How BlogHer Took My Fizzled Out Post to 21,000+ Views

As I am writing this post, my other post is the most popular on  This is a post that had barely ignited and then fizzled on my own site, but was featured by BlogHer and took on a life of its own. This is definitely a testament to the power of BlogHer. It drives me nuts when people share stories about increased traffic, shares, or going viral with no stats, so I am going to lay it all out for you here, and you can judge for yourself. ...more
Grow It Girl Melissa Ford stirrupqueen I don't think anyone knows. It's all just conjecture ...more

My Husband’s Talent: Burping Curse Words

Originally Published on Pecked To Death By Chickens...more

Playrooms Are For Parents, Not Kids

Originally Published On Pecked To Death By ChickensMy family recently moved, and one of my must-haves for the rental house was a playroom.  My reasons were very selfless and practical.  For instance, I wanted to....more

5 Tips For Writing A Traffic-Inducing Teaser Post

Originally Published on Beyond Your BlogWhat is a teaser post and why would I want to write one?A teaser post is a post on your blog, that redirects the reader to another site.  The idea is that when you have your work featured on another site, you can write a short post on your own blog to send readers to the place where your work has been featured....more


Originally Published on Beyond Your BlogWhen I first started submitting my writing to other websites to be featured, my goal was mainly just feeding my own ego and gaining bragging rights.  While I still contend that these are perfectly good reasons to do it, I learned along the way that there are a lot of other benefits to submitting writing for publication on other websites....more
Yes I agree with your all points. When we write on other sites, it gives us a lot of exposure ...more


Originally pubmished on Beyond Your BlogSubmitting your writing for consideration on websites is not usually a high interaction activity, however, it still calls for a certain etiquette.  While not always necessary in getting your writing accepted, blog submission etiquette goes a long way with editors, and could definitely earn you some brownie points with certain publications!...more

8 Reasons Little Girls Make Great FBI Recruits

I own a boy and a girl and am often asked how old they are.  My answer is “She’s 4, going on 34, and he’s 3 going on 1”.This accelerated maturity seems to be the case for many of the other little girls I’ve observed.  After careful evaluation of their specific behaviors, I’ve deduced that The FBI and other intelligence agencies may want to start recruiting little girls, in order to take full advantage of their optimal skill sets....more

Beyond Your Blog Podcast 004: Rita Arens - Deputy Editor, BlogHer

Originally Published on Beyond Your BlogBlogHer is one of those sites that so many bloggers have benefitted from, and visit on a daily basis.  I hear lots of questions from bloggers about how they can get involved and get the most out of BlogHer, so today we are focusing on posting, being featured, and being syndicated on BlogHer.  What are the differences and how can you make all three happen for your writing?...more
I loved this podcast.  Thanks Susan and Rita!more

My Husband’s Split Personality: Dr. Jekyll and Corporate Guy

Originally Published On: Pecked To Death By ChickensMy husband works at home most of the time, but does commute to a big tall building about twice a week to attend lots of important meetings and business lunches.  For this excursion, he transforms into someone who shaves, carries an access badge, and wears a button down shirt — freshly pressed by me of course.  (Alright, I put it in the dryer on high, with a wet wash cloth, after having left it damp and wrinkling for 3 days.)...more

11 Ways to Organize Your Playroom for Moms Who Hate Toys, Playing, and Pinterest

If you’re looking for a color coordinated wall of bins, or a toy bin label printable, you've come to the wrong place. I buy my bins at Walmart, and I don’t actually know what a printable is or why we would call it that. Isn't anything on your computer screen technically printable? Anyway…...more
CRAP TO THROW OUT WHEN KIDS NAP is my favorite. Great job -more