Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fashion Blogging

Kim Baker of Anthroholic Feels The Sting Of Karma

Anthroholic has pretty much disappeared from the internet since the alleged scam she vaguely apologized for,  where she took money for services she later failed to provide. Well now she’s back…

U MAD??

This gem emerged from the comments of GFG post. Thanks to Tonight We Feast, New Year New You and Super Nintendo Chalmers for the screenshot.

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Food Blogging

Gluten-Free Girl Now Joining The Widow Slam

Shauna Ahern, the “Gluten Free Girl“, apparently feels she is being mistreated due to the Widow Donation ruckus. She is using her facebook page to air her hurt feelings and absolve herself of full blame. She even claims she is being singled out for abuse:

Unfortunately, there has been so much nastiness with this. Some of the same people who have attacked me for years, which I wrote about recently, have seem to be spearheading this. It’s bullying.

When asked why the widow keeps insisting she had no knowledge despite all evidence to the contrary, Shauna (who was herself responsible for posting that the widow was months from destitution) replied by saying, in nutshell, that she must be a little out of her mind:

We have been trying not to address it because we wanted to protect Jennie. I don’t know why she is saying this. But I can tell you categorically that she was part of all of this. She and I spoke every day during those first weeks. And if she had ever asked us to stop, we would have stopped. All I know is that grief does wild things to people. We wish her peace.

It seems these people are all throwing each other under the bus and it has come down to who you choose to believe. Since I don’t have any side here, I can tell you what I do know: the facts show clearly that the widow knew what was going on and even promoted it on her facebook and twitter, and made no effort to correct the wild dramatic pleas made by Gluten Free Girl. This Gluten Free Girl seemingly only got involved to up her own profile by playing the angelic savior of the popular widow. And Bloggers Without Borders is run by a bunch of incompetent bloggers with no nonprofit administration or public relations experience.

The food blogger community continues to compare notes on where the blame should lie. The bottom line is none of those involved have any claim to innocence at this point, and it’s pretty clear none of them intend to come clean and make it right. What a great “community”!

EDIT: GFG Shauna has now deleted the facebook entry with her comments. Luckily a GOMIBLOG commenter had already pasted the thread here if you’re interested.

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Fashion Blogging

Jessica Quirk Is Blending In

Jessica Quirk, packing expert, is back from Barcelona. She spent today editing her photos, tossing Gala Darling’s twitter salad, and continuing to beg someone to help her with her tumblr.

True to her claims that she likes to look like everyone else Messica wore this traditional Spanish interpretation of a “Little House On The Prairie” dress that allowed her to mesh seamlessly with the Spanish citizenry.

And of course, stay tuned to her blog where she will be posting all about her trip she will manage one more post about Barcelona with some crappy cliche photos and a paragraph about gratitude and more fawning over Gala. Yep. This is her full time job!

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Mommy Blogging

That Wife Is Going Back To College

Jenna Cole, infamous in the GOMIBLOG Forum as the mother of Bathroom Baby, has now announced that she will be dialing down the blogging while she returns to college:

My big secret?

I’m going back to BYU. Like physically going back to Provo and enrolling as a student again. I’m going to graduate!

In her comments, she explains that Bathroom Baby and her husband will be up in Washington while she lives off campus and attends college for six weeks.

I’ll live off-campus (housing is incredibly easy to find during the summer). TH will work for my dad up in Washington.

But…what about Bathroom Baby? Will she see him at all for 6 weeks?

Unless TH brings him down, I don’t think we will at all. 10 days was tough, 6 weeks will be harder, but I’d rather do this than figure out how to make the classes work online.

Not only is she taking time off from Bathroom Baby, she’s also reducing her blogging:

Until I finish my two online classes, I get two 15 minute increments of That Wife time per day.  This includes uploading photos, writing posts, responding to comments, time on the That Wife facebook page, and responding to emails that I label as That Wife related.  I love blogging, but I need it to take a backseat for a little bit while I work to get school out of the way.

Well at least while she’s off by herself in Provo she can eat all the cheese she wants, right?

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Internets

Nick Denton Wants You To Leave Longer Comments

Nick Denton, overlord of Gawker Media, doesn’t believe a short comment is a worthy comment. Most likely in an effort to stop people from commenting “+1″ and “THIS”, if you post a comment under 35 characters other commenters will not be able to respond to your words of brilliance. Instead they see this:

I’m not sure what this is supposed to solve or prevent. Since people can still just post “+1000″ and “@” the original commenter, I don’t think this new “feature” has done anything but further annoy Gawker readers who are already irritated with the continuing redesign glitches.

Frankly I think the actual story here is that people are apparently still reading Gawker.

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Food Blogging

Widow Donation Scandal Continues To Raise Questions

Five days after the internet began to question the fundraising activities on behalf of Jennifer Perillo, rumors are swirling that despite her protestations of ignorance and innocence she was aware of the fundraiser and even provided information to the campaign.

Jennifer attempted to address the confusion on her own blog but her comments seem to have raised more doubts about her level of culpability:

I had hoped to not have to disclose any of the personal dealings I’ve had with Bloggers without Borders over the last 72 hours. The coordinators no doubt had sincere intentions when launching the Fund for Jennie campaign, but you should be aware that I had no involvement in how the project was presented to the general public.

As you might imagine having lost my husband I was a little busy grieving and caring for our daughters. If you hadn’t noticed I still am grieving, yet choosing to share my experiences in hopes it helps others. To make an accusation against me without asking is a bit unfair, don’t you think?

That said, I am sure this is a question others may be wondering. It is for that reason that I will share with you my own disappointment in the misrepresentation of my financial situation. When the idea of a fundraiser was first mentioned to me, I said repeatedly that I was in no immediate financial need. I said there were many other people suffering far beyond myself.

Still, I was told people wanted to do something, to help me directly in some way, so I said if it made people feel like they could help, donations could be made towards my daughters’ college education. I do not know why the initial post didn’t reflect the reality, but you need to understand that I was not involved and cannot bear any responsibility. Would it have made a difference in the amount raised had the post been written to accurately reflect the fundraiser—that is something I can’t answer. I do know, and agree with you, that people had the right to be better informed

Unfortunately, none of this came to my attention until after the fact. I asked BwoB to donate a portion of the funds to a foundation that helps widows and widowers in true financial need. As of this past week, I even implored them to please donate all the funds to that charity. My request was denied. I was told by their Board of Directors that by law they were legally bound to distribute the funds as the donors had directed. If you contributed, or anyone else who reads this comment donated, you should contact BwoB regarding a refund. I do not know if this possible.

In sharing this information, I will also say that I will not publish any further comments of this nature. My blog is not the place to have this conversation. Any issues with how the fundraiser was presented, is an issue the donors need to discuss with BwoB. I regret having to cast any doubts on BwoB, but my feeling is that if even 1% of the people who donated to the fund feel betrayed, then they deserve a proper explanation.

So it seems her daughters’ college fund account info was available to the Bloggers Without Borders campaign directors, who chose to present the campaign with a word from Shauna of “Gluten Free Girl”:

As you can imagine, Jennie is overwhelmed not only by her grief, and the sudden responsibility of raising two children by herself, but she is also struggling with this financially. She just learned that she cannot collect widow’s benefits from Social Security because she earns too much money each year. The health insurance for her and her kids runs out in December and she just learned that the total she will have to pay will be more than her mortgage. It’s possible she’ll have to pay off the entire mortgage in one lump sum because the apartment was in his name alone.

And more than anything, Mikey wanted Jennie to continue living her dream of being a food writer. And he wanted to make sure his kids were taken care of well. That’s why he worked as hard as he did.”

This fund will help Jennie to do just that: to continue to work and take care of the girls with some peace of mind.

Doubts are being raised as to Jennifer’s actual knowledge about the direction the campaign had decided to go – apparently because despite claiming she was busy grieving with her daughters, her twitter feed was full of proof that she was online and busy informing people of her shopping habits and links to her blog. Many people seem to think at any time she could have addressed the claims of dire need and cleared up any confusion about the exact nature and intended use of the donations, but did not, thus any claims of no fault are ridiculous.

What do you think of all this? Do you blame BWoB simply because Jennifer is a widow, do you have doubts but think it crass to express them because of her recent loss? Or does the whole situation make you question everyone involved? More importantly, how should BWoB handle this situation, since no matter what you think of the widow, they were responsible for the public push for donations?

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Mommy Blogging

Jordan Reid Ready To Give Birth Right After One More Blog Post

Jordan Reid can finally stop reaching for new content: she’s on her way to the hospital to produce the little human guaranteed to provide easy blog fodder for months:

Off we go!
But before we hop in a taxi: I just want to say that the comments and emails – the words of advice and support – I’ve received from so many of you over these past few months have meant the world to me. I feel so ready and so excited to take this next step…and in part, that’s because taking this journey with all of you has helped me to find confidence in myself, and in my ability to become a mother.
Which it looks like I’m about to do. So from the bottom of my heart: thank you.
Wish us luck!
Lots of love,
J

Hopefully it’s the real thing and not a false alarm. We’d hate for her to go another week without a drink.

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Lifestyle Blogging

Mary Rambin Shares The Shocking Facts

Mary Rambin is back to her princess routine. Yesterday she aired some entitled outrage over  something that would be nothing more than an “ugh this sucks” moment for most people.

You are never going to believe what just happened to me.

I’m not going to draw this story out.  The basic facts are shocking enough.

Went to donate a big pile of clothes to Goodwill.

Drove to get coffee three minutes away.

Noticed I didn’t have my purse and realized I left it at Goodwill (under the pile of clothes.)

Returned to Goodwill and asked politely if I had left it there.

They questioned what I was talking about.  I described the bag and they said, “Oh, we thought you were donating it.”

MY PURSE! With my FULL wallet, makeup, sunglasses case, a CLICK bag, coupons, a bag of nuts, pens…

Wait, it gets better.

They CUT UP my ID and credit cards!!!!  Into little tiny pieces!!!!

Within 5 minutes of me leaving my purse they had sorted through the whole thing, trashed a $35 lip gloss and $40 tube of perfume, and cut up my ID and credit cards.  5 minutes!!!!!  Of course the $20 cash that was in my wallet was no where to be found.  It didn’t even occur to them that I might return for all of my personal belongings.

I salvaged most of my stuff from the trash (yuck!) and proceeded to give them a piece of my mind.  I couldn’t control myself.  How stupid can you be?!  But what can be done about it?  Nothing. Unbelievable to me how ignorant and thoughtless people can be.

Anyway, Bank of America gave me a temporary debit card after a full-on identity check so I’m not stranded.  But the ID.  Ugh, that really hurts. Hopefully I can just order one online.

Hope your day is going better than mine.

Um, Mary? You dropped off a donation. They probably assumed you donated the bag. Since Goodwill gets a lot of donations from the families of deceased people, they probably assumed the same thing happened here and followed the protocol of shredding all private property. While this sucks butt is it really worth taking to the internet with a tone of stunned injustice? Calm down woman. People have to replace lost wallet contents every day. This is not the biggest problem you COULD be having in your life. Some people have real problems.

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Lifestyle Blogging

Love Life Lace Says Goodbye To Internets Forever Oh Wait Jay Kay

Last week GOMIBLOG was saddened by the news that Tatiana of Love, Life, Lace – the formerly hilariously weird but recently just sort of cringe inducingly sad blog – was saying goodbye forever to blogging.

And so my dears after being a part of the “blogging world” for over four years I am saying goodbye. It’s been a good run, I’ve met many fantastic people and it’s been a marvelous way to share my thoughts and my life. But I’m not the same girl I was four years ago and I’m not sure it’s serving the same purpose it used to.

There was even what many took as a touching allusion to GOMIBLOG, the little snark site that nurtured and loved her top knotted, technicolor outfitted antics:

And lastly I wanted to address one more thing. To the people who wake up and go to sleep with other people’s blogs (including my own) on their computer, who spend their entire day tracking down our names and waste hours and hours of their time judging us, hating us and laughing at us… May you one day find true happiness. May you respect yourself enough to spend time growing yourself and not watching other people’s lives.

Well it seems “leaving internets forever” means “four days” in Twatiana time. Today she made yet another “last post”:

There was no way I could leave without thanking you. You have truly amazed and touched me to the point of tears with your kind words and outpouring of love. I will always carry your words with me and treasure the kindness you have shown me.

Then there are some Joel Osteen quotes or something. Who cares, really. This woman has had more final tours than the Rolling Stones. It’s like when a child goes “I’m leaving…I’m running away…I’m opening the door…I’m walking out…I’m on the porch…I’m really leaving now…I’m in the yard…” JUST GO ALREADY!  Oh, and in case any of you were waiting by your inbox:

I promise to reply each and every single one of you that sent me emails but due to the large amount I hope you will forgive me if I’m a little slow.

IN CLOSING, I REMAIN POPULAR.

Bye Tatiana, maybe, till you post again, probably!

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Food Blogging

Did Jennifer Perillo Use Her Husband’s Death To Swindle Money?

Jennifer Perillo, a food blogger, recently lost her husband. Given the impression that his death had left her and her two small daughters nearly destitute, the tightly knit food blogging community generously banded together to raise over $60,000 to help support her in her widowhood.

Well it turns out the fundraising group allegedly overstated the extent of her financial need. Commenters on a post about how she’s grieving through food are practically accusing her of fraud:

“I agree that Jennifer does have the right to grieve in her own way, and there’s nothing wrong with traveling or spending her own money how she sees fit.
The problem is that people were led to believe that she and her daughters were in immediate financial crisis.  People donated $70k because it was implied that they were losing their health insurance and their home!  It’s evident from her tweets that she’s not only not in any financial crisis, but that she has plenty of disposable income and is probably much better off than many of the people who donated.  I think it’s morally wrong to trick people into donating money.  She should have returned it to the donors or given it to charity.”

“You’re right… I’ve never walked in her $800 boots. Perhaps she’d like to step out in my $13 Keds? Shauna Ahern told people she was LOSING HER HOME. I wonder how many would have donated to her “fund” if they had known the truth of Ms. Perillo’s financial situation?”

Other commenters are defending the way Jennifer is spending her money and telling those who feel grifted…well, in a nutshell, tough luck:

“If you don’t like the way Jen is spending her money, fine. Don’t like it.  Then you shouldn’t have given her any in the first place. Not that it seems that any of you commenting gave her anything at all.  You just sound furious on principal.  Or perhaps furious out of jealousy.”

We continue to be shocked at how people get money out of people on the internet. There are good, hardworking bloggers (many unemployed – and not by choice) who can’t even manage to afford a box of ramen, and people like Anthroholic and Jennifer allegedly scam thousands out of people who trust them. With people like this supposedly bilking people left and right, no wonder it’s so hard to make money just blogging anymore.

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Fashion Blogging

That Orchid Grey Person Basically Confirms She Got Hired By Modcloth

Orchid Grey, style blogger or something, has been giggling on twitter about her OMG TOP SECRET SECRET, and as predicted in the forums, she’s moving to Pittsburgh:

After a brief hiatus due to a technical difficulty over the weekend I’m back! And with some big news! Remember that top secret news I had last week? Well this is it: Chris and I will be packing up and moving to the city of steel this Friday! I know, super sudden, right? But I assure you it’s for something amazing. I found out a couple of weeks ago, but needed some time to make housing arraignments and wrap my head around the whole thing.

She doesn’t directly confirm GOMIBLOG suspicions that she was hired by Modcloth, and instead continues to do the BIG NEWS OMG tease:

While I can’t tell you exactly what I’ll be doing yet (soon, I promise), I can say an amazing opportunity arose with a company that I adore, an opportunity that could not be turned down.

So for those of you who care, there you go. If she’s going to work for Modcloth I hope she is put in charge of writing copy for their products. They need a lot of help in that department.

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Food Blogging

Mary Rambin Thinks Your Food Tastes Asian

It’s been a while since we checked in on More Than Mary, the (I guess) lifestyle blog of Mary Rambin. I’m constantly on the fence about ole Mare Mare Beach Hair; she’s rather harmless and not on par with a lot of the offensive deebags we discuss here…but once in a while she will post something that makes me go “what the huh?”

For example, her recent review of a restaurant called “Red Medicine”:

The contemporary and casual Hollywood eatery that’s been open for a year is a chic hot spot where the food is better than the clientele. It’s “not Vietnamase,” they say.  All I know is that it tastes Asian and looks like art to me.

As you know, Asia, or “The Orient” as it was called in 1874, has a distinct cuisine that is easily identifiable and comfortably all lumped together. Rice? Asian. Something in a fried roll? Asian. Crispy noodles from a La Choy can? Asian!

Now I’m sure Mare didn’t mean anything offensive by the statement. But with the internet currently in a mood to jump on anything with even a whiff of cultural insensitivity she could be more careful with her wording. Someone, somewhere, will get offended, Mary!

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Internets

Of Course He Did: David Karp Took Off For Paris

Well, tumblr recently got $85 million. As usual Karp started spending that windfall. He already bought himself another toy, so it’s time for Karp to take his girlfriend on yet another trip – this time, to Paris.

They’ve been there three days, let’s pretend for business reasons. Because I know hard working student Rachel’s presence is required whenever Karp conducts tumblr business in foreign locales. But hey, if it’s a vacation they probably saved up money for a year or so and flew coach and are staying in a reasonably priced hotel, right? Of course right!

Tumblr investors: getting their money’s worth since 2009.

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