Weeding Out That Blog Comment Spam

Good day! Thank you for reading my most magnificent pleasing thread post! Those two sentences either have you laughing or closing my post before the final exclamation point. Scratching your head? Well, you’re lucky. You must not be familiar with blog comment spam. Hello, Spammers! Goodbye, Spam! I’ve been wading through a fair amount of… Continue reading Weeding Out That Blog Comment Spam

BlogHer 2017 Went A Lot Like My First Marathon

It’s Saturday night, BlogHer 2017’s final hurrah. Some valuable final content may be getting slung. The crowd could be gathered in the giant keynote hall for the wrap-up session, where it’s possible Serena Williams is passing out diamond tennis bracelets and hugs, a panel of publishing houses are handing out book contracts, and everyone’s raising… Continue reading BlogHer 2017 Went A Lot Like My First Marathon

Connecting via Carrie Brownstein

I write constantly. Most of the time, it’s not an actual physical act. I’m writing in my head, addressing this invisible reader who is always with me. The words appear on mental pages, typed, read aloud in my voice. Often, I dream of words. Lying quietly in yoga, it’s these kernels of stories — individual… Continue reading Connecting via Carrie Brownstein

Taking Blog Images to 11

We’ve become an image-driven audience. Take a look at these stats compiled by Business2Community: Instagram, with it’s photo-driven focus, rules over other social media platforms in terms of engagement (58 times more per follower than Facebook, 120 times more than Twitter) Tweets with images received 150 percent more retweets Photo posts account for 87 percent… Continue reading Taking Blog Images to 11

#BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Going to BlogathonATX was like the first day of school — I had my pens all ready, a brand new book for notes, laptop juiced up, phone with social media contact info at hand, and my own “What would you do if you could not fail?” mug ready for extreme coffee action. The day flew by.… Continue reading #BlogathonATX Has Tips, Tools for All

Listen To Your Mother–13 Sisters and the Gift of Being Heard

I grew up with two brothers, so I have no experience with sisters. I don’t know what it’s like to share secrets, fight over closet space, do each other’s nails, play on the same team, gang up on a sibling. My roommate in college didn’t have a sister either, and, like me, had never shared… Continue reading Listen To Your Mother–13 Sisters and the Gift of Being Heard

4 Tips for Editor, Writer Working Success

I grew up with my nose in a book, rereading my favorites over and over again. As a kid, I practically lived in the public library, methodically working my way through the Dewey Decimal System and summer reading lists. My allowance was spent in the mall, not at boutiques but at B. Dalton Bookseller. A black and… Continue reading 4 Tips for Editor, Writer Working Success