I've told stories since I was a little girl. I'm thrilled to have fulfilled my lifelong dream of being a published author. At least, I hope that I've come a little way since those tales about my cat and I going into space.
In the essay, "Cosplay, Creation, and Community," I talk about my journey into cosplaying and how that led me to joining the efforts to help found GeekGirlCon. I dive into the ways that cosplaying connected me to the greater geeky community and how it brings people together.
Nominated for a Hugo award.
In "How the Cold War Killed the Fifth Doctor," I look at season 21 of Doctor Who with the Fifth Doctor. Despite his celery-pinned lapel and whimsy, this incarnation of the Doctor suffers from being written during the Cold War and two superpowers with nuclear weapons pointed at each other. I explore how the storylines, and ultimately the Fifth Doctor's death, reflect the real world political theater.
Nominated for a Hugo award.
Featuring "Goodbye Ghosts, No Means No," a short piece of autobiographical fiction where I explore sexual and emotional abuse and the trauma that lasts longer than the sting of a teenage broken heart.
I contributed the autobiographical fiction piece, "The Chemistry of Buttermilk Pancakes," which looks at my family's history with food and my relationship with my now deceased grandmother. I also share my family's recipe for delicious buttermilk pancakes.
Being laid off sucks. One moment you’re working away, and the next, you're being told you’re done. It feels like a breakup.
MozCon's dedication to the representation of women on stage officially kicked off in 2012. Before, it wasn’t that women didn’t speak or weren’t being asked to share their experiences and expertise. It was that, like many conferences out there, without an intentional discussion about gender during speaker selections, we missed the mark by miles.
Got an email asking about how we find main speakers for MozCon. I'm going to answer here instead to help quickly address this in the future. I love programming a conference and other events where we select the speakers vs events where we take pitches.
Last November, Twitter quietly removed share counts. Here are some ideas of what you can do instead to fill that data void.
In crisis and tragedy, we turn to social media, so here's how to make sure your brand responds appropriately and you stay sane.
Ever wondered what it's like to be on stage, under those bright lights, sharing your knowledge? Not sure what it takes to be successful? Landing and preparing for a speaking gig is hard. Here are some tips about how to set goals, be professional, get bookings, and more.
Improve your presentation slide decks with these seven simple tips, including a downloadable checklist you can reference in future projects.
Few businesses need to be on every social media site. This article will help you determine which of the popular sites are most important for your company's marketing efforts.
For customers, it's sometimes easier to tweet a product question than call customer service. Make your customers happier and outrank competitors by aligning customer service and social media.
Defining your brand’s voice isn’t a one step process. It is, however, a crucial element of branding. In a nutshell, brand voice is the pillar for all communications.
Arguably the hardest step of the writing process is putting down those first words and completing a first draft. But what's next?
Everyone loves mobile. For years now, mobile has been the up-and-comer for on-the-go reading and searching. While all types of devices are used to access the web, 47 to 60 percent of email is read on a mobile device.
Email marketing is more than product announcements and discounts. Learn how to research and create outside-the-inbox email marketing campaigns that keep your audience coming back for more.
Part of the draw of sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, anime, and just really good stories has always been the desire to be someone else, to live a life more fantastical, to go on a journey outside ourselves. Cosplay's draw is to bring that dream to life, to put on a costume and pretend to have an aspect of or be that character.
My journey as a community manager started with volunteering. As a small child, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, who were Catholic and who had convictions around serving others in need.
SEO may be a male-dominated industry, but let's step out of our biases and work hard to welcome women, and marketers of all stripes, into our community.
Need to change your social media accounts for a rebrand? Here's how! And don't worry, it's not that scary.
When it comes to social media analytics, engagement is super important. But what does engagement actually mean? And are social media follower counts really important?
MozCon speaker Kyle Rush shares his experiences with the Obama re-election campaign, what he thinks about as an engineer, and why Instagram is his favorite social network.
Nathalie Nahai, the web psychologist, talks about her love of web optimization, favorite social media tools, and the new Star Trek movie.
Conferences can be spendy when you add up ticket costs, travel, hotel, meals, and more. It's important that you can justify a positive ROI when it comes to your budget. Find out the value and costs of your MozCon ticket.
MozCon 2013 speaker, Karen McGrane, talks about her love of mobile design, computer history, and artichokes. Join us to see her speak about "The Mobile Content Mandate" at MozCon.
Wil Reynolds talks about who inspires him, his love of using YouTube to help others, and, of course, Real Company Stuff.
Adriel Sanchez, Sr. Director of Demand Generation at SAP, talks about creativity, serendipity, championing B2B, and what social media campaign he thought deserved more love.
In true technologist fashion, let’s dig a little into some data. In 2010, women earned 57 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, yet only received 18 percent of all computer and information science bachelor’s degrees — down from 37 percent in 1985.
Editing your own writing is the worst part of writing, no matter your profession. In today's Whiteboard Friday, our very own Community Attachè shares her tips for turning the arduous process of editing into something beautiful.
Google+ has crept into SERPs near you. From getting hyper-personalized results popping up everywhere to recommending people to follow or showing you results you've +1'd or posts you've made, Google+ isn't giving you the choice to ignore it. Instead, embrace the win-sparkle of personalization.