What a character at Cassandra Jade in the Realm
Edible Babies? at TalkToYoUniverse - about nicknames
PERSEVERANCE SUCKS at Help! I Need a Publisher!
The Power of Gossip by Sherwood Smith at Book View Cafe - It's not mentioned in this post, but gossip also effective to transmit info without an infodump. Just use it with care, and hint at more than you tell.
7 Things I've Learned So Far, by Olivia Sharpnack (better known as Lydia Sharp) at Guide to Literary Agents - Yay, Lydia! Good advice.
Art, Information, Theft, and Confusion, Part Two by Ursula K. Le Guin at Book View Cafe
Holly Cupala stops by With a TMAS Party/Contest! at Market My Words