Why Do You Get Scared When You See Something Twitter Trending?

Chincoteague was trending. The little beach town where our family has spent its summers since Josh and I got married was trending on Twitter. I couldn't even wait for my computer to open. I Googled the town's name from my phone. I assumed there was a shooting. Barring a shooting, maybe a natural disaster closed the beach. Or a shark attack; there had already been so many strange shark attacks this summer. No, it had to be a shooting. Or a shark attack. Shooting. Shark attack. ...more

Thank You, Mark Zuckerberg, For Using Your Platform to Talk About Miscarriage

Mark Zuckerberg is going to be a father. His wife, Priscilla Chan, is pregnant, and they announced it on Facebook yesterday with the now ubiquitous photo of Priscilla's grinning face and their totally adorable dog. ...more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your August 2015 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more

NaBloPoMo August 2015 Prompts

The theme for August's NaBloPoMo is KNOW. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in August -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

NaBloPoMo August 2015 Blogroll

The theme for August is KNOW! ...more

Tell Us What You Know With August's NaBloPoMo

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

NaBloPoMo August 2015 Badges

The official badge for August 2015 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more

The BlogHer Conference: One Starfish at a Time

This moment defines BlogHer '15 for me. I looked down at my hand and my ring wasn't there. IT WASN'T THERE. I immediately flipped out, tossing everything out of my bag and crawling underneath the table. But here's the thing. No one sat there and watched, but only one person at the table knew me before I sat down with my plate. ...more
I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you. As I said, your blog, your story, and the ...more

6 Ways to Enjoy the Conference if You're Going Alone

Sometimes I go to the annual BlogHer conference with a group of friends, but then there are other years, like this year, when none of my close blogging friends are going. I mean, there will be people I know there, but they have their close friends there that they want to see. I'm flying solo this year, without a wingwoman, and I'm determined to have as good a time as I would have if I had schlepped 20 people with me. But... uh... if you're in the same position as I am... uh... can we stick together? This is how I get through those conferences that I've attended without friends in tow. ...more
JoyPageManuel I'm pretty sure you're married to my second cousin...we may have met years ...more

4 Reasons Why You Need to Drop Your Blog Contact Form

Contact forms are all the rage on blogs, and I'm sure someone else could write a post defending and praising the use of contact forms negating everything I'm about to say. But this is my post, and my post is strictly in the anti-contact form camp. ...more
Wow ... never actually thought of contact forms in the way that you mentioned Mel - but I'm ...more