am no wizard, I often turn to Martha Stewart, my pile of cookbooks, and Pinot Noir to make our holiday merry and bright. But then Pinterest happened. And now my holidays are a crapshoot. Don’t I know about elaborate scenes for Elf on the Shelf? Aren’t I making stocking stuffers out of Nutella or toilet paper rolls? Why am I not recreating the nativity scene with fondant and fermented bean curd? ...more
Ditto...I can't do it all. So, I shouldn't. But, sometimes when I scroll through Pinterest I get ...more

How NaBloPoMo Feels... in 16 Pictures

This month is the largest National Blog Posting Month. If you are wondering what it is like to do NaBloPoMo, here's an explanation in 16 pictures. ...more

That Time I Started Playing Dungeons & Dragons for a Blog Post...

I recently went on a deep undercover writing assignment. My goal was to infiltrate a local Dungeons & Dragons group and make them believe I could be one of them, just for one night, so that I could write about the shenanigans that are role playing games. I wanted to try something new, and my boyfriend kept going on and on about Pathfinder (which is an off shoot of Dungeons & Dragons, basically) so I figured hey, I could go for 4 hours and give it a shot, blog about it, and then move on. That was six months ago. The reason I didn’t write the blog post was because I’m still playing it and you know what? It’s really cool. ...more
forestcats  THAT IS SO COOL! If I ever visit LA (which I really want to do) then I will ...more

How to Write a Funny Post

Stuck on how to make your posts funnier? Here, let me help....more
thanks...now to go back to 2007 and rewrite all my old posts to be funny !more

Jessica Stier's New Cookbook DIY Protein Bars

Jessica Stier of Desserts With Benefits just published her first cookbook, called DIY Protein Bars, which is a collection of 48 protein packed treats that taste like dessert. ...more

Jimmy Kimmel Warns That You're Totally About to be Unfriended

Thinking about posting a political rant or throwing up a cute baby picture on your Facebook feed today? Think again because it's National Unfriend Day, and being yourself online is the number one reason why people will unfriend you. Don't you know that the whole point of social media is not to post what YOU want to post, but instead to only consider what other people want to read? Duh! Don't take it from me. Jimmy Kimmel said so. And he's famous, which means that he's correct. ...more
I regularly go through my friends list, as my friends list is just friends and family. People ...more

How to Write Well About Controversial Topics

Some people can write about controversial topics such as circumcision, breastfeeding, or spankings and host a thoughtful discussion in their comment section, and other people write about those very same topics and end up with what amounts to a bar brawl on their blog. Image: Barbed wire, Shutterstock Are there specific things those first bloggers know that allow them to tackle controversial topics without raising their readership's collective blood pressure? Why... yes. And these are the steps you also can take if you want to write well about controversial topics. ...more
This is timely for me. I've been "writing" a TWO controversial pieces for weeks. I've written ...more

NaBloPoMo November 2014 Prompts

Welcome to the November 2014 NaBloPoMo writing prompts! As with all NaBlo prompts, Saturday and Sunday are for free writing. And as usual in November, there is no theme this month … but many of these prompts are inspired by the BlogHer PRO '14 Conference in December and the upcoming BlogHer PRO School writing lessons in November. (More on PRO School later this week!) ...more
A book that I like: https://asilearntoblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/on-bs-a-short-book-review/more