Designing Woman {Guest Post}

Twenty-two years ago this month, Rwanda was embroiled in a 100-day genocide that resulted in an estimated 800,000 deaths. But once the mayhem subsided, women like Jacqueline Mukacyemayire were able to rise from the ashes. Here’s how: She can sew a dress overnight. I can’t thread a needle. She is self-employed. I work for a […]

Who Created Your Mess?

                      My daughter, nearly two, does a thing. There are many things she does, naturally, but there is this one that I want to talk about today. It relates to her genetics, of course, and her personality, and the fuel (read: lily-white pasta) that she […]

When Banning Busy Isn’t Relevant

I’ve had a super busy two weeks in Europe and the Middle East. The kind of busy that takes my breath away and certainly not the type of busy I regularly live out in my daily life. Interestingly, though, this busy hasn’t left me limp on the floor gasping for some calming essential oils. Instead, […]

Day 7: Money, Money, Money, Money!

{Have you checked out the free 7-day Start Your Blog Challenge? Sign up here.  More than a decade ago, people starting earning full-time livings blogging. Alas, that has not stopped the world from asking every blogger who has ever admitted to blogging if you can actually earn a living with a such a “job”. Job […]

Day 6: Engagement, Engagement, Engagement

  {Have you checked out the free 7-day Start Your Blog Challenge? Sign up here.  So content may be queen, but how do you increase the chances that folks will engage with your content? Here are few tips to ensure that your content is ready to be engaged with. Titles OH HEY. THIS IS A […]

Day 5: Share the Love, You Blogger You

{Have you checked out the free 7-day Start Your Blog Challenge? Sign up here.  It’s Day 5, and it’s all about sharing. In my journey as an early employee at Twitter and as the author of a book about how to use Twitter, I’ve given hundreds of presentations on how to use the platform. One […]

Day 4: Content is Queen, and Other Things Bloggers Know

{Have you checked out the free 7-day Start Your Blog Challenge? Sign up here.  It’s Day 4, which means you’re now an official blogger! Did you get your blogger tattoo yet? Because although I support you 100% with your decision, I’d recommend you keep reading before you finalize that ink. Today’s the day where we […]

Day 3: The Bells and Whistles You Need On Your Blog

  {Have you checked out the free 7-day Start Your Blog Challenge? Sign up here.    Today’s lesson is all about some of the foundational things your blog needs to make it extra awesome before you start typing away with your awesome words. It looks like a long list, but each of these items is […]

How to Have a Hard Conversation

This month I had a couple hard conversations. They were not fun, and not something I looked forward to with great joy. Instead, as the hours ticked down to their kick-off time I was mostly shaking in my flip-flops and desperately trying to distract myself with any and all online nonsense to stop thinking about […]

Day 1: Why You Want to Blog

Today we’re going to talk about WHY you want to blog, and why your WHY matters anyway. But first, let’s get introductions out of the way. I’m Claire Diaz-Ortiz. (AKA @Claire on the twitters.) I’ve been blogging for 11 years. 11 long-short, fast-slow crazy years of change and growth. Let me tell you about that […]