Monthly Archives: July 2012

Healthy Living Blogging

KERF Is Super Careful With Her Fetus Except When She’s Not

Kath Younger, reads everything about pregnancy, has been very vocal in telling the internet every single thing that can cause a problem with pregnancy, and making sure we know she is avoiding them. Which is probably why her post featuring her emptying 5 cans of spray paint onto various partical board objects got her readers all riled up.

Comments asked her if, given her anal retentive concern for any and all things that could possibly be bad for Kerfetus, maybe spray painting was sort of dumb. When KERF dismissed such ideas, commenter Jenna summed up the reason for the comments quite nicely:

I am really baffled by your response on this on whole topic. You seem so focused on doing what’s best for your baby, which is why I (and a lot of other readers, I’m sure) cannot understand why you would use spray paint while you’re pregnant.

To which KERF responded “Lets stop the mommy war judgment please”. Because disagreeing with anything a mother said is mommy war judgement, I guess. Anyway, Kath promptly shut down any further commentary on her painting projects by closing the comments.

Seriously, why does she even allow comments? She moderates the heck out of them already, and regularly closes them if she doesn’t like the direction they are going. What’s the point, Kath?

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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Julia Allison Will Finally Shutter NonSociety

Julia Allison, apparently has a show on Bravo!, posted an unpublished interview to her facebook page admitting that “the era of NonSociety has come to an end”. Claiming it “brought in almost half a million  throughout the duration of the site” (which begs the question of why she would shut it down, but ok) she says “my partners and I are finally ready to say goodbye to it”.

Though finally allowing the horizontal crapshow to die the merciful death it has long deserved, Julia refuses to let herself fade into oblivion. In her continuing effort to be famous and relevant, she is going to take her pony show back over to her original site:

I just did the initial redesign of JuliaAllison.com and plan to expand upon it later this year. I’m thinking it will PROBABLY be back to basics blogging, but we’ll see. I am in the midst of writing a book proposal now, so I will also be focusing on that for a while!

Considering everyone and their dog has a book deal these days there’s little doubt she will be handed a pot of money for her mediocre babblings. At least she says she isn’t moving back to New York City, so there’s that to be thankful for.

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Internets

Woman Assaulted, Possibly From Details On Her Blog

Many of you have no doubt heard about the tragic assault on Jenn Gibbons, the woman attempting to raise $150,000 for breast cancer charity by rowing 1,500 miles around Lake Michigan solo. According to the Daily Mail:

Police believe her attacker may have carefully tracked her movement through her blog, waiting until she was vulnerable to strike.

In the early morning hours of July 22, Miss Gibbons was staying along Lake Michigan in Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County.

She said that a man broke into the cabin of her boat and raped her – identifying her by her full name.

‘It was terrifying. He told me he knew where to find me,’ she said.

On to the TL;DR…

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Pinterest Becomes Yet Another Affiliate Link Opportunity For Bloggers

Pinterest, the online replacement for bookmarking stuff you want, is extremely popular with bloggers. And why not? It’s yet another way to use their beloved affiliate links!

Readers are starting to notice that the Pinterest boards of some bloggers are filling up with “shopstyle” and “rstyle” product affiliate links. Atlantic-Pacific’s “wishful thinking” board seems to be the worst offender – it’s basically nothing but things Blair wants, with links via various affiliates so you can help her earn money to buy more crap. But other bloggers like What I Wore,  Ramshackle Glam, A Beautiful Mess, and A Cup of Jo are starting to pin affiliate link items as well.

I know everyone is all for bloggers getting paid, but seriously? They already do sponsored posts, sponsored tweets, run ads. Are bloggers simply unable to do anything online without monetizing it these days?

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Healthy Living Blogging

The Art of Breastfeeding: KERF style

 

Kath, who has been pregnant for forever, is prepping herself for the magical world of breastfeeding by attending classes, reading books, and watching movies. More than the actual child which she will soon produce, Kerf claims that breastfeeding is “the part of motherhood she is most excited about.” In Kerf’s world (which we all know is the only one that matters) breastfeeding represents the “epitome of bonding between mother and baby,” which sets me up to think that the kerfling will be milking the teat well into his childhood.

Fortunately for Kerf she was able to consult a lactation consultant who seems to have gotten her degree from a canine obedience school. Among the many gems of advice which she gave to her students and which Kerf so generously shared with the world, TMI be damned, we can find this precious nugget:

When a baby latches correctly, reward him with “GOOD BABY!” and a happy voice. If he latches incorrectly, respond with a firm “No” and remove him from the breast. Our consultant said she swears babies learn faster this way.

Makes sense to me since we all know that babies are born with language comprehension, so obviously Kerf’s kid will completely understand when Kerf is praising or scolding him. I had always suspected that breastfeeding was just like training a puppy to pee and poo outside and I’m pleased to learn that those tactics can work with newborns as well. Let’s face it, infants don’t immediately understand why they’re hungry or where they get their food from and they don’t care by what method they get it- they just want to be fed whenever they need it, which is apparently all the time. You don’t need to be condescending to your kid just because he lacks the ability to reason yet.

Of course, if Kerf is having problems with the initial latching on she can just apply a little self love to get the action started. Apparently “twisting your nipple to make it harder right before a feed can help the baby find it easier,” which prompts a mental image NO ONE needed on their Monday morning. I might just be one of those people who can’t appreciate the “intimacy of the blog”… And if a little friendly nipple tweak doesn’t do anything for her, Matt can get into the action with his “long and hard” finger, “an excellent soother that actually helps the baby learn proper nursing technique even better.” Good to know. Enjoy your breakfast, all! I really don’t know where we would be without Kerf’s oversharing.

It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. What if Kath is forced to bottle feed? Will she and child still manage to bond? Will the overwhelming desire to drink get in the way of Kerf’s desire to bond with her baby, mouth to teat?  What if the baby doesn’t respond to her training cues and insists on poor latching? So many questions and I don’t doubt we will get to hear all about it. Woe unto thee, kerfetus, if you don’t latch on  for you will face the wrath of Kerf. The pressure’s on!

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Lifestyle Blogging WTF

A Cup Of Jo Poaches Self For Content

Joanna Goddard, of “A Cup of Jo”, is following in the footsteps of Gala Darling and Dooce by recycling old pieces of writing for her site.

Her recent post “What sex feels like to guys” stirred up a commenting tizzy when a commenter asked:

Why didn’t you mention that you wrote this same story in 2009? I don’t think anyone would have cared but now this just seems lazy.

It seems Joanna wrote more or less the exact same piece for Glamour back in 2009. From the original piece:

Have you ever wondered what sex feels like from the guy’s point of view? Well, I was chatting with some guy friends recently, when the conversation turned to sex. And they came up with an awesome description of what sex really feels like to guys. I was SO surprised…

My male friends all agreed that sex from a guy’s point of view is a similar sensation to someone sucking on your big toe…except 1000x better.

“It’s warm, wet and incredibly soft,” explained one guy, when he saw I looked puzzled. “When someone sucks on your toe, it kind of similar, although obviously much less intense. But that’s a good way for women to get a sense of what sex is like for us–and why we love it so much.” All the guys nodded in agreement.

Wow. Weird!

Compare to her recent post:

Recently I heard the weirdest thing…
The other night, I was hanging out with some friends, when the conversation turned to sex.

My guy friends all agreed that sex to a man is a similar sensation to someone sucking on your big toe (x1000).

“It’s warm, wet and incredibly soft, so it’s kind of similar to if someone sucks on your toe…but obviously much more intense,” said my friend M.

Then the girls tried to describe what sex feels like, and the best description was…using a Q-tip (x1000). Right? Kind of?

While not exactly a cut-and-paste of the original, it’s hard to deny that it’s basically the same post, edited and reused. Why do bloggers do this and not acknowledge it’s an old idea they are re-addressing and updating? They have to know their die hard fans will catch it and ask about it. As I’ve said when previous bloggers have done this, “Reference it when you revisit the topic in a new post, don’t just change the date to make it appear new.” Certainly they are your words and you’re free to reuse them to your heart’s content. But why not at least mention that it’s not exactly a fresh new idea or experience?

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Healthy Living Blogging

Issa Will Not Publish Your Pro-Diet Comments

Issa Waters, fat acceptance blogger and alterna-mom, is getting tired of your responses to her anti-diet posts – so much so that she felt the need to post a list of reasons why she isn’t approving your comments:

If your comment talks about how you would have died if you hadn’t lost weight or talks about how you avoided certain diseases or conditions by losing weight, I’m probably not letting your comment through.

And don’t bother with your personal story of weight loss, because she’s just not interested.

I know you’re super-excited about your feat, so much so that you have forgotten the definition of anecdote, but what you’re doing here is just mean. Do you think that somehow your words are going to be the magic advice that make it all make sense to us fat people?

Issa’s response to your “anecdotes” about how you lost weight is to tell you that “you’re boring. Boring as shit. I just don’t care what you eat and how you exercise. I know your story is fascinating to you, but it sounds exactly like everyone else’s story to me.” But it’s not that Issa is just being sensitive; she is looking out for the feelings of overweight readers who should not be subjected to such comments:

To my fat readers: I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard of exercise before. It has also crossed my mind that water is better for me than soda. Sensible eating! Lifestyle change! Finding activities I love! Whole foods! I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but we’ve all heard this stuff, right? I could let these comments through if you’re all dying to be educated, but I have a strong hunch that you’ve been plenty “educated” enough.

Yes, because the number one problem facing people today is over-education about nutrition and exercise. Look, I don’t care if she wants to share her opinion about the diet industry and tell people that they should ignore doctors who say they should lose weight. And again, we are all for size acceptance here on GOMIBLOG. But these bloggers putting up posts ranting about why they aren’t going to listen to you or post your comments is getting a little old. This is the sort of stuff that should just be added to your comment policy, not crafted into some aggressive-defensive diatribe about why reader opinions will not be allowed to see the light of day. We get it, it’s your blog and you will moderate to allow only the comments you want to see. No need to put up these posts, people.

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