#AMPLIFY LGBTQ Families, 29 Parents Share Their Experiences

Blogging for LGBTQ Families Day

For the past 18 months, I have been collecting Q&A responses from LGBTQ folks with ties to Western Pennsylvania. The project is called #AMPLIFY and we plan to continue seeking Q&A contributions through the end of 2017. Participants are 18+, identify as part of the LGBTQ community and have ties to Western Pennsylvania. We ask […]

The Art of Blogging – Celebrate the ‘Burghosphere’ at Most Wanted Fine Art

Best of the burghosphere

At the beginning of the month, local bloggers nominated their peers for various honors in outstanding blogging achievements. Please join those bloggers and the community to celebrate this amazing community known as the blogosphere or the ‘Burghosphere’ at two upcoming events. Friday, November 20 is a 21+ celebration from 7-10 PM featuring complimentary adult beverages, […]

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 […]

Good Grief! Joe Wos Won a Blog Award

  If I was asked to define what makes a blog great, I would respond that it is both content and layout/design. Nothing is more important than solid content. You want to engage your readers and keep them returning. Content is key. But layout and design matter as well. You don’t have to use a […]

Best of the Burghosphere: ‘lil Burghers is the Blog Most Likely to Practice What They Preach

Note: Ledcat stepped in to present lil burghers with their award after a little mishap with the original assignment. but if anyone understands last-minute changes at bat, it is the blogger with four kids including infant twins ~ Sue I’ve been watching preparation for the ‘Best of the Burghosphere’ from the sidelines for a few […]

Happy Ninth Blogiversary!

I remember sitting in our attic at my PC thinking “What should I say?” immediately followed by “Who will read it?” And then I wrote this first blog post. As we head into our tenth year of Corresponding all things LGBTQ Pittsburgh, I’m sort of amazed that I’ve lasted this long. Not the concept, but […]

Blogging Pittsburgh Opera

The Pittsburgh Opera Building

I pretty much always assumed that I would hate opera. I did not like many musicals – very much disliked Cats for example. I preferred dialogue to singing and I’m not a fan of the higher octaves as I was exposed to them at local Catholic churches in painful ways for most of my young […]

The Reasons I’m Just a Blogger

Live Blogging

The NaBloPoMo prompt for today is a good theme to consider “Do you consider yourself a “professional” blogger? Why or why not? What does that mean to you?” In short, no. I am just a blogger, not a professional. After nine years, I’m not an amateur either. I’m just a regular, plain old blogger. The […]

Queer Identity and Blogging as an Art Form

pittsburgh pride

In response to yesterday’s post, Jenna left a very thoughtful comment. Just because someone doesn’t blog solely about LGBTQ issues doesn’t mean you’re the only LGBTQ blogger in Western PA (or Eastern Ohio, where I now live). Lots of us use our social media streams as great forms of sharing and connecting. Many of us […]

Please Don’t Call Me A Writer

Pittsburgh Lesbian

I was not a kid who kept a journal or scribbled or longed to be a reporter. I was not a particularly strong writer until I started the graduate program in political philosophy at LSU where I was required to write – constantly. I was also required to read some pretty amazing writing. Somehow that […]