Fashion Blogging

Fashion Bloggers Say Vogue Is Bullying Them

Fashion and style bloggers are pooping into their c/o pants today after Vogue editors made some choice remarks about their place in the fashion industry. Vogue Creative Digital Director Sally Singer told them to “Please stop. Find another business” while Vogue.com Fashion News Editor Alessandra Codinha said of the behavior of bloggers during fashion weeks:

Rather than a celebration of any actual style, it seems to be all about turning up, looking ridiculous, posing, twitching in your seat as you check your social media feeds, fleeing, changing, repeating . . . It’s all pretty embarrassing…

Obviously fashion bloggers – excuse me, entrepreneurs – can’t let such a slight by the premier fashion rag go unchallenged. Danielle of We Wore What posted her thoughts in a lengthy instagram caption that opened with a bizarre segue from politics to #supportallwomen stuff:

As I sat with friends watching the debate last night, I felt anxiety about the future of our country…On a more personal level, I woke up this morning to the published commentary of Vogue and Vogue.com editors essentially bullying “bloggers” and I thought, if women can’t even support each other in a female-centric industry, then we really are screwed.

Bryanboy is still ranting about it on twitter, calling it “schoolyard bullying, plain and simple” while that Sea of Shoes chick (who continues to become more unrecognizable the more she screws up her signature hair) fist bumps him in solidarity. Susie Bubble had her own little multi-tweet tantrum that she ended by essentially waving her hand dismissively and posting a “Zoolander” gif.

So. That was fun, if you’re into that sort of weave pulling and eye rolling, I guess.


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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Moldovans Lose Appeal, Andrea Polito Might Be Writing A Book

Neely Moldovan, of Polito v. Moldovan fame, might want to hurry up and decorate that nursery while she still has money left. She and her husband, who last year went viral with their tales of drama concerning wedding photographer Andrea Polito, lost their appeal last month and things seem to be sliding straight into Craptown for the couple. A post by Brian Mullins states:

…Andrea and APP are waiting for a new court date to be set as the Appellate court decision to throw out the motion to dismiss has cleared the way for the lawsuit to proceed. The original cap of $1 million dollars no longer applies and the court can choose to award any monetary amount for punitive damages.

The author says this case should leave people “absolutely gutted that over a misunderstanding of $125, the clients and media felt it was okay to absolutely torch a business” simply to ““settle the score” through the ever elusive “viral” story”.

Andrea Polito is evidently moving on professionally – the post claims she is “finalizing a book which not only talks about what happened and how she dealt with the social shaming, but how she not only kept her head above water during a very difficult time”, and says she has “a few speaking engagements lined up to discuss how social shaming has affected her and how to move forward.”


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Fashion Blogging Internets Lifestyle Blogging Mommy Blogging

Bloggers Left Unpaid As Mode Media Suddenly Shuts Down

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Mode Media, “a publisher for fashion and lifestyle bloggers”, announced it is shutting down.

Brisbane’s Mode Media has abruptly shut down, leaving bloggers unpaid, investors frustrated and rumors swirling in its wake…The company, a publisher of lifestyle sites and operator of an ad network which placed big brands’ campaigns on smaller websites, told investors and employees Thursday that it was closing its doors after failing to find a buyer or line up financing.

Bloggers are naturally furious, most claiming they haven’t been paid and demanding to know wtf happened. They have created a twitter hashtag #ModeOwesBloggers, and started a Facebook group to try and figure out what to do next. One blogger insists it’s not about the money, while saying “it’s the time I spent putting these campaigns together. I invested a lot of my own money into creating the content, all the while thinking, it’s OK because I can put it back into my savings soon…” Another blogger explained why the closing is a blow for bloggers who were tied to the Mode Media ad network.

If you were part of the ad network…you were tied to an exclusivity contract for at least a year and couldn’t be a part of any other networks…which hurts like hell now for some bloggers because not only did Mode close without notice, they were months behind in payment.

There are some who think the closing should come as no suprise – over a month ago Dianna Mullins posted a “Farewell Letter” to Medium hinting at possible problems.

Ego must be put aside. The vision must be for the good of the whole never just for the individual. If competing visions and misalignment occurs at the core level with this team, it is imperative that issues be resolved quickly. The company must come first, even if it means breaking up the entity into smaller parts, to allow each to find its path. Some may succeed, others may fail, but this ensures the entire entity does not fall.

While some panic over what this “might signify for the blogging industry” others are rushing to remind everyone that possible mismanagement at one company does not spell doom for the blog advertising structure as a whole.


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Internets Slow News Day

Tumblr Will Use Affiliate Links In Your Posts

Post-Karp Tumblr continues to slowly morph into The Last Days Of Geocities. They have announced they will now be shoving affiliate links in your posts.

In a couple weeks we’re going to start adding something called “affiliate codes” to links on Tumblr that don’t already have one…What are affiliate codes? Basically, they tell a merchant that a customer came from Tumblr. And if there’s a sale, Tumblr may get a commission for the referral.

They currently allow you to opt out of affiliate links, but critics wonder how long that will last before Tumblr starts forcing users to pay a fee for ‘ad free’ accounts.


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Internets Mommy Blogging

Austrian Teenager Suing Parents Over Baby Pictures Posted On Social Media

An 18 year old woman in Austria is suing her parents for posting “embarrassing” photos of her as a baby and child to their facebook accounts.

They knew no shame and no limit – and didn’t care whether it was a picture of me sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot – every stage was photographed and then made public…

The photos included diaper changes, potty training, and other childhood events. The parents have refused to remove the photos, because the father feels “since he took the photos he has the right to publish the images”.


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Food Blogging

Gluten-Free Girl Is Now Grocery Store Girl

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Shauna Ahern, has gluten problems according to herself, is apparently not making enough money writing books and Kickstarter begging. She has had to lower herself to become…a grocery store person. She made the announcement via a nine grillion word instagram post.

This morning I walked into work at 7 am to see this. Already, the day was good.

This week, I started a new job for the first time in over a decade. I’m working three days a week at the incredible grocery store on Vashon. Why?
I’ve grown weary of the internet being my only workplace. I like it here but I need a break from marketing and shouting and people demanding and mostly the frantic nature of it all. I used to be pretty good at selling books but I’m not built for it. Like our books? I’m thrilled. But doing everything we can to get more followers and sell more books? I’m weary thinking about it now. It doesn’t feel like it’s at the heart of what matters to me in the world.
After I survived the minor stroke last summer, Danny and I talked a lot this year about how much we want to slow down and truly live in our town. I have talked to more people who live on Vashon in the last three days than I had in months.
And two people being self-employed with two small kids? It’s too tenuous. It has been a tough couple of years of up and down, financially, since the exorbitant expense of adoption. Now, I have a solid paycheck. And health insurance for the entire family for $35 a month in union dues. (Bless the unions.) And really, really good health insurance. Need a good job, friends and fellow artists? Work at a grocery store.
Finally, as my dear friend John, who is a painter, convinced me, artists need day jobs. I’m working on a new book — not a cookbook — and I find I have no time to create it when I spend my entire work day answering emails and doing almost-creative work. This is a choice to write.
So, I’m punching a clock for the first time. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it.
gluten-free girl will still go on, probably even stronger. We have dozens of new recipes in the works for the coming months. I’m teaching baking classes all fall. I’m just going back to enjoying it again, instead of feeling like we need to earn all our money from it.
This is my new way to feed people.

Did you read all that? Good. Breathe.


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Internets

Instagram Now Lets The Thirsties Block Comments

Bloggers and Instagram thirsties are making panty pudding over a new feature which allows them to block comments containing certain keywords. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom said in a blog post

[W]e need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment.

Which is awesome in most contexts such as LGBTQ and abortion rights, or ending racism, or preventing schoolkids from being dunked in toilets just for having braces, or even actual sustained targeted instagram harassment. But let’s be honest – in this case it probably means instagram will turn into a neverending episode of “You Can Do Anything!”.

So I guess prepare for instagram to be even more of a circlejerk hugpuddle. Yawn.


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