Why the U.S. Needs Paid Parental Leave

Did you know?The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a mandate for paid parental leave. In the U.S., we get approximately 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, with most employers offering no paternity leave. Take at look at this infographic for a comparison of the U.S. to other countries. Many other countries have paid paternity and maternity leave, and most have an even longer than 12 weeks paid maternity leave. We’re at a disadvantage in the United States because we have put an extreme amount of value in “success”, which puts an inordinate amount of pressure on families who feel like they have…

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Tips on Writing: Keep Your Content

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” ― Neil Gaiman For the more experienced blogger, or an author-blogger, tips on writing good content aren’t as useful as tips for simply keeping or finding content. There isn’t much more frustrating than sitting down to write about the idea you had yesterday and can’t remember anymore. Here are three ways that I avoid this scenario: 1. Schedule Facebook posts Sometimes I get in a marketing mood and…

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Well-Written Wednesday: Tips on Writing a Review Post

(New here? For more information about growing your blog revenue and the goals of “Well-Written Wednesday”, see here.) This week’s tips on writing come from Jaymie at Snacks for Max. Jaymie is a social media publicist for Author Solutions, and she has one toddler son. Jaymie’s uses her blog primarily to review children’s books.    

Well-Written Wednesday: Tips on Writing featuring Jill from “Baby Rabies”

(New here? For tips on growing your blog revenue and the goals of “Well-Written Wednesday” see here.) The following tips on writing are inspired by this post written by Jill at Baby Rabies. Jill is the mother of two, and her blog is “the place where [she goes] into entirely too much detail about what happens when Baby Fever becomes Baby Rabies. Seriously, it’s really all too much information.”  

Well-Written Wednesday: Tips on Writing a Giveaway Post

(New here? For more information regarding growing your blog revenue and the goals of “Well-Written Wednesday”, see here.) Today’s tips on writing come from a post by Jayne. Jayne writes the blog The Naptown Organizer. She is a wife, mama of a toddler, speech language pathologist, blogger, and soon to be mama of two in December.  Jayne blogs about her trek as a crunchy mama through parenting, any and everything granola, and a life more organized. Jayne also blogs for TheBump.com and Milan Maternity. The giveaway post is a difficult one to write. You typically already have an engaged audience, but making…

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Well-Written Wednesday: Featuring Bridgette Gallagher (Tips on Writing)

  (New here? For more information about growing your blog and the goals of Well-Written Wednesday, see here.) This week’s tips on writing come from a post written by Bridgette Gallagher. Bridgette is an English Teacher by day and Mommy by night. Shortcut Girl is her meditations of making life easier, one shortcut at a time. She lives in an old fixer upper in Saratoga Springs, NY where she is Mom to Parker, 2 and Celia, 1. She writes the blog Shortcut Girl where she posts primarily rants and raves, tips for looking good, and insightful pieces on parenting.

Well-Written Wednesday: Featuring Jamie Wright (Tips on Writing)

(New here? For more information regarding growing your blog revenue and the goals of Well-Written Wednesday, see here.)  This week’s tips on writing come from Jamie Wright of The Very Worst Missionary. Because she has articulated it so exceptionally well, I’m going to send you here to find out more about her.

Your Favorite Bloggers on Using Twitter

There was a piece in Bloomberg Businessweek a few weeks ago about our favorite brand actors. Remember the Dell Dude? He and his comrades in one-brand commercial acting have found themselves out of acting work once their brand is through with them. While some of the actors interviewed indicated that they’d moved on to other careers, our favorite Dell lover is unemployed entirely. These actors throw themselves into one brand, and we (the viewers in the American public) can no longer take them seriously in any other role. I’ve done this with Twitter. I see that little bird as being…

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Well-Written Wednesday: “Growing Your Blog” from Melissa at Growing Up Geeky

For information on how to improve your blog revenue and the goals of Well-Written Wednesday, check here. This week’s tips on writing come from Melissa, a type-A former mathlete who is married to an oboe and video game playing organic chemist. She is the mother of two little girls and she blogs at Growing up Geeky, where she prefaces her stories on parenting with the idea that “when it comes to being cool, [her] kids won’t have a prayer”. Melissa’s blog is currently #2 on Top Baby Blogs, but last week she was #1. If you like this post, vote for her. 

Well-Written Wednesday: “Revision Fatigue” by Nathan Bransford (Tips on Writing)

For information on how to improve your blog revenue and the goals of Well-Written Wednesday, check here. Today’s post is from Nathan Bransford, the author of the Jacob Wonderbar books. Remember a few months ago when I was looking for a boy alternative for the Romona Quimby books? I found the answer in Nathan’s Jacob Wonderbar – wholesome, adventurous, and fun. Nathan was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and is now the social media manager at CNET. He also writes one of my favorite blog series called “This Week in Books” which has provided me with inspiration for 90% of the…

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