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Why I Live-Tweeted My Daughter’s Birth

A funny thing happened on the fourth of April. I woke up, pregnant, and had a good day. Some work, some play, some rest. In close to a month I’d be having a baby, and I was settling into that stretch of pregnancy where you are uncomfortably large and eager for it all to be behind you. At night, I went to bed. A few hours later, I woke up to find that my water had broken. Since I didn’t really know what that meant, I had to Google to see if … [Continue Reading...]

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Be More Productive By Hitting the Mark

My pal Erik Fisher of the Beyond the To-do List podcast (see my recent interview with him here), has a great new book out called Hit the Mark that's all about one of my most favorite topics: Productivity. {Yes, I'm the biggest productivity hack you'll ever meet. And no, that doesn't mean I'm that amazing at it. But it does mean I read endlessly about the topic;) Erik's new book has an interesting take on theme, and definitely worth a good … [Continue Reading...]

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Elite Blog Academy: An In-Depth Review of A New Blogging Course

I get tons of questions about blogging, so I'm always happy when I can check out blogging courses to see what I think of them and if I think readers would like and learn from them. Recently I told you about Ruth Soukup and her new course, Elite Blogging Academy. In this review, I'll lay out what I think more in-depth about the course. Who it's for, who it's maybe not for, and why I care. Hopefully, this will help some of you think about if … [Continue Reading...]

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How to Make 2015 Not Suck #goals

As part of my morning quiet time, I've been reading a book on goal-setting from Danielle Laporte. So far, I'm loving it. This morning, in the book, Danielle suggested that the entire month of December should be wiped off the map in terms of work. In other words, no one should work in December. I laughed. And then I agreed. There's a lot to do in December. The holidays. The family stuff. The shopping. All that food. And then there's the … [Continue Reading...]

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The Podcasting Tools You Need to Win

In the New Year, I'll be doing some rebranding on my Podcast, and doing so also means getting the best tools to do the job. After chatting with some folks for recommendations (including Erik Fisher, who interviewed me for his podcast, Beyond the To-Do List last month), I've come up with the best of … [Continue...]

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Stop Yelling At People On Twitter (Social Media Pet Peeve #8)

I've been doing a series of social media pet peeve videos, and today here's another installment, this time urging you to stop yelling at people on Twitter. By yelling, of course, I mean sniping, snarking, and engaging in destructive online arguments with for all to see. Have you done that before? … [Continue...]

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Me (In 3 Minutes or Less)

This week I'm excited to announce my new column over at Babble.com, entitled The Business of Being a Woman. I've long admired the fun, classy, light-hearted Moms over at Babble, and it's fun to be writing for them. The first post, "All About Me (In Three Minutes or Less)", went live, and, as … [Continue...]

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More Reasons to Stop Talking About Yourself on Social Media

Last week, I shared a social media pet peeve with you: Talking about yourself too much on social media. It's easy to want to share when great things happen to you, but if you want to keep your followers interested in what you have to say, you have to mix that up with a generous dose of talking about … [Continue...]

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Why You Need to Stop Talking About Yourself On Social Media (Video)

I've got another installment of my Social Media Pet Peeve video series today, and this time I'm talking about why you need to stop talking about yourself on social media. Self-promotion on social media is a tricky business, and finding the right balance between tooting your own horn, tooting the … [Continue...]

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How to Use Doodle to Coordinate Schedules

My girlfriends and I are in the midst of planning our annual reunion, and once again we're using a nifty tool called Doodle to schedule it. Doodle is one of those cool little planning things I take for granted ever since I was introduced to it, but I realized recently that not a lot of people know … [Continue...]

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Five Reasons to Be a Night Owl

When I wrote my recent popular post, Five Reasons to Be A Morning Person, I could not have envisioned I would then go ahead and write the exact opposite article a week later. But alas, my mother had other ideas. When she received my newsletter in her email inbox (you have signed up, haven't you?) … [Continue...]

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Social Media Pet Peeve #5: Telling Inside Jokes

Here's another installment of my Social Media Pet Peeves video series. This time I'm talking Inside Jokes. Why you tell them on social media, why you shouldn't, and what all those non-"insiders" think when you do. In short? Don't do it. Online or off.   … [Continue...]

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Six Things Silicon Valley Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs

I recently wrote a piece for Fast Company (and the new Skoll World Forum website) about the Six Things Silicon Valley Can Teach Social Entrepreneurs. If you're a social entrepreneur, or you work in a fast-paced technology environment like Silicon Valley, these might ring … [Continue...]