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Almost a year after SAY Media decided to dump XOJane, The Pratt Pack finally found a new money spout. The footer now says “XOJANE is part of the Time Inc. Style Network”…and what was the first order of business for the new owners?
Yep, staff cleanouts. Seems Emily McCombs, best editor ever, is the first one out the door. In a facebook post she says she was left “hanging for several days” while she worked for free on “good faith”, but Time HR finally called and said there was no position for her at their company.
I asked who was going to run the site and they seemed confused, responding “…Why, because that’s what you do?” They said they have people internally who can handle the various aspects of my job.
Ouch, apply cold water to affected area. Meanwhile the new kid not only kept her job but got the desk right next to Jane herself. I’m sure they’re all super feminist and “above it” but now that XOBFFHEARTEYES has gone corporate I do hope the details about that work environment start spilling out on social media soon. Those stories would certainly be more interesting than anything on XOJane the past year.
YouTube Red starts rolling out today for U.S. residents, and since the announcement a week ago vloggers have been flipping out. In case you aren’t aware of what YouTube Red will entail, here’s a summary.
YouTube Red lets you enjoy videos across all of YouTube without ads, while also letting you save videos to watch offline on your phone or tablet and play videos in the background, all for $9.99 a month.
The main issue for content creators seems to be that if they don’t agree to YouTube’s new terms they might have their videos “hidden from public view on both the ad-supported and ad-free tiers”.
Some vloggers have “partnered” with YouTube and will be available through the subscription model only, so if your favorite vlogger has partnered up to be a “Creator” you’ll have to shell out the ten bucks a month to see their videos. However, YouTube says users will “still be able to enjoy YouTube”, but claims “with YouTube Red, you’ll be able to support the people who make your favorite videos while watching what you want, when you want, on any device you want, uninterrupted.”
Ever wonder what happened to Ghost Bev? Well apparently after her tragic death her poltergeist got a job pushing Younique makeup. She’s got a new facebook and everything! She’s even created Lashes By Beverly to help her on her journey to the top of the lash slinging ladder.
I assume she’d be even more successful if she weren’t deceased, but it’s nice to see Younique embracing such diversity in their employees.
A source says they are doing it to “create closure for the fans”.
Now that I know I can do a passable job putting it in myself, I can have pink hair all the time!
As part of her Mumspringa journey Jenna has been doing the usual radical hair changes and alcohol. The nose stud piercing and Pinteresty feminism tattoos are sure to come next, probably around the time she finally makes HELLO WORLD appear and declares herself the millenial Grace Hopper.
But first she needs to pout about how hard coding is and then lean in to some feminist cookies.
Saint Glennon, of the mystical lap healer tribe of Bloglandia, attended a conference Friday, during which her special powers were called upon.
I spoke at the Momentous Institute conference today–to a room full of mental health professionals…Afterward, this precious reader came over to my table and laid her head in my lap. She was just having a hard time and needed some comfort. We sat like this for the rest of the morning…
This story was accompanied by a picture of Glennon showing that silly Pope Francis how healing is really done.
The moment is being hailed as “beautiful”, “brave”, “kind”, and various other words that do not sound like “did anyone maybe ask this lady if she would like to speak with one of the mental health professionals in attendance”.
In news that shocked pretty much nobody with a brain, Australia’s new Children’s eSafety Commissioner has warned parents that their innocent social media photos of their kids have been found on deep web photo sharing sites.
Tens of millions of photos of children doing everyday activities and posted on popular sites such as Facebook, Kik, and Instagram have been found by investigators looking into complaints about child abuse material online.
The stolen material is organized into groups named things like ”My daughter’s Instagram friends” and ”nice boys play in river”. Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon says ”photos of children originally posted on social media and family blogs account for up to half the material found on some paedophile image-sharing sites”. Susan McLean of Cybersafety Solutions added a final thought.
“If you are a voracious user of social media…If you live your life vicariously through your kids online and you use photo-sharing sites and hashtags, you have to got to understand that that photo is worth something to someone else and it may not be for a purpose you like.”
Jordan Reid, still waiting for that second book to come out, has apparently hooked up with another blogger to start some kind of store. It’s called “glam | camp” and on their rambling, wtf filled About page, they say it’s “the kind of place that you go into hoping to find something for your best friend or your co-worker’s new baby, and then end up kind of wanting to buy everything for yourself”.
You’ve met us before: we’re the proprietors of that store down the alley who talk way too much, telling you stories about how those candles were hand-dipped by a guy who lives in the mountains and sustains himself on nothing but aloe leaves and whiskey, and then ask you to come hang at the cafe down the street and drink some coffee with us because really, we should probably be friends.
Because we all love THAT kind of store, where the owner won’t stfu and just let you pay for your artisan soaps and go home where there are people you actually do want to talk to. Delightful. Anyway the shop is apparently selling cactus stuff and overpriced etsy-esque home stuff and jewelry, including a necklace to repel internet trolls. It’s all very eh merchandise but at least she’s branching out from affiliate linked flooded posts about lip balm and purses. So there’s that.
Here’s a few meh news bits while the internets is being boring.
Camp Patton has set her blog private. It looks like her instagram is still up, and she says she has “shut it down for the time being” and is “just taking some safety precautions, hope to maybe be back one day”.
Fashion blahg fanpoodles are flipping out over Jane Aldridge’s new hair. Since the flaming mop was sort of her signature it will be interesting to see if she remains the recognizable Sea of Shoes icon that shot to pseudofame after going from dirty blonde to red all those years ago.
I assume everyone is out getting PSLs and curating photos of sweater wearing while throwing leaves in the air, because this is all I could dig up for now. Sort of a womp womp start to the week, eh?
Dooce, irrelevant, evidently went to the Problogger event and “told the audience how soul destroying it was to do sponsored posts”. She told people who had paid to come and wanted to hear the “Queen of Mommyblogging” talk about how to monetize a blog that the “only way that you can make money in the States is through sponsored content”. She then proceeded to call writing sponsored posts ”a gruelling experience” and declared personal blogging dead.
While at Problogger, where she complained about doing sponsored posts, she bravely confronted the soul sucking task of posting what appears to be a sponsored Target instagram. She then went home where she faced the gruelling experience of writing a sponsored Target post for her dead personal blog.
Veronica Partridge, the blogger who refuses to inspire lust in men with her yoga pants, is apparently being sued for cutting down some trees. Evidently she bought some property in Oregon, and according to the lawsuit proceeded to chop down six “ancient” juniper trees on someone else’s property in order to get “unobstructed views” of some mountains.
Nash kept about 20 acres of undeveloped land to the west of the property that she sold the Partridges. Some months after closing the sale, however, Nash was visiting her property when she discovered at least six large juniper trees had been cut…The Partridges didn’t ask Nash for permission — and the trees are clearly on Nash’s property, McGean said.
Her blog has now gone private. There is no word on what she was wearing while the trees were cut down.
I am delighted to announce that the reason for the short run of my book is that Radical Self Love has been acquired by Hay House! I am so thrilled to become a member of the esteemed Hay House Family!
Saying “it all happened because I believed in my message enough to do something about it” Gala goes on to offer more plates of woo to her hungry followers by claiming “Whatever you want to do, you can do. Just start. Stop waiting for perfect conditions: there is no such thing!” She then aimed her pink glitter gun at their faces and told them they “can have and do whatever you want” before getting back to selling them classes.
The crux of the charges seems to be that her stepmother noticed “suspicious activity” on her credit report and “suspected” “Shoe Queen” Egreis was responsible. The stepmother filed two reports with the police about her suspicions. The stepmother alleges that at this point, Eggy called her stepmother and said her father had sent her a sex tape of himself and the stepmother, and if the stepmother didn’t drop all the charges, Eggy would release the tape on the internet.
She also apparently made other statements on instagram claiming this was “nothing but retaliation” for her father filing for divorce from her stepmother.