GoDaddy & Mad Mimi: Why Email Marketing Is Important for Bloggers

Some of you got to meet the folks from GoDaddy at the Expo of BlogHer '14. Today the company announces its acquisition of email marketing start-up Mad Mimi, which was founded by a jazz musiciain who wanted to reach his peeps. We talked to Steven Aldrich of GoDaddy and Gary Levitt of Mad Mimi to find out why email marketing should matter to bloggers....more

College Students Need All The Handy Stuff in This Gift Guide

College! It's time to go to college! Get ready to spend all the money at Target! But after you've gone crazy stocking up on matching comforters, shower caddies and collapsible laundry hampers, think about surprising your favorite student (or yourself) with some of these more original supplies....more

(POLL) How Do You Feel About Community School Supplies?

Over the next month, kids across the country will be headed back to school (and some are even there already, including my fourth-grader). With back-to-school comes back-to-school shopping: for clothes, for shoes and for school supplies. Unlike your kids' sneakers or shirts, crayons are sometimes put into a pile and shared—a practice known as "community school supplies"—and this practice has some parents really mad. ...more
I don't really mind supply sharing as much as I mind the lists I was given for my kids this ...more

5 Ways to Avoid Chub Rub When You Run and Race

Last year, I ran my first half-marathon. This summer, I started training for my next one in November. What does summer running bring on? Chub rub. OW OW OW OW. Whether you're training for a fall race or just trying to avoid the bra/skirt/underwear hell that is 95-degrees-and-humid, I've got some ideas to end your chub once and for all. ...more
I will definitely try the Body Glide. Thanks for this info. I love to wear skirts in the summer, ...more

15 Excellent Answers to "Why Do You Blog?"

"Why do you blog?" or "Why did you start blogging?" are often the first questions asked in any interview with a blogger. They're very different questions, though, aren't they? Whether you've been blogging for months or years, why you started and why you continue may be fundamentally different things. As part of our 10-year anniversary Selfiebration, I scoured the Internet to find out what drives us to keep pressing publish....more
marjo Me, too!more

BlogHer's 10x10 Presenters: 13 Bloggers Who Will Inspire You

The 10x10 Project aims to bring the BlogHer community's reflections on the past ten years and predictions for the future to life online and onsite at BlogHer '14. ...more
SO proud. These is going to be AMAZING. (thank you!)more

What Would Your Life Look Like Now If You Hadn't Started Blogging?

Ten years ago, I was two years out of my graduate writing program and just returning from maternity leave (I came back the week after the fourth of July holiday, come to think of it) to my product management job in corporate America. If I hadn't started blogging on maternity leave, I would not have written anything new in almost a year. ...more
While most sane folks would find my blog topic one to run from, I love it. I love it because ...more

5 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

I took up gardening the year after we moved to my current house, Chateau Travolta. I never suspected myself of being a gardener, but it turns out I get immense pleasure from watching the yearly cycle of rebirth. Also, the flowers make my deck look less weathered. Up until this year, the deer rampant in my neighborhood stayed away from my deck and so I didn't have to take any precautions around my perennials. But this year, THIS YEAR! They ate my buds. And now, it is war. Here are the top five solutions I found in my anti-deer research....more
Yesterday I looked out my window to see that almost all of the buds of my beautiful hostas had ...more

Blogging Goals: Why Blog If Not for Traffic?

Goals: They're good to have. When it comes to blogging, they can be both a blessing and a curse, though. ...more
kvshaw Good for you! Congratulations on your successes!more

I Used to Agree With Ruth Graham That YA Novels Aren't Worth Reading ... and I Write Them

If you've been alive in the United States over the past ten years, you've seen a tremendous mainstream embrace of young adult novels. They've been made into movies, plastered on billboards and, for book wonks, the children/young adult category grew more than 40 percent since last year. It was only going to be so long before the backlash started....more
Bibliomama It's interesting to get your perspective since you worked in a bookstore. Thanks for ...more