Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Andrew Sullivan Announces He Is Leaving Blogland

Andrew Sullivan, awesome blogger, has announced his intention to stop blogging.

[W]hen you write every day for readers for years and years, as I’ve done, there’s not much left to hide. And that’s why, before our annual auto-renewals, I want to let you know I’ve decided to stop blogging in the near future.

Andrew has been blogging for 15 years, which he says is “long enough to do any single job”, and wants to get back to analog life.

…I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again…I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged…I want to spend some real time with my parents, while I still have them, with my husband, who is too often a ‘blog-widow’, my sister and brother, my niece and nephews, and rekindle the friendships that I have simply had to let wither because I’m always tied to the blog.

Andrew pioneered the personal blog paywall two years ago, an idea that was attempted by The Feminist Breeder and Marlboro Woman, as well as others. He concluded by saying “Some things are worth cherishing precisely because they are finite. Things cannot go on for ever”, and said “it is so hard to finish this sentence and publish this post”.

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Mommy Blogging

Kate Tietje Wants You To Stop Blaming Anti-Vaxxers For Diseases

Kate Tietje, mother, is tired of everyone blaming parents who refuse to vaccinate for the return of previously eradicated diseases. In a screed titled “Enough is Enough with Blaming “Anti-Vaxxers””, Kate pulls out the usual argument that not that many people die from these diseases, so what does it matter?

The measles is just not a serious illness for most people.  We also know far, far more about it now than we did 60 years ago, and medical science has advanced quite a lot as well.  We know how to prevent the most serious complications now in most cases.  If we stopped vaccinating, more kids would get measles, and the vast majority with no issues.  We would not see rampant blindness (since vitamin A supplementation is easy to get and inexpensive).

Kate goes on to explain the world “would not see rampant death or encephalitis” and says “If the death rate was really 1 in 5000…and everyone got measles — we could assume about 4 million cases per year — that would be 800 deaths annually.” After telling readers to speak up because anti-vaxxers have a right to be heard, she then puts out a call for people to “report hate pages” that comment on the things anti-vaxxers say, calling it “hate speech” and “bullying”.

She concluded with an Edited to Add, responding to people who called her out for blithely dismissing the 800 possible people who might die.

Plenty of people are upset that I noted that we could see up to 800 measles deaths annually if no one vaccinated.  First, that will never happen — because unlike some people, I believe everyone should have a *choice* in their medical care, and many will choose to vaccinate.

Meaning, I assume, that it’s ok for people to stop vaccinating because they can just rely on the herd immunity of those who DO. Seriously, this sounds like something The Onion would write. Oh wait, they did.

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Internets Mommy Blogging

A Mommy Blogger Reality Show Is The Obvious Next Step

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Now that their niche is being killed off by the rise of softly filtered ‘lifestyle blogging’, mommy bloggers are seeking new ways to stay relevant. Well now they can cling to a last shred of possible fame by applying to join the cast of a mommy blogger reality show.

A major cable television network and an award-winning television production company are on a nationwide search for Mom bloggers to feature on a new docuseries.

The call claims the “ideal candidate should be an active blogger with a big personality and a family who feels comfortable sharing its journey and experiences”, and hopes to cast “a variety of women and capture their everyday lives in a thoughtful and genuine manner”.

I can’t help but think this will be nothing more than “American Blogger: The Series”. I mean, would anyone REALLY watch this besides other mommy bloggers? I guess I just don’t get what would be television worthy about a bunch of middle class sahms posting to instagram all day. But I don’t get Honey Boo Boo either, so sure, why not.

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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Photographer Considering Lawsuit Against Bristling Bride

Andrea Polito, the photographer put on blast by “social media expert” Neely Moldovan over a contract dispute, may be considering legal action. According to a statement her attorney made to NBC 5:

We will seek justice and do what is necessary to protect Andrea, and are in the process of investigating claims for defamation, business disparagement, and tortuous interference.

Her attorney went on to say “Andrea may not ever be able to repair the damage caused by the Moldovans”, and in a formal statement claims “the Moldovans have engaged in a public smear campaign to ruin Andrea Polito’s reputation”.

Neely and Andrew “denied making some online comments that were attributed to them and said someone else wrote them after setting up fake online profiles using their names” and say they never said they hoped the story would ‘go viral’. Andrew stated “Neither of us ever hoped her business is ruined nor do we even want that”. They have apparently hired attorneys of their own.

On Wednesday Andrea informed NBC 5 that she had hired an attorney, saying “The Moldovans’ story and the statements they have made in numerous outlets have caused me great harm, personally and professionally…a follow up story would likely only lead to further coverage of inaccurate and untruthful statements”. She then referred NBC 5 reporters to her attorney.

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Fashion Blogging Mommy Blogging

What I Wore Wants You To Focus On What Mom Needs

Jessica Quirk, had a baby, continues the grand tradition of bloggers who want to remind you of all the things you should do for a new mom. In a post titled “10 Ways To Help A New Mom”, Messica lists her expectations of those around her.

Saying “Gifts for baby are great, but gifts for mom (and dad!) are even better” she goes on to tell potential well-wishers that fresh fruits and veggies are preferable to heat and eat dishes, and basically says thank you notes should never be expected.

She also tells visitors that instead of holding the baby or having a chat, they should perform some chores.

Mom doesn’t need you to hold the baby so she can vacuum or do a load of laundry. She needs you to vacuum and do the laundry so she can hold her baby. Period…Other chores might be to take the trash to the curb, take out the kitty litter, take the dog on a walk, shovel the walk (in the winter), rake leaves (in the fall) or water the plants (in the spring/summer).

Messica’s recommended to-do list for visitors is not limited to those close to the family, either.

If you’re a neighbor you could also help by bringing the newspaper or mail up closer to the front door!

And she includes another reminder to stop hogging the baby when he’s happy, because that’s HER time.

I also remember feeling like Felix would get held during all of his “good” moments and then feeding/changing time would creep up and I’d have to jump in again when I really just wanted to cuddle and spend time with my baby when he wasn’t crying.

Ya know, I get being a new mom is hard, and triply so after a c-section. But Messica has an able bodied husband. It’s not like it’s all going to go to hell unless the entire neighborhood drops what they’re doing and mows the lawn. And bring the mail up to the door??? Does she live out on Rural Route BFE where the mailbox is a mile walk each way or something? Why can’t her husband bring the mail in?

And seriously, demanding people only bring you food items that help you adhere to your Whole 30 Paleo Whatever is kind of entitled. Maybe Old Widow Soandso brings new moms c/o noodle caboodle because that’s what people did in her day. Is it so hard to smile, say thank you, let someone hold the new life for a few minutes, toss the offending casserole when they leave, and just say later that it was delicious whether you ate a bite or not?

It’s like bloggers expect to be excused of all basic manners and courtesy for others because they reproduced. Cmon son. Get a grip.

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Internets WTF

Neely Moldovan Will Allegedly Trash Talk Your Business

Neely, the most special snowflake to ever go unjustly ignored in the blizzard of blogland, has apparently spent the past week slamming her wedding photographer all over creation. Taking her ‘story’ straight to NBC, Neelykins got herself interviewed for that thar real teevee.

Though the photographer, Andrea Polito, responded to requests from NBC describing the situation and offering proof in her defense, media outlets around the country went with the “wronged bride” angle. This of course caused thousands of people to pile on Andrea as some kind of wedding dream destroyer – even taking to her Yelp page to post AIDS jokes – while Neely allegedly went around liking commentary from her supporters (Update: Neely now claims this was not her and must have been an impersonator).

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Finally Andrea posted a response on her own blog in an attempt to slow the persecution, stating there are emails which prove Neely’s claims false.

The story you are not hearing is that it was only last week when the bride claimed to realize that, per our contract, welcome packet, and emails, she would not get her wedding images until her album was completed. This conflicts with the numerous emails in which we clearly reiterated what is stated in the contract…

After a few days the tide began to turn in Andrea’s favor. Suddenly Neely did a 180 on trash talking people.

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Neely had also posted tweets and instagrams about ‘justice’ being ‘served’, now all suddenly deleted after whispers of a lawsuit began going around. But she did of course post a nice Everyone’s Just Jealous quote to replace the removed ones, because that’s how bloggers cope.

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Lifestyle Blogging WTF

Bleubird Knows How To Acknowledge MLK Day

James, the Bleubird blogger behind Mothermag, recently went on a comped vacation at a Mississippi poverty theme park/hotel thing. Seriously, I’m not sure what else to call it. It’s literally old sharecropper shacks sitting by a cotton field, where white hipsters can go play Huckleberry Finn for a few days. Thankfully James and co. were duly respectful of the place’s history and didn’t carry on like a bunch of imperialists come to frolic among the savages. Oh wait.

When we arrived to The Shacks (yes, shacks. That is what they are called because they are literally shacks)…We stayed in “The Rich House”, which is their biggest accommodation…The next morning we explored the cotton field next to our house…

The James clan thoughtfully contemplated their surroundings, the scene of so much past poverty and despair.

We spent the afternoon with our friends and their families, flying kites with the kids and playing in the cotton field. That night everyone gathered at our house and cooked a giant feast…

They spent the evening in their big shack, probably the former home of a brutally poor tenant farmer, gorging on “the most incredible pulled pork, sweet mashed potatoes, corn bread, roasted this and that, salad, and more”. Afterwards, they hopped into the GMC Yukon they were given free, to review, and headed home to their white house, to sleep on their clean white beds.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, everyone!

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Fashion Blogging

Already Pretty Would Like You To Be Her Personal Army

Sally, pretty frumpy, self-published her book a while back. Apparently her amazing advice failed to impress some readers and they left less than Care Bear Stare quality comments – which is of course not something Sally will not tolerate.  Blaming “internet haters” for the negative feedback, Sally posted to Facebook begging her friends and family to help her take care of the issue.

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Sal’s no stranger to attempting to game the internet in her favor – a few years ago she was asking readers to click her ads and stop reading her site through rss readers in order to increase her ad stats. I guess she finally caught on that such shady tactics are frowned upon, because the Facebook plea has been set to private.

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Mommy Blogging

Mommy Esq. Will Wax Her Kindergartner

Mommy, Esq., recently had a “Girls Day” with her 5 year old daughter. They did all the normal things you do on a mommy-and-me day.

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Now you hams know I’m not the judging type, but who on earth takes a 5 year old in for a brow wax? Is that what happened here? I am so confused. Is this normal?

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Food Blogging

Jewish Dinners Are Awkward For Taralynn

Taralynn, wants a cafe, went on an omgdatenight recently. She ordered tomato soup, because that’s what a true foodie does when they go to a nice restaurant. Her boyfriend ordered the lamb. This apparently triggered some sort of memory for Taralynn, involving someone named Ira.

The last time I had lamb was a couple years ago in the Hamptons. I was baby sitting Ira Rennert’s grandchildren. We were sitting outside on their beachfront dining area and all of a sudden they start praying in hebrew and a violist is playing next to me. I can’t tell you how awkward it was, but the lamb was good.

When commenters informed her she needs “to start choosing your words better”, Taralynn responded “I don’t know why you’re trying to argue with me” because she totally didn’t mean anything bad. She then took her feelings to twitter.

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Coming from someone who apparently intends to go to law school, my only reaction is “lol ok then”.

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Mommy Blogging

Aubrey Nelson Demonstrates Medical Emergency Manners

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Aubrey Nelson, traumatized mother, spent Saturday taking pictures of her son. Not normal pictures of a child at the park, or playing, or messily eating ravioli – pictures of him having his busted chin stitched up.

I know this is ‘a thing‘ for these mommy grammers, but it looks like homegirl is right up in the middle of the doctors while they try to attend to her child. Maybe go read a Redbook in the waiting room if you’re too traumatized to be of any real use beyond shoving phones in his face?

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Internets The Golden Hammys

The 2015 GOMI Awards Voting Has Begun

Head over to the official voting page to see the final categories and nominees. Commenting is closed on the voting page, but you can head over to the Members Only forum thread to discuss your picks or who you think should have been included, or comment here on this post.

Happy voting!

Edit: I have enabled comments on the voting page per hamcat suggestion.

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Lifestyle Blogging

Cecily Kellogg Continues To Use Your Artwork

CecilyK, renowned creative, posted a picture of her artistic talents yesterday.

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Her fb pals immediately began splooshing themselves over her amazing work. Except it wasn’t her work. It was a copy of someone else’s work. Apparently the image was reported, forcing poor Cess to remove the image and issue a statement.

So I pulled a dick move last night. I shared a painting I did and several people liked it…and I was so happy with it I neglected a big truth: I am NOT the original artist…the image was reported (as it should have been) and I am absolutely furious at myself. I forget, sometimes, how big my following is and that by mimicking another artist’s work I’m being an asshole.

Yes, Cecily forgot she is super famous and that maybe some people in her audience might know she is passing other things off as her things. I mean, this is her excuse? How many times is she going to do this? Her reputation is going to hell in a ham basket with every new piece of filched art she posts.

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