If you're not a blogger, you probably don't know that your comments are blogger GOLD. Whether it's because we like to promote discussion or we want to show reader engagement to our sponsors, we love your comments. But there are a few easy-to-fix mistakes bloggers make that get in the way of reader . . .
It started when I was approached for a blog campaign to tout wearing no underpants. That's right: going commando. The post was sponsored by a toilet paper company that wanted to tout the cleaning power of their product. No, I'm not kidding. The idea of blogging about this made me squirm. It . . .
Anyone who blogs has read the zillions of posts chock-full of advice about how to increase readership on your blog. I've read them, too, and have concluded that most of them are full of, well, merde. Pure shizzle. Here is some of the worst blogging advice, ever. In my opinion. You let me know . . .
When I transitioned my blog from Middle-aged Diva to my own website, I didn't name it. To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure WHAT to name it. Naming blogs isn't as easy as you might think. For months before transitioning, I thought about what I aimed to do with my site. I was sure of one thing. It . . .
Admit it. You've clicked on cute dog videos. Or funny cat videos. I know you have. Me, too. But what about the preponderance of video blogs? I just encountered one--it had info I would love to know--but I don't want to sit through 10 minutes. I want to scan written copy, instead. It's faster. . . .
"Pull your dress down, darlin'. We don't show our treasure." I saw that quote the other week and it made me laugh, first because it's so Southern and I spent a good bit of my young adulthood in south. I was even married to a Southern boy, once. Briefly. Very briefly. Does anyone say "darlin' " . . .
Writing a book is...difficult. Authors pour every ounce of their being into a tome--no small amount of blood, sweat and tears are shed--and then it's out, for the world to read. And review. Which brings me to the difficult subject of book reviews. Who among us hasn't been taken in by a dozen . . .
Hello my darlings, it's me again, the Grammar Bitch, here to help set you straight in the new year. It's been a couple years now since I've taught college classes, and I miss the fun of teaching. So I'd like to have some fun right this very minute, okay? We're talking today about word crimes. . . .
The Scene Thousands of women. Annual BlogHer Conference. San Jose, CA. July 24-26. Weather: in the 90s, feels like 104. I COULD write about the BlogHer sessions (largely useless) or about the speakers (eh). I COULD write about the BlogHer giveaways (lots) or the vendors (far, far fewer than . . .
I've been helping a newer writer flesh out an essay idea and as I tried to help him figure out how to approach a new version it occurred to me how little I've examined how I go about doing what I do. In fact, it never occurred to me to even consider it. So when Barbara Wilson Shallue over at Long . . .