How the Pros at Pinterest Unlock Creativity Through Knitting

Some technology companies refer to themselves as “engineering-led” or “design-led.” At Pinterest, we look at all parts of the company as equally important to our mission of helping people save and discover the things they love so they can go do those things offline....more
Wow. Now if only you could run America's schools like that!!!!more

9 Things Photography Experts Do That You Can Start Doing Today

As an online photography instructor, I'm often asked by amateur photographers some variation of the same question: "How can I take better pictures without breaking the bank on a fancy-shmancy camera?"It's a great question, because I really believe that it's just a matter of training your eye to see things more artistically -- not how much money you spend on your camera gear. (But if your dearest aunt really wants to buy you a pricey, top-of-the-line camera, by all means, encourage her generosity!)...more
AcornOakForest, thanks, and glad to help! Bokeh really is a lot of fun--let me know when you try it!more

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Will Keynote #BlogHer 15! Woot!

We're thrilled to announce today that Ava DuVernay, the award-winning director of Selma, will be the closing keynote speaker at #BlogHer15! Image: © Jens Kalaene/DPA/ZUMA Wire ...more
Wish I was going. I'd love to see her!more

These Everyday #Experts Will Inspire You to Own Your Expertise (VIDEO)

As adults, we know that practice doesn't necessarily make perfect, but it is imperative to mastering a skill. It doesn't matter if it's cycling, cooking, or parenting, we must practice if we want to get better. And, in fact, if we do something long enough — even without a degree — we can become Experts at any number of things. ...more
I'm an expert in social media management and strategy. It's rewarding to see good content fly!more

What Do Bloggers Eat at a Conference?

* BLOG CONFERENCE MEAL OPTIONSWhether You’re Famous, Famished or Already Full (of yourself!)It will be Love At First Bite!   Write!BREAKFAST:Soggy Bloggy LIFE brand cereal w/ homogenized monetized milkPosted Eggs, Edited Over Easy.  Served with Permalink sausage with choice of (depending how your writing is going) Belgium Awfuls or Fancakes, drizzled with Blog Cabin Syrup.ORQuotation Quinoa Quiche with Jumbled, Crumbled, Stumbled-Upon Mumbo Jumbo....more

Being an Expert in Parenting Kids With Disabilities Means Listening, Too

I always avoided American Idol-like reality competitions, because I am a gummi-hearted sort who can't bear to witness mean people publicly humiliating earnest amateurs. ...more
Just to be clear -- autism is not a mental disorder. Many things in the DSM are not mental ...more

How to Sound Like an Authority Figure

We've been talking a lot about #Experts this week: what we mean by the term "expert," how to own your own expertise, and now we're going to discuss sounding like an expert. (Because that is totally part of it. You can be an expert all you want but if you can't communicate what you know, no one else can benefit from all your hard work.)...more
I'm terrible about the qualifiers - "sort of," "kind of," etc... I've been trying to break ...more

Get Excited! Gwyneth Paltrow Is Coming to #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us

Oscar winner. Emmy-winning guest star displaying her vocal chops on Glee. Eternal paparazzi target. Controversial conversation starter. Media mogul?Yes!Gwyneth Paltrow is all of the above, and I am very excited to announce she'll be conducting one of our classic fireside chats at #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us this summer in New York.  ...more
fcummings your bestie!more

What #BlogHer15's 'Experts Among Us' Really Means for You

This year, at our annual conference celebrating women in social media, we are dramatically expanding our mission now that BlogHer is part of the larger SheKnows Media family. This transformation starts with our name and our theme: #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. In 2015, we're dedicating the BlogHer conference to the incredible expertise and inspiration women are delivering to each other every day via social media. ...more
I loved the exercise of identifying expertise for our email signatures! Although I had a head ...more

I wonder....

Having a conversation with friends the other night (okay a Facebook thread/conversation) we realized how horrible we are at taking compliments. It started simply, one friend complimented another. We all added our own accolades to her. She got overwhelmed and immediately put up barriers on why she was not worthy of our compliments. Just about every woman I know repeats this behavior....more
Thanks Dana Hemelt that mean a lot. You are right, just say thank you. I'm working on it I promisemore