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Stealing from Blogs Versus Borrowing

The other day, a friend of mine found out that someone she had done a blog makeover for went and used her code to make over someone else's blog. My friend found out when she checked in on the site she had done only to see "I just did this makeover" posted. She emailed the person and contacted the blog owner and was eventually compensated.



Once I was dropping entrecards and I noticed that one blogger had a post divulging someones contact information. The reason? He had been stealing… Continue

Added by Harriet B on May 28, 2009 at 7:52pm — No Comments

10 tips to get more comments on your blog....

This is for all of you newbies out there. Well, and anyone else who needs a refresher. Feel free to post your tips.



1. Comment on other sites. It's obvious and it works!

2. Join comment groups such as the ones on this site.

3. Participate in daily memes.

4. Sometimes it takes other bloggers time to warm up to you. Keep commenting.

5. Get noticed via networking- here for instance.

6. Ask a question which will inspire answers posted as comments.

7. Start a… Continue

Added by Harriet B on May 22, 2009 at 10:15am — No Comments

Are you addictecd to Facebook? Five Clues to help you determine..

I gotta tell you. I've been addicted to something (Coke Zero, bargains....) and I've worked with those who are addicted to stuff. Everyone is addicted to something.



According to a story that just ran on CNN, there are no statistics on "Facebook addiction" .



Social media addiction, as of now, isn't an actual medical diagnosis.



According to CNN, you know you're a Facebook addict when



1. You lose sleep over Facebook



2. You spend more than an… Continue

Added by Harriet B on April 23, 2009 at 5:59pm — 1 Comment

10 Ways to Get Blog Traffic

Many of us have been tempted to advertise our site in order to get some traffic. Unfortunately, this won't do you much good unless you are willing to spend a lot of money.



The real secret for getting traffic to your site is elbow grease.

Here are some tips.



1. Get involved with MBC by joining groups that can promote your site. There are comment clubs for example.

2. Be sure to include a RSS of your site on your MBC home page.

3. Request friends on… Continue

Added by Harriet B on April 9, 2009 at 10:12am — 2 Comments

The Stages of a Mom Blogger

We've all been through, witnessed, or are going through the stages of being a mommy blogger.



It all starts when sign up with, probably blogger, to start your blog site. You use the basic minima template and upload a sweet picture of you as a mom or of your kids. Days, weeks, maybe even a month or two go by and you have maybe one comment. Are you getting any visits?



So, you either quit blogging and move on to something else or you start clicking through your… Continue

Added by Harriet B on February 17, 2009 at 10:33am — No Comments

The best ways to get quality traffic on your site

The best way to get quality traffic on your site is by networking online.



The best way to get started networking is to join sites like MBC



Don't just join and assume that the traffic will flock to you.



  1. Request friends- start by checking out who the new members are
  2. Reply to discussions and blog posts- make a goal of one or two per visit
  3. Write posts and start discussions
  4. Join groups and participate in them by adding to…
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Added by Harriet B on February 4, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Februray is Blog Luv Month- Please help me



I have had it with rudeness and nonsense comments, so I have declared the February is Blog Luv Month.
Anyone can join me.
Here is how it works.



1. Copy and paste the code to the Blog Luv Button



<a…
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Added by Harriet B on January 29, 2009 at 11:48am — No Comments

Do you practice Random Acts of Kindness?

There has been much said on performing Random Acts of Kindness.

For many of us, we forget to instill performing these deeds in our daily lives.

According to The Random Acts of Kindness site, performing the good deeds may actually be good for us.



Here are a few good reasons;

• Helping contributes to the maintenance of good health, and it can diminish the effect of diseases and disorders serious and…
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Added by Harriet B on January 23, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Do you attempt to prevent obesity in your children?

I just read an article that says that there are more obese Americans than simply overweight.

The difference between the two being that obese is 20% more than the ideal weight.



This is according to the latest statistics from the federal government.

Numbers posted by the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 34 percent of Americans are obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight.Just under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.

"More than…
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Added by Harriet B on January 19, 2009 at 10:28am — No Comments

Are we doing enough to monitor violent video games?

Back in 2007 a teenage boy (15) was playing the game Halo 3 a little more than he needed to. So, his parents took the game away from him.The boy then murdered his mother and wounded his father over it.





A judge ruled that the boy's obsession with the violent video game may have warped his sense of reality.

"I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead…
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Added by Harriet B on January 13, 2009 at 11:02am — No Comments

Are you concerned about lead in clothing?

It's something that most of us never thought about until we heard about new Federal Regulations which almost put an end to resale shops and garage sales.



The regulations go into effect February 10th limit the amount of lead and phthalates -- an additive that's used to make plastics soft -- in toys, clothes and other products for children ages 12 and under. Lead isn't safe at any level in children and can cause lifelong troubles including problems in learning and behavior. Phthalates… Continue

Added by Harriet B on January 9, 2009 at 11:39am — No Comments

Should children be taught how to use a gun?

About a month ago we were shocked to hear a story about an eight year old being charged with the shooting death of his father and another man.



Yesterday in Arizona, coincidentally, the same state as the eight year old, a 12-year-old boy who fatally shot his mother after an argument over his chores was found guilty of premeditated murder.



Prosecutors proved the boy acted intentionally and with premeditation when he shot hos mother eight times on August 1st. Mother and son… Continue

Added by Harriet B on January 3, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

5 Things to Consider Before you use Advertising on Your Site

Let's face it.

You probably will not become a millionaire by blogging.

But, it wouldn't be too bad to pay for a domain name by doing it.



Here are 5 things to keep in mind about advertising on your blog.



1. If your primary intent in blogging is to advertise and make money, don't do it.

Your primary intent for blogging should be to write. When bloggers get focused on the money aspect it is obvious to the readers. Nothing can cheapen your site more or… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 30, 2008 at 12:04pm — 1 Comment

I HATE DIETS! Why do we need resolutions anyway???

Yep, it's that time of year again. You know, after eating, not always the best food items, and drinking, not always the best stuff, it's time to repent for our intake sins.



We always start off in January in a retrospective mode. That is, we are 'actively' mapping out how we are going to change the things in our lives we feel need changing. Usually, that is our diet and finances.



So what goes wrong and makes us have to repeat this January tradition every… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 27, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments

8 Things that Moms are Grateful for During the Holidays

1. We are grateful for those days during winter break when we can get little things done around the house.



2. We are grateful for the tracks of wet/muddy shoes and paw prints that emerge through our entryway.



3. We are grateful for the happiness that we feel from the aroma of an $8 candle.



4. We are grateful for the moments we enjoyed baking cookies despite the fact that we will be dieting them off soon.



5. We are grateful… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 23, 2008 at 9:58am — No Comments

10 Great Ways to Network via MBC

Mom Bloggers Club has turned into one of my favorite sites for networking.

Networking is important on many levels: from simply getting support or advice to promoting a cause.



Here are 10 great ways to use this site to network with others.



1. Make friends by seeking new members or conducting a search for people you may know. Simply click on Members (above) to get started.



2. Join groups that are of interest to you. Click on the groups link above to… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 20, 2008 at 1:56pm — 5 Comments

What are proper E-mail manners?

I just read an article from Real Simple about tech etiquette.



I'm not sure that I've ever seen the do's an don'ts actually written out. It just seems like tech etiquette is just a bunch of unwritten rules concerning what we consider to be the norms. But then again, the tech world is… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 18, 2008 at 5:45pm — 1 Comment

10 Trends in Mom Blogging

Over the past year, I have noticed that mom blogging has evolved. This is great because it means that it is something that we enjoy doing and may keep doing for years to come.



Here are 10 trends that I have noticed in 2008





1. We blog about things besides our family.

2. Random ideas, that you would talk about to your gal pals, are often a blogging topic.

3. We network- Mom Bloggers Club, Facebook, etc.

4. Blogger seems to be the most popular… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 16, 2008 at 11:53am — 9 Comments

MyPyramid for For Kids

This is probably the wrong time to bring this topic up, but, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) has updated their guidelines for kids- as young as 2.



The Dietary Guidelines describe a healthy diet for adults as one that;

Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;

Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts; and

Is low in saturated fats, trans fats,… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 14, 2008 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Weight Gain Can Happen to the Best of US

Here we go again.

The weight gain---loss seesaw.

This time it isn't necessarily our weight with the issues: it's Oprah's.



Seems like it was maybe three diets ago for Oprah, two for me, that she appeared on stage in 1988 lugging around animal fat with a weight equivalent to what she lost. It was 67-pound weight loss and she was wearing a pair of size 10 Calvin Klein jeans. She promised herself to never gain it back.



Been there. Done that.



It's about… Continue

Added by Harriet B on December 9, 2008 at 12:54pm — No Comments

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