10 Ways to Make Your Blog a Welcoming Space

My friend, Cassie, is huge on fostering a sense of community on her blog, and I love that about her. Her approach to encouraging community got me to thinking. How can I make my blog a space where readers want to return to and at the same time, how can I make readers feel welcomed and valued? Today I thought I would share with you 10 ways to make your blog a welcoming space. ...more
Great post! I think linking your posts within posts is something that's very easily forgotten about.more

10 Tips for Re-Branding Your Blog

A couple of years ago, I changed the focus of my blog. Whether you're thinking of shifting your blog focus slightly or making a big change, these 10 tips for re-branding your blog will come in handy. ...more
Thanks for this. I am getting ready to transition from a general/lifestyle blog to a book/nerd ...more

Ready, Set, Go! Get Ready for June's NaBloPoMo

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

5 Reasons to Start a Weekly Series on Your Blog

I'm a big fan of weekly series. I have two that I do on my blog. The first is the Friday Blog Roundup, and I've been writing this weekly post for almost 9 years. 9 years -- every week! It's simply a way to share some of the blog posts that affected me over the course of the week, and hopefully get a conversation going with others about them; like a mini book club for blog posts. ...more
I started a spin on Woman Crush Wednesdays - after seeing a string of pictures of our teen ...more

Wondering About the Best Type of Sex to Have This Summer?

Kait Scalisi of Passion by Kait was interviewed by Redbook for an article on the best summer sex. ...more

How to Create Fun Blogging Business Cards

Want to know how to create fun business cards that you can pass out at your next blogging conference? ...more
Awesome post and great ideas! Thanks!more

How a Diaper Bag Insert Turned into a Crowdfunding Site for Moms

About a month after having my son, Teddy, I had my first moment of (new) mom inspiration. Somehow in my sleep-depraved, poorly showered, deer-in-headlights state, I came up with a damn good idea....more
Elisa Camahort Thanks so much, Elisa! I hope this will inspire other moms to move forward with ...more

6 Inevitable Truths You'll Learn About Blogging

I've been blogging for over five years now. What started as a way to just write and share my thoughts has turned into so much more. Almost two years ago, I decided to focus on my blogging in a new, more serious way. When I started blogging, I had no idea that people blogged in the hopes of gaining a larger audience or as a way to showcase their writing. I was a bit naïve. Now I know there is a world of great writers expressing themselves through blogs. ...more
The part about needing to write is something we writers know well. The pen (or keyboard) impels ...more

What's Your Defining Moment?

What do all these experts have in common? We all begin at that defining moment when we realize a passion and start to pursue it. Today, we're starting a conversation about our defining moments. They can be huge (as you'll hear in some incredible, life-changing stories coming up on BlogHer and SheKnows) or very small: a quiet voice in your head saying, Oh. I get it now. ...more
Hey Julie, I think like a lot of people who are passionate about something and have ...more

How to Still Love Blogging After the Honeymoon Ends

When you first start blogging, you feel like you have so many ideas and so many things to say. You promise yourself you will blog every day and respond to every comment. Blogging will be the best thing ever. And for the first couple months it is. Your blog posts brim with excitement, and you look forward to having the chance to put your thoughts down on paper (meaning, on your computer). Fast forward a few months. ...more
I started my blog in 2011, and wrote three hundred 'educational or inspirational' posts before I ...more