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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Mommy Blogging

That Wife Hates Santa

That Wife, of the Powerpoint Wives, refuses to acknowledge Santa in her house. Does it have something to do with being Mormon? Of course not. Is it because she enjoys refusing her son anything that smacks of childhood? No sir. She does it because she is an honest person!

 It’s really important to me that my kids know when I tell them something, it’s what I really believe to be true. And there is no way to get around the fact that because I believe me telling my kid Santa is real is a lie, I thus think you are lying to your child when you tell them Santa lives at the North Pole and will physically come into your home and leave presents one night every year.

Yes folks, the magic of Christmas has nothing to do with Santa, the magic of Christmas is about teaching your kids they can’t dream and wish for anything they want:

There are so many other things I’d love to get into, including what kids learn about money and budgeting from being told they can possibly have anything they put down on a piece of paper, but I’ll save that for next year.

Maybe since “Our friend who isn’t doing Santa said it worked so well in the last area they lived because they were in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood” it would be better if Jenna and her husband moved? Or maybe we should just all put on our lists that Santa should bring That Wife some chill cookies and a glass of maternal instinct.

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Fashion Blogging

Rich Tong Finally Cleans Out His Desk At Tumblr

Rich Tong, one of the many unnecessary employees of tumblr, has finally formally confirmed GOMIBLOG’s blind item: he is leaving tumblr.

After a year of serving as Tumblr’s Fashion Director, I am excited to announce that I’ll be leaving to pursue other independent opportunities.

The fashion community on Tumblr has grown tremendously in just a year, starting with only a handful of industry leaders and quickly expanding to over 200 of the world’s most creative fashion publications, designers, brands, photographers, models and stylists.  Their presence has given way to the most incredible opportunities for this community’s young, emerging talent, and I am ever so thankful for having had the opportunity to work with each and every one of them.

It’s been an extraordinary learning experience working with such a world-class team at Tumblr, and I look forward to all of the amazing developments they have planned for the coming years.

He doesn’t state what these “independent opportunities” are, but since he has barely shown up at the tumblr offices for the last month we assume he’s been busy kissing Nina Garcia’s cheeks hoping for a job at Elle or something.

The main lol in this goodbye post is Rich’s implication that he had any major role in creating good relationships within the fashion industry. He is now famous for pissing off many people by selectively sucking only the teats he deems worthy of his attention. His notorious tumblr Fashion Week stunts have been almost universally panned as publicity fiascos of the lamest order. His blatant pimping and promoting of fashion/style tumblr users who are his personal friends is also no secret.

Tong’s departure is no loss for tumblr or for the fashion community. Perhaps now he will slink back to a web development job where he belongs, and stop trying to be the arbiter of internet fashion. The bigger question is, how will he be able to snag another model girlfriend without the impressive “I can make you famous on tumblr” pick up line?

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Healthy Living Blogging

KERF’s Hard Earned Money Not Going To Waste

Kath Younger™®©, person of no interest, spends her days working out, photographing oatmeal, and sending cease and desist letters while her husband works at their bakery. Yet she somehow managed to find time in her hectic schedule to spend the morning deciding how to spend all that money she makes on her super successful blog:

I spent the morning researching lights for our dining room. We can’t decide between safe, classic, neutral or modern, funky, bold. What we do know is we would like a 16-24” drum shade pendant.

You can’t decide what kind of LAMP SHADE you want? Oh honey, that’s the kind of problem you WANT to have. Apparently she’s “leaning towards” this $400 model from Room and Board, but her other, more economical choices include a $258 green thing, and some $150 grey thing from West Elm.

Thankfully she and her husband are soon taking a break – they will be closing up their less-than-a-year-old business for a week to go on a vacation. She can’t disclose the location because she’s such a celebrity that she worries about privacy and safety. But I’m sure it will give her plenty of time to think about which overpriced shade would best match her dining room decor.

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Lifestyle Blogging Mommy Blogging

Jenna Cole Will Monetize Your Hate

That Wife’s Jenna Cole, attention whore, informed her facebook pals yesterday that she had a “doozy of a post going up” going up today about her kid’s speech therapy or something. And why is she putting up this post, knowing people will give her crap about it? Cold hard cash, my friends.

The stream goes on with Jenna basically admitting that at this point she puts up posts hoping GOMIBLOG will send her traffic, as “I’ve already made enough to buy a site redesign via Poodle AND keep that coat from BP I was planning to return. Monetizing the hate indeed.”  When someone points out that maybe those aren’t the best reasons to write posts, she responds:

[I]n some ways, there is no way I can write about ANYTHING without them freaking out. I try so hard not to read their site, but it’s so addicting to see how dumb they can be…it’s financially savvy of me to try my best to remain genuine (of course) but goad them just enough that I continue to grow and make money off of it. If I have this opportunity right in front of me to benefit, why not take it? In a lot of ways it helps me cope emotionally by enforcing that I have the upper hand.

So there you go. That Wife posts crap to “goad” GOMIBLOG “just enough” so we will post about her and make her some money. What a genuine, lovely woman blogging for all the right reasons. At least now when she is whining and crying about bullies and meanies, folks will know it’s all a bunch of crap – she encourages your outrage so she can make money for clothes and site design, and have “the upper hand”. Stay classy, Jenna.

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