Denise Tanton

As the Community Manager, I have the most awesome job in the entire world. I get to ...   see full bio

Denise Tanton

As the Community Manager, I have the most awesome job in the entire world.

I get to wander around the internets and read YOUR blog and talk to you all day on Chatter, Twitter and Facebook. I answer a lot of email, too. (You can always reach me at if you have BlogHer related questions, though asking on Chatter is often a wee bit quicker.)
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My partner and I live in the Chicagoland suburbs (which is not the most awesome place in the world to live) with three four three two one of our six kids. (The other five are all grown up and living on their own.) My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, was born on May 15th and lives in Hawaii, which is too darn far away. My partner's mom (and her little dog too) lives with us as well.
We have a very loud cockatiel who we're hoping will move out when the middle child goes to college, a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Poodle mix puppy, a Coonhound/Weimareiner puppy and a Redbone/Collie puppe. Yes, three puppies. And, we have three two three prairie dogs. Yes, prairie dogs. You can follow their exploits at Prairie Dog Digest.
I read a lot, but not as much as my partner does, and the only TV I watch is Survivor. Now if Buffy or Gilmore Girls returned to TV....
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10 Tips To Help You Deal with Difficult Comments

You spent hours writing that blog post. You clicked publish and you couldn't wait until the comments started rolling in. You didn't expect the entire internet to agree with your or give you glowing reviews. You thought it would be really interesting to have a conversation with other people online—people who agreed with you, people who didn't agree with you. But then the comments started coming in, and the interesting and thoughtful discussion you were hoping to have, turned into something else entirely. ...more
Pttyann You're welcome. I hope this was useful to you.  Denise  SheKnows Director of Communitymore

Don't Forget to Do These Vital Things Online Before a Conference

One of the best things about attending a BlogHer event is the connections you make with other attendees.It's also one of the most daunting aspects of attending a BlogHer event, particularly now that content creators come with more than their blogs -- they come with Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts, groups and pages, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube and LinkedIn, too....more
Great advice! I'll definitely put these tips to use before the conference!more

There's More to Life Than Blogging & Social Media

Your blog is wonderful. Social media is wonderful. But sometimes all of that wonderful can become more of a time suck or a distraction than we'd like....more
LorraineAkemann It is indeed! :-)  Denisemore

Great Gift Ideas for Planner Lovers

Take a look at your holiday gift list, does someone on that list love planners? If so, you're one lucky person. ...more
Houseful Of Nicholes Naw, it's helpful info.more

Not Going to #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us? How to Follow Along at Home

I'm so sorry you're not going to be able to attend #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Really, I am. I'm sorry because I know what it's like to NOT be at a BlogHer conference when you really want to be there. ...more
Awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing!!more

How to Set Up Google Analytics to Understand & Grow Your Blog

The thing that makes Google Analytics so awesome can also make it annoying: It offers you SO MUCH DATA! The trick to using Google Analytics to help you grow your blog is to not get bogged down in what you don't need. You can set up personal dashboards to quickly access the data that you do need....more
Denise Thank you for the helpful post. I am new in SEO and also new user on I don't ...more

Understanding Copyright, Creative Commons, and Fair Use

Image: Copyright, Shutterstock. The best part of having a blog is being a part of the greater blog community. And to be a good member of your community, it's important that you don't violate the copyright of other members of your community. ...more
Thank you for this post.  When I first got started doing what I do now, which is blog posting, ...more

I Can't Believe I Have a Dog on Prozac

This is Buster. Buster is a butt. Yes, he's sitting on our dining room table. No, he's not supposed to do that. ...more
I don't have a dog on Prozac, but I do have one with behavior issues. It can be a real challenge ...more

The Greatest Gifts for Grandchildren

My grandson, Johnny Mac Pippin, is 2 1/2 years old now and he still lives very far away. Sigh. My strategy for Christmas gifts for him hasn't changed all that much since I wrote my first Ten Great Gifts for a Grandchild's First Christmas post two years. ago. I'm still working on that darn stocking and I still buy so many gifts that my daughter doesn't know what to do with all of the toys and things that I send. Yes, I'm that kind of grandmother. I can't help it. It's fun! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for this year....more
I've put it on my list for next year. He's a little young right now! - Denisemore

The Best Coloring Books for Grown-Ups

Coloring books for adults are HOT this year, finally, so I'm updating this post with some great new choices for you. Happy coloring! DT (11/20/15)...more
Love me some Rosie Flo!  Great list.more