Obama Geeks Out with Students at White House Science Fair

A prosthetic leg fashioned from a recycled bicycle.  A handmade electric car raced by its creator.  A computer game meant to entice kids to love STEM.  And a camera that takes the place of a human diver in seeking out people trapped under ice.  100 students representing 30 states all came together today at the White House Science Fair to present their projects to the President of the United States. Uh, yeah, this isn't your run-of-the-mill science fair. ...more
The talent in this world just blows me away. Awesome kids!more

Must-Follow Monday: Military Blogs for Memorial Day

Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day in the United States—a day set aside to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. In honor of military families and the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces, we've compiled a short list of some military family blogs you'll want to add to your blog reading list. ...more
Melissa,  thank you for including me in this fantastic list of writers!more

Does Social Media Take Away Our Right to Be Forgotten?

There is a history podcast that I listen to mostly in my car. In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me such as what the person ate, how he spent his free time and even the exact reasons for his death. (It seems there are a lot of historians and even forensic scientists who study past lives to figure out how people died.) ...more

What Did Your First Blog Design Look Like? How Has it Changed Over the Years?

Attend any blogging conference or read any "how to" on blogging, and you will be told that blog design is important. What is (and is not) important has changed over the years, of course. Do this, don't do that. Include this, don't include that, but include it again tomorrow. It's hard to keep up. My blog design has changed so many times over my 13 years of blogging, it's kind of funny to look back at it. ...more
Mine has remained almost exactly the same since 2004. I've added and taken away various sidebar ...more

Not Buying the Negativity, Boston Globe: Six Ways Social Media Enhances Your Life

The Boston Globe will have an article in the Sunday magazine this weekend listing six ways that social media can ruin your life. But here's the thing: their examples are all cases of social media misuse, and they're the same sort of social gaffes and lack of self-control that can happen in the face-to-face world. While they're correct in stating that social media allows evidence of a mistake to spread much farther and faster than it would have before the advent of social media, they're wrong in that social media is the problem. It's merely a conduit to human idiocy. ...more
Social media had helped me reconnect with old friends who I otherwise would likely never have ...more

How To Boost Your Site with a Blog Series

One of the best ways to become THAT blog to people is to take a page from the world of television and create a weekly or monthly series on your blog. I’m talking about a topic that you cover every week, every other week, every month etc., that your readers can look forward to. You can also consider a mini-series, where you choose a topic and create a certain number of entries that you will spread out over a period of time. There are several ways your blog can benefit by including a series. ...more
This is good advice, I thank you! I've been mulling over the focus to give my blog. At the ...more

9 Apps I Can't Live Without

I've admitted before I am a bit addicted to my phone. In my defense, my phone actually makes me far more efficient than before I had it. I can work from anywhere, which really is both a blessing and a curse. Nevertheless, I have some apps I absolutely love. So for this edition of Things I'm Loving, I'm focusing on the apps I'm loving right now. ...more
Libra White Thanks!!more

10 Remarkable Quotes From the BlogHer Food '14 Conference

I really loved laughing, connecting and exploring Miami's food and culture at BlogHer Food 14—but the soul of every conference, to me, is the wisdom I encounter, be it useful strategies and techniques or a brilliant insight that made me realize something about myself (and my community, and what I really can do, and what we can do together, and can you tell I'm not down from the conference high yet?). Here, my 10 favorite quotes from two days full of smart people....more
Really nice post! And we agree on a lot of the takeaways. I especially like your quote. Because: ...more

What Bloggers Should Know About the Net Neutrality Proposal

Net neutrality. It's a term that you may have heard and know that it's something that bloggers should be concerned about — but perhaps you don't fully understand what it entails or how it might affect you. The FCC opened up discussion for a new set of proposals on net neutrality, or the idea that Internet service providers should treat all content equally. ...more
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The Chicken and the Egg of the Blogosphere: Did You Read or Write First?

It's the blogging chicken-and-the-egg situation: Did reading blogs make you want to be blogger, or did you start your blog and then find other blogs to read in order to build connections with other bloggers? ...more
I blogged and then almost immediately started reading, but I do think it let me sort of do my ...more