Does Your Niche Allow For Debate?

Recently I got a DM (direct message on twitter) from a fellow blogger asking me what to do about the angry comments on her site. The comments ranged from “you are stupid” to quite vulgar. The most remarkable part of it is that she was reviewing a cell phone. The post wasn’t about politics, sex or religion, it was a tech review, and tech reviews don’t often inspire ire. I gave the blogger the same advice I give every mom blogger who asks: Treat your blog like your living room. …

Federated Media Business Practices

I see that many of you are enjoying the post wherein I “out” JackMayhoffer as being a Federated Media Employee. Although I do appreciate that an SVP from Federated Media took the time to apologize on my blog, I do feel a need to let y’all know that this does not appear to be aberrant behavior. At this point it’s important that everyone understand something. My original post, wherein I was trolled by a Federated Media employee did not name Federated Media. That post was about a phone call that …

Tech Talk Tuesday: Linkbait And Trackbacks

Linkbait is when you post to your site, link to someone else, and hope and pray that you get their attention (and even better, their traffic). Bloggers (and many webmasters) try and keep track of their statistics. In the year and a half that I’ve had this blog, I’ve gotten comfortable with my statistics and I can sort of feel the trends. My traffic comes from search and returning readers. A tiny piece of my traffic (less than 3%) comes from links from other sites. Now, you can interpret that …

Tech Talk Tuesday: MeeHive

A few weeks ago I got an email from MeeHive asking me to check out their site. “I would totally love to,” I replied, “but I’m really busy playing tennis and not putting out any quality content.” “OhMyGoodness,” they responded, “you can subscribe to tennis news on MeeHive, and we would love to talk to you about navel gazing.” Well, actually that’s not at all what happened, but it’s my fantasy, so leave me alone. MeeHive is a site where you can take all your blog feeds, all your newspaper …

Why I blog

I know this blog sort of looks like it came out of nowhere. It didn’t. I’m not new to blogging, to social media, to influencing; I’m just newly putting my real name out there. The reason I started blogging was because of gay rights. I’m not gay, I don’t have anyone in my family who is gay, and I don’t have any close gay friends who are still alive. The reason I started blogging is because when my dearest love, my Steven, succumbed to AIDS his life partner of 14 …