After a bit of a hiatus, I reactivated my online dating account in July. I got lots of messages in those first few weeks, but only one person stood out to me as someone I might like to meet in person. Ryan* and I messaged back and forth a few times and then he suggested we meet for a drink. To make the arrangements, we switched to email and that’s how I learned his full name. Armed with that information, I did what I almost always do in advance of a first date — Google the person to make sure he’s not wanted by the FBI, a convicted rapist, or a Christian rock musician. Ryan* was none of these things, thank goodness, but I did stumble upon some other unsavory information during my research: his political views — which he expressed on an occasionally used Twitter account and in conversations with a couple friends on his Google Buzz page — were vastly different from mine. Things I believe strongly in, he believed strongly against and so forth. Clearly, I needed to cancel this date immediately. Keep reading »
Fashion blogger Sara Zucker is a woman on a mission — for both great grilled cheese AND incredible fashion. Zucker runs her eponymous blog SaraZucker.com, which has been featured in Lucky magazine, she’s written for a slew of great style publications, and she was kind enough to talk to The Frisky about some of her favorite inspirations right now.
“It’s all about the men in my life,” she tells us. “That is, the men that inspire my wardrobe choices on a daily basis. I’d like to think of myself as a fairly strong, independent, single woman, but it has to be said that my personal style is all about the testosterone. Think wide-brimmed hats, fatigue, neutrals, clean lines and no frills. So who are these men that play such a huge part in my life?”
After the jump, Sara’s top five fashion man-spirations. Keep reading »
The Sartorialist is chock-full of impossibly cool and beautiful people looking impossibly cool and beautiful, and we’ve often wondered just what it takes to get noticed by Sartorialist blogger Scott Schuman’s discerning eye. Wonder no more: this handy and hilarious chart offers up a surefire way to get noticed, and photographed, by the world’s coolest style blogger. Check it out after the jump. [I Love Charts] Keep reading »
Ever wondered what France might taste like? Or Japan? Well, thanks to Jen over at Tiny Urban Kitchen you can now discover the flavors of the world. Jen’s created a series of pizza flags detailing her travels around the globe–everywhere from Canada to Taiwan to Italy and Sweden. Jen’s pizzas are as pretty as they are tasty. [Tiny Urban Kitchen] Keep reading »
I have a weird confession to make, but I suspect I am not alone. I read blogs written by people I don’t like. I can think of two blogs written by people I don’t like that I read daily — dare I say, almost obsessively. And I can think of two more blogs that I read once a week, also written by people I don’t like. Keep reading »
It’s the age-old story. Boy meets girl. Boy marries girl and has two kids with her. Girl starts a blog. Boy starts a blog.
Boy and girl get divorced. Boy and girl join together to write a blog about what it’s like to be divorced parents living within walking distance of one another in New York City and trying to keep their kids off the psych ward. Keep reading »
In a new post, “The Older Child,” blogger Heather Armstrong, better known as Dooce, seems to suggest that her eldest daughter no longer wants her mother to blog about her, at least not without her permission. Which begs the question: Should so-called “mommy bloggers” be able to blog about their kids without their kids’ permission? Keep reading »
There are real downsides to writing about your life on the internet. For one thing, “sharing” — in the form of your deepest feelings or the most benign observations — starts to become a knee-jerk reaction every time something happens. A particularly awesome development on “Lost”? Tweet your reaction during the commercial break. Feeling inexplicably sad because the person you have a crush on doesn’t seem to give a s**t? Tweet “FMLFMLFML” and then pen a blog post about it the next day. Eventually you realize that your internal filter — the part of you that says, “I think I am going to keep this to myself” — has switched off. That’s what’s happened to me. Keep reading »
Writing about one’s personal life on the internet for a living is a tricky thing. We Frisky staffers, for example, have each had to decide for ourselves how much of our private lives and personal thoughts we’re willing to put out there and to set boundaries accordingly. I, for one, decided long ago that certain things that were off-limits here on The Frisky and on my personal blog, City Wendy (or anywhere else, for that matter).
I stay away from intimate revelations about my family, my husband, and my husband’s family. If I’m inspired by friends’ personal experiences, I check with them first before I write about them, and then I’m always careful to give them pseudonyms and avoid providing details that may “out” them. I won’t write (much) about my sex life and I’d never consider writing about anyone I care about in a way that might embarrass them or jeopardize their jobs or other personal relationships …
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Once upon a time, weblogs were weird websites written by a few nerdy types. Now, blogs are everywhere. They’ve gone mainstream. People actually get paid to blog for a living. There are pros and cons to blogging-for-dollars. On the up side, you get to do something you love, in many cases you get to work from home, and you get the pleasure of seeing your ideas, interests, and opinions out there in a matter of minutes for everyone to read. On the down side, a job is a job is a job, working at home can get lonely, and the drive to keep up with the blogging Joneses can get stressful. Still, we think the pros far outweigh the cons. Here are a few basic steps you can take if being a pro blogger is the position of which you dream. Keep reading »