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The number of visitors to our blog is on the rise as are the number of our social media followers and our email list subscribers. We recently received two readers choice awards and just six months ago, we were voted Best Local Blogger by readers of the Pittsburgh City Paper. You find value in what […]

How Do You Stay Informed About LGBTQ Issues? #AMPLIFY

Dialogue swirling about ‘fake news’ and the impact it has on our very real lives We ask each AMPLIFY contributor to tell us how they keep abreast on these matters. As you might expect, each person gave us a unique response. But we dived into the data and did a little light sorting to tease […]

8 Facebook Tips for (Very) Small Business Owners

I’m helping a small business owner whose Facebook page was hijacked by a disgruntled former employee. A few things I’d like to share with other small business owners – useful mostly if you don’t have a strong working knowledge of Facebook and a very small team (no marketing person.) 1. Social media is an asset, […]

Nine Pennsylvania LGBTQ Blogs You Should Follow

We don’t maintain a traditional blogroll on this here site. Have you seen the right column? It is packed with information – its the proverbial junk drawer in this kitchen. So every once in awhile, I like to post about queer and trans blogs your should know about. In no particular order The Feminization of […]

Of Art, Death and Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol grave

I was in a bit of a funk earlier today – not really down, just a little out of sorts. The phone rang and I saw that it was my friend Kerry Kennedy, proprietor of K.S. Kennedy Distinctive Floral, and he had a very unusual request – would I come along to help him deliver […]

Being Unfriended on Facebook Without Drama. It Can Happen.

Facebook Unfriending

Earlier this fall, I was poking around Facebook when I realized that I had not read any status updates from a certain person whom I’ll refer to as Glenn. We aren’t tight or really actual friends who hang out in real life – friendly colleagues is a fair description. I respect their work, their values […]

Bill Toland Invented the Burghosphere, But I Just Owned It

Burghosphere

Why do you blog? ~ Daily Prompt Sunday was the launch of the first ever ‘Best of the Burghosphere‘ awards.  25 bloggers created unique award categories for their colleagues. We ended up with 27 awards because of some duplication errors on my part during the organizing, but no one objected. And we’ll celebrate with two […]

Being Seen While Creating Art for Change!

Laura Dunhoff Sue Kerr

Here’s a cute anecdote. Way back in 2004, Ledcat and I attended a gala event for the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force thanks to complimentary tickets. We don’t normally attend gala anything because they are way out of our budget range. So we toodled down to the O’Reilly Theater and were mingling with the fine folks […]

The Tweet Seats – Celebrating Bricolage Urban Scrawl

Bricolage

I was quite thrilled and honored to be one of two local twitter users invited to live-tweet an upcoming fundraiser for Bricolage as an extension of their “tweet seats” initiative. While many theater companies include social media in their media plans, few do so for fundraisers. This is an innovative approach to community engagement and […]