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Tyra to Wear 'Fat' Swimsuit and Slam Critics

by Paula Neal Mooney

TMZ and Juicy-News are reporting Tyra Banks' plan to answer her fat critics by wearing a swimsuit on the Tyra Banks Show tomorrow. Not just any swimsuit, but the self-same swimsuit that paparazzi caught her lolling around the Australian surf wearing looking, as some anorexic-inducing critics claim, so much larger than her Swimsuit Illustrated days.

It's the same one-piece swimsuit that bloggers and writers quickly pounced on and attacked Tyra with headlines like these (and we wonder why supermodels are dying from starving themselves, all the while the new size double-zero is all the rage...just waiting on the minus one, two and three sizes):

"Tyra Banks shows the world why she retired from the runway"

Headlines like that are just rude, crude, and not worth the pixels they are written with. And I for one am glad Tyra is taking …

Why You Should Read Blog Ads

by Paula Neal Mooney

I love my blog's readers. The ones that don't cuss at me, that is. Like Scott Nance over at Life, The Universe...

My e-conversations with Scott have inspired a couple of posts thus far, including the How to Get People to Read Your Blog one. And now here's another. Yesterday Scott unknowingly got me to thinking about the advantages to reading the ads on other people's blogs -- not your own. (Never, ever, blogging newbies, click on your own Google Adsense ads! This could spell doom.)

It helps prevent ad blindness - I was so used to not clicking on the ads displayed on my own blog that I realized I was letting this fear translate to other websites I read daily. Lo and behold I had almost developed a case of ad blindness, an affliction that content writers try hard to cure their customers of, trying all sorts of tricks like placing topical pics near their Google Adsense link ads. (Which, by the by, the jury is still out on whether this is okay or not unde…

Clemson's MLK Day Party

by Paula Neal Mooney has broken a crazy and sad story that other news organizations are picking up on now too: Clemson University's MLK Day Party -- a "theme" party held by a few students.

While some thoughtful Clemson University students were no doubt reflecting on the uplifting speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the most-recent holiday weekend celebrating his life, select students at Clemson University were allegedly throwing an MLK Day Party in his honor...or, dishonor.

Missing seemed to be reverence for the man and how far we as a nation have come with race relations at this Clemson MLK Day party.

In its place were allegedly some of the other things (like forty ounces of beer taped to hands) seen at earlier parties like this one: backsides stuffed with tissue to emulate the ample behinds of black women, gold grills on teeth and not just a man in black face, but in black body!

"It couldn't have been that bad," said one stude…

Toni Braxton Breaks Down and Cries on The View Over Autistic Son

by Paula Neal Mooney

Today was an amazing episode of The View, with the whole show dedicated to issues of autism. Toni Braxton co-hosted with the other women, but she wasn't discussing her latest Las Vegas appearance, nor some scandalous barely-there dress.

Toni Braxton spoke of her youngest son, Diezel, 3, and his recent diagnosis of autism. And like any mother reeling from the shock of an only 4-month-old diagnosis, Toni Braxton broke down and cried when describing the symptoms that clued her in that something was wrong.

"I'm sorry," Toni Braxton wept, dropping her face into her palms. "I get all emotional."

"That's okay," Rosie comforted.

I, too, wept along with Toni Braxton, empathizing with the raw and real pain a parent can feel when coming to the realization that their child might not be "normal" in the eyes of the world.

Thankfully, there were other parents of autistic children on The View that shared how they deal with autistic ch…

Your Posts with the Highest Pageviews -- What Do They Tell You?

by Paula Neal Mooney

Every once and a while it's good to stop blogging like a madperson, take a breather and analyze your stats to see what's worked in the past so that you can duplicate that effort in order to increase your pageviews in the future.

That's what I did this morning when I took a look at my Google Analytics stats (which though it says 7/1/2006, only reflects the top pageviews since I added the tracking code to my blog 2 or 3 months ago...StatCounter reflects a higher count) to see what story my blog posts with the highest number of pageviews had to tell me.

So here's a quick screenshot (big ups to that site that showed me how to hit PrintScreen then paste the screenshot into Microsoft's Paint -- under Accessories -- then save as pic file) and analysis of my top blog posts and what I've learned about getting high pageviews:

1 - Lil Wayne and Baby Kissing Photo…Rapper Admits it is Real - Ah...the infamous Lil Wayne and Baby kissing photo. I didn't …

How Do I Sell My Blog? Getting Cold Hard Cash from Blogging...

by Paula Neal Mooney

Now that my blessed friend Bonnie Calhoun over at Bonnie Writes showed me that my blog value is in fact increasing -- and not stuck on the $24k I thought it was worth -- by encouraging me to click on the "How Much is Your Blog Worth?" doohickey over there to the left in my sidebar, I've been wondering: How do you sell a blog?

(By the way, I had to type in to get the highest value, so try different variations of your correct URL with and without the "http:" in front to get your highest blog value.)

Googling stuff like "sell my blog," "blogs for sale," "sell your blog," and "blog for sale" will get you enough good tips. But I think these BloggerTalk guidelines in this thread is a good start:

1. This forum is for the listing of blogs which are for sale. Not domain names and not normal web sites (with the exception of domains which have the word "blog" in them and sites …

How to Get the 2000 Bloggers on Your Blog

by Paula Neal Mooney

If you've been hanging around the blogosphere lately you already know about a project begun by called the 2000 Bloggers project. Heck, your face may already be pictured below as of the 2000 bloggers!

Mine is. (Bless you, Tino, for the attention!)

Anyhoo, I'd been wondering how to get all these 2000 bloggers on my blog, and thank the Lord I finally figured it out tonight. Since other less technically astute folks might be wondering too, "How do I get the 2000 Bloggers on my blog?", I thought I'd type up this handy-dandy post, after monkeying around and cutting and pasting, here's what I did. Hope it's legal.

Go to (I love how that reminds me of Aslan in Chronicles of Narnia), right click somewhere not on a pic and choose "View Source."

Search for the "Fancy anyone here? Just click on the face and zoom away!" line and select all that HTML code down to the last "http://i118.photobuc…