Monthly Archives: December 2011

Fashion Blogging

Could The Anthroholic Scam Result In Criminal Charges?

Kim Baker, the blogger formerly known as “Anthroholic”, may eventually have to answer for her behavior.

A source tells us that to their knowledge at least five people have filed complaints with the FBI – not exactly an avalanche of complaints, but our source hopes it is enough to spark at least a cursory investigation:

There was a bit of paperwork involved in filing the complaints so it took us all a while to get it done but it’s done. I don’t know if anyone else has filed but I know the five of us have completed the process…I’ll let you know if anything comes of it but hopefully charges will be brought by the internet crimes bureau.

Despite deleting herself from the intarwebs and issuing an apology (and a few refunds) some in the “Anthro” community feel Kim should be held accountable for her crimes:

I truly believe if she isn’t forced to face what she’s done she will just pop up again and do the same thing.

We will keep you posted on the outcome.

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Internets

Your Internets Christmas Roundup

Happy post-Christmas, people. Hope you’re all making it through your hangovers, returning gifts, hitting the sales, or sitting at work with a heart full of post-holiday relief. I wonder what the internets did to celebrate the day chosen by a panel of men hundreds of years ago in order to make nice with the pagans? Let’s have a look!

Project: Baby did one of their patented “drag the bed out in the forest and pretend we’re in a Paula Cole video” photoshoots:

…and then shared some story about a flesh present:

The first and most incredible Christmas gift came wrapped in human flesh and placed in a manger. 33 years later the gift was opened on the cross, that we could be wrapped in divine love, grace, mercy and hope. The gift of eternal life for all who believe.

KERF was busy flying to the top secret vacation destination she’s been hinting about for months. If anyone cares, that highly hush hush location turned out to be Kokomo, though it looks like even on vacation she doesn’t let loose her grip on her husband’s limes:

That “Miss James” chick from Bleubird Vintage transformed the living room of her home into FAO Schwarz, piling up enough crap for an orphanage for her 3 hipster offspring:

“The home of creative living”, HelloBrit.com, maintained its record of “no seriously, WTF?” by introducing us to Lasagna Christmas Cookies:

Keep it up, Brit! Your site has replaced Jordan Reid for my daily dose of eyeroll.

So while we all pretend to be productive as we wait for New Year’s Eve, why not kill a little time by telling me what effery from your fave internets people got left out of this post.

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Mommy Blogging

Rockstar Diaries Already Showing Off Twee Baby Bump

Taza whoever, queen bee of the twee Mormon mommy blogging brigade (sorry Nat the Fat Rat), ensured at least a week’s worth of gushing fangirl traffic by announcing her next pregnancy via hipsterific Christmas e-card. As you can see above (from the picture she posted the following day) she’s about 5 minutes into her second trimester, so the mommy blogging fanclub can look forward to 5 more months of “I’m having another baby! Two kids under 5 how will I deal with it!” posts.

Meanwhile, how are those of us without perfect/photogenic/sober families spending the holidays?

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Fashion Blogging

Carrots ‘N’ Cake Will Not Share Her Contest With You

Tina Haupert, runs some “Carrots ‘N’ Cake” healthy living blog, recently received an email from the producers of the Dr. Oz show:

So, I bet you’re wondering how this whole thing happened, right? Well, I’m going to tell you. It started on November 15th when I received an email from the producers at The Dr. Oz Show inviting me to submit a recipe to their first ever Healthy Holiday Cookie Challenge.

She allegedly implied this was a personal invitation – except the actual email included in the original post showed otherwise. The email supposedly invited her to submit a holiday cookie recipe, and encouraged her to extend the opportunity to enter the contest to her readers. Instead, she simply submitted herself and left her readers in the dark until she won the contest. Several readers commented about this, so she edited the post to remove the email and deleted several comments calling her out on the matter.

Despite Tina deleting the evidence, commenter Kimberly refused to let the issue die and asked Tina WTF:

How come you never shared this contest with your readers like the original e-mail that you had in this post (I see you’ve edited the post and taken it down) asked you to do? I usually like your blog, but it seems strange that you would go back and edit this post if you feel like there was nothing wrong with what you did.

Tina’s response is a classic blogger ‘sorry you got upset’:

When I wrote my post yesterday, I decided to include the email from the producers as a way to explain how I ended up on the show. I didn’t think anyone would get upset about not being notified of the contest, but readers did, so I edited the post.

Why should you care? Because this is a classic example of bloggers who do not care about their readers. Despite many bloggers trying to do the ”I love my readers, I consider you guys my BFFs!” they are ultimately in it for themselves. And if that bothers the readers, hey just edit the post to hide what you did wrong and make a meh apology, because whatever I’m on tv bidges!

Next time you read about some blogger getting ‘asked’ to participate in some amazing opportunity be sure to remember how many of them actually come by these things – it might have involved an agent or a deception. Considering the fame-seeking, cut throat nature of blogging these days I’m sure this type of thing happens more often than readers know about.

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Fashion Blogging

Man Repeller Gets Engaged, Readers Revolt

Leandra, of that Man Repeller fashion blog, has supposedly spent the last 18 months banking off her schtick as a style rebel who can’t keep a guy because of her weird get ups. Finally on Wednesday she admitted she had been dating a man since summer 2010, and announced that she would now have a new “finger party” addition – Man Repeller code for getting engaged.

She originally had some long, rambling post up about how it all happened, which she deleted and replaced with a shorter version. But as predicted in her original post, the anonymous meanies soon started demanding she explain her behavior of the last year and a half:

Anonymous said…
so you were lying about being single this whole time, obviously.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 9:59 AM

Anonymous said…
ya- love you and your blog, but this post is defending yourself that you’re engaged. Good for you girl! Don’t defend yourself for that. Defend yourself that you’ve been lying to your readers saying you’ve been single, and “that a date put in a cab after dinner” because you wore leather shorts.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 10:03 AM

Anonymous said…
I loved yr blog. So much that I was willing to overlook the rape jokes and the fact that you don’t disclose when you are something you got for free, even though I find that unethical. But lying all this time to your readers by saying that you are single is the last straw. Congratulations and best of luck to you and your fiance but you have lost me as a reader.
DECEMBER 15, 2011 10:52 AM

Anonymous said…
ya it’s fine if she wants to keep her life private, but don’t LIE. You obviously didn’t go on a date in leather shorts who put you in a cab after dinner last month.

And you can still be a man repeller and in a relationship with something like “Good thing it’s already serious, cus my boyfriend said he would break up with me over these studded heels.”
DECEMBER 15, 2011 12:11 PM

I do not follow this Leandra person and I’m not going to go dig through 18 months worth of her wearing newspaper hats and belted Slankets to figure out if she’s actually been passing herself off as some dating impaired single girl. But it’s fairly clear in her original post that she knew this announcement would leave many of her readers feeling betrayed (“Before you jump the gun and start pounding at your keyboard in an anonymous commenter rage…”) so I’m not sure why she announced it at all.

This is an example of how bloggers need to pick a damn lane about what they share on their blog. You can’t pretend to be single for a year and a half under the guise of “personal life is private” and then go announce your engagement because you want to “share things” with your readers. When you use that logic it makes it sound like you either just want to brag about getting engaged, or you are willing to lie in order to keep up the schtick that makes your blog some money. Either way,  you don’t get to act like a defensive little brat about how your fans will react.

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Fashion Blogging

Already Pretty Will Not Let The Sweater Go

Sally McGraw, changing her blog name to already smelly, must really be hurting for shopping money. She’s attempting to save a sweater that stinks so badly even professional cleaners can’t eliminate the stench:

The sweater is a thrift fave, too, but it is on its last few wearings, I fear. I’ve mended several holes already and it is threatening to disintegrate any moment. Also, it seems that no dry cleaner or bottle of Febreze can eradicate its stink. I really do have to try that vodka remedy you’ve all recommended … especially if it can save this sweater from the rag pile.

For a woman who spends as much money as Sally does with her nonstop shopping, you’d think maybe she could let go of a grey cowl neck sweater that smells that bad. It’s not like it’s a vintage Givenchy dress that belonged to Hepburn or something. It’s a grey sweater. I’m pretty sure for maybe 30 bucks she could hop on GAP’s website and replace it if it’s such an essential item in her wardrobe.

I get trying to save money and all but there are limits, people. And just because you got it at a thrift store does not make it a one of a kind piece that must be preserved at all costs. Sometimes it’s ok to donate or toss something when it’s reached the end of its usability. This just makes me wonder how long she tries to use bath towels and underwear.

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Internets

Sarah Lacy Won’t Talk About Her New Project That Everyone Knows About

Sarah Lacy, unemployed, has been spending her maternity leave quitting her job and taking pictures of herself in the bathtub with her baby, while refusing to talk about what her new project will be:

I am busy doing a lot of exciting things. The problem is, I can’t really talk about them because I don’t want to say what my next job is yet.

Too bad it’s already common knowledge that fellow windbag Michael Arrington is using money from his venture capital fund CrunchFund to create a “new tech news site”. Yes that’s right: Sarah’s BFF sold TechCrunch and is using his new VC company to set her up with a new site that is basically TechCrunch.

The neverending Silicon Valley circle jerk continues.

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