Give Us a Snapshot of Your Life with May's Writing Lab

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kraylfunch You can email me at karen.ballum@sheknows.com. Our FAQs may also be ...more

BlogHer Writing Lab May 2016 Prompts

The theme for May's NaBloPoMo is SNAPSHOT. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in May -- 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!) This month has a visual theme. You can choose to post just the picture, just the story, or do a combination of both. Monday, May 2, 2016 ...more
Moving is the ultimate cleanse.  I am knee deep in piles of stuff.  My other life is on hold to: ...more

5 Things All Big-Traffic Bloggers Do

I wish I could tell you that there is a magical shortcut that will guarantee that you become a better blogger, but anyone who promises you that is scamming you for page views. But just because there is no shortcut doesn't mean that there isn't a direct path, in which doing one, simple thing can improve your writing skills, help you organize your thoughts and bring you more traffic. Lean in close, I'm going to whisper the answer: It's reading blogs. ...more
Very good tips! Sometimes it's easy to feel discouraged when you're first starting out, but I'll ...more

3 Tips From Nonfiction To Make You a Better Writer

I've been reading a lot of nonfiction because I've been writing a lot of nonfiction. I have a two nonfiction books coming out in quick succession, so I've been in a nonfiction frame of mind. ...more
I love these tips! One of my downfalls, I realize, is the lack of headers. Thanks for that!more

Tell Your Story With BlogHer's April Writing Lab

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BlogHer Writing Lab April 2016 Prompts

The theme for April's NaBloPoMo is STORY. If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in April -- 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
aafable It will be up by the 1st of the month.  Sign up for the Writing Lab newsletter, and ...more

April Fools Pregnancy Pranks Aren't Funny

The subject line of the email promised me that the April Fools prank would be "epic." You donate a car and get a kid! Isn't that funny? People will think this business is giving out kids left and right! And to make it even more amusing, donors "can actually choose the kind of kid they want to receive as result of their car donation." Aren't you howling with laughter? ...more
I knew a girl who pulled the pregnancy prank on her boyfriend on April Fool's Day. He promptly ...more

Wentworth Miller Made Me Wonder Whether Memes Are Too Mean

Wentworth Miller brought some sobering thoughts to the meme-posting world today when he explained the reason behind his weight gain after a site showed two pictures of Miller -- one taken when he was filming "Prison Break" and one taken in 2010 after he had put on weight -- accompanied by the caption: "When you break out of prison and find out about McDonal ...more

On Being a Chaser for the U.S. Quidditch Team

25 teams. 525 broomsticks. 75 chasers. 1 golden snitch. Quidditch World Cup. This summer. Frankfurt, Germany. It's on, like Donkey Kong. Okay, maybe that's more like "It's on, like Hermione and Ron." Ooooooh! ...more
stirrupqueen That would be amazing. Alena played quiddich for the 1st time last fall and loved it.more

Twitter is 10 Years Old Today! Send it Some Birthday Wishes

Twitter is all grown up and hitting its tween years today on its 10th anniversary. Happy birthday, Twitter! It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in a BlogHer panel in San Francisco, listening to the speaker tell us about this newfangled site that is sort of like a stream of public instant messages. Or that's how I understood it at the time. ...more
Lavender Luz Hahahaha. That's awesome.more
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