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TTC Communities In Uproar Over Kirbywillow Scam

PCOS and TTC online community members were apparently hit hard this week when one of their own, known as “kirbywillow”, became ill, requiring lung surgery and then lapsing into a coma. Her ‘warrior sisters’ stepped up, starting hashtag after hashtag urging each other to pray for Kirby. Reports came that Kirby was battling ‘broken heart syndrome‘ which is supposed to be a real thing. She apparently came out of her coma briefly. But alas news came Monday that Kirby had died.

Unfortunately for Kirby her IRL friends evidently didn’t get the ‘I’m Dead On The Internet’ memo and began responding to inquiries of where to send flowers and baked goods with a weird bit of news.

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That’s right – “kirbywillow” allegedly just “needed to get off social media”. Rather than saying “hey guys I need a break” and locking things up for a while, she created an elaborate tale of sudden failing health – and then she Ghost Bev’d.

People are now venting their anger in piles of instagram posts that “kirby” will presumably never see and probably doesn’t give a crap about, what with being internet dead and all. I just don’t see how this self created fan fiction spinning and instagram updating was easier than saying ‘hey dawgs, adios for a while, the kirbmeister needs a break’ and locking things down for a month. But I guess that doesn’t get you much attention, does it?

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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Travel Bloggers Confess Their Instagram Is Mostly Lies

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Claire and Laura, apparently twins who blog about travel, have put up a post explaining their aspiration filled travelgram is a reality that “doesn’t exist”. Saying “it’s time to set the record straight…and suggest that in reality, Instagram means living a lie”, the twins listed all the reasons you need to stop assuming they are wealthy globetrotters just because that’s what they suggest on their social media.

Saying their lives have been “pretty messy this year and it’s been far from a series of glamorous holidays and care-free travels”, they nevertheless continued posting breathtaking travel photos because obviously real life can’t be allowed to “get in the way of that ‘i’m so carefree and happy’ attitude that dominates Instagram.”

And though their blog and gram portray a fabulous life full of expensive looking, glamour soaked travel, the twins assure us they “work full-time and juggle mortgages with fairly concerning shopping addictions” and promise their lives are “far from glamorous, wealthy or perfect”.

Moral of this post? Remember, when you see that photo of a beautiful beach, we’re probably loading it up as we clean the toilet or are lying in bed trying to wake up. Reality bites.

So basically they are no better than Zilla? I guess I’m just super confused as to the point of this post. I mean…thanks for the honesty, but if bloggers want to portray an expensive looking fabulous lifestyle on the intarwebs it seems a bit disingenuous to get all defensive when people come to the conclusion that they are, indeed, living an expensive and fabulous lifestyle. If you don’t want strangers to assume your curated life is your real life then maybe don’t show strangers only a curated life?

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Hey Natalie Jean Is Moving Back To Idaho

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Hey Natalie Jean, has a loft in Brooklyn, is apparently leaving Brooklyn.

Moscow.
The Holbrooks are moving back to Moscow, Idaho.
BECAUSE THAT IS JUST HOW THE UNIVERSE LIKES TO PLAY ME

In a totally believable statement she claims she is “giddy with excitement” right after opining that “Brooklyn I am not done with you!…Tub? Are you going to sit there and let this happen?” Natalie goes on to say she is “soooo getting chickens this time” and “a goat!!!!!!!”

Since about 95% of her online persona/identity is wrapped up in her omgbrooklynloft and being a Brooklyn hipster creative I look forward to seeing what persona she takes on after her move.

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Fashion Blogging Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Bloggers Rush To Snapchat As Monetization Begins

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ShopStyle recently announced a “Snap Hub” in an attempt to help bloggers monetize their Snapchat posts, and suddenly everyone is joining the social media platform because money. Some, like Love Taza, don’t seem 100% into it yet; Naomi announced her account by saying she is “trying [it] out for a little while although I’m still not totally sold on it all”. But fashion bloggers are already starting to sign up and shove snapstyle affiliate linking onto their followers, directing them to the ShopStyle hubs to “shop my look”.

There is no word on whether RewardStyle – the affiliate link behemoth that helped turn instagram into a liketoknowit link graveyard – is working on a similar program. Maybe now that Periscope is picking up speed RS may skip Snapchat altogether and go for monetization of live streaming video. Because everyone knows every social media platform ever anywhere must be monetized, and it’s all about who provides that capability first.

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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Gala Darling Announces Separation

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Gala Darling, author of (what she calls) the “best-selling book” ‘Radical Self Love‘, has announced the end of her four year marriage.

After 4 years of marriage, my husband and I have decided to go our separate ways. While Mike (and Dolly) have moved out, we are still extremely close friends and will continue to work together on my site, as we have been doing the whole time we’ve been together. We’re both excited to move onwards and upwards, and I’m so thankful that we have been able to end things amicably and with a lot of love.

Speculation about the status of her union began over a week ago.

It seems another one of her projects may also be coming to and end: the ‘Blogcademy‘. A few days ago she announced the last two classes in San Francisco and New York City, adding “these will probably be our last American classes ever”. She said there might be one last class in “London, probably… But that might be it!”

Gala has been busy recently jetting around the world on what, in hindsight, appears to be some sort of ‘Sex And The City post-breakup getaway to Mexico’ trip. No word on what new projects she has in the works. We assume she is currently creating vision boards and practicing gratitude.

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Healthy Living Blogging Internets

Belle Gibson Goes On 60 Minutes, Claims “I’ve Been Really Transparent”

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The schaden-fraud that is the saga of Belle Gibson, cancer faker, now continues on 60 minutes. Gibson gave an interview to the news show which will air this coming Sunday. Why do this? Is it because she wanted to issue an apology? Confess her sins? Nope, it’s because she reportedly got paid upwards of $45,000 dollars for the interview.

Saying “I’m not trying to get away with anything” and “I’ve lost everything”, Gibson’s voice and face remained carefully controlled. Others are not so self-contained – the 60 Minutes facebook post is filling up with comments full of outrage that a cancer faker is being possibly being paid to continue her pity party on television. Nine Network, which will be airing the show, responded to the anger by saying “we suggest they hold their judgment until they see the interview Tara Brown has done”.

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Mama Laughlin Ghosts Herself After Cabogate

Last week the Mama Laughlin bikini train came to an abrupt stop when someone on instagram began accusing her of sleeping with their husband – and it got nasty.

Screenshot of the accusations.

Screenshot of some of the accusations.

The account “championsincabo” has since disappeared but had posted several pictures with various claims, and used the now familiar hashtag takeover method to get the word out. The attack went on for several days apparently, and when asked why they were doing this, the account owner replied “because she f[***]ed my husband. That’s why.”

Mama Laughlin then set her instagram account private – and rapidly began deleting her entire feed. Her account now shows no profile pic and 0 posts, and is still set to private. She has not addressed the attack on her facebook or blog, and there are conflicting rumors as to what is going on with her “Club ML” subscriber only facebook group.

The accusations seem to center on the private sexual activities of Mama Laughlin, a grown woman of legal age of consent, before her divorce, causing many to speculate that “championsincabo” could be anyone from her ex-husband to a disgusted fangirl to the spouse of another man to another woman who jealously wanted the trainer herself.

This is by far the worst example of a hashtag takeover I’ve personally seen, with the most dramatic outcome. But some are saying all is not lost, and that this is the perfect time for ML to rebrand and really start over with a new focus as a true diet and fitness blogger rather than a ‘mom who lost weight’ blogger. Until Mama Laughlin issues a statement it’s hard to know what actually happened or what her plans are, though.

Note: This post was edited to correct a statement that it may have been her trainer’s wife. Apparently her trainer is unmarried.
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Internets Lifestyle Blogging

Cary Randolph Finally Married

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Cary Randolph, getting married in the Hamptons, got married in the Hamptons about an hour ago. Evidently she and her non-Kennedy husband are now at the reception dancing to totes ironic music.

Congratulations, Cary! You got married before 30, just like you always wanted. Sorry nobody bought you that $700 gravy boat though.

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Internets Mommy Blogging

Matt Walsh Thinks Caitlyn Jenner Pic Is A “Monstrosity”

Matt Walsh, still talking for some reason, has pronounced Bruce Jenner’s transformation into Caitlyn an “insult to women”. First, he calls Caitlyn’s Vanity Fair cover a “horrifying” “fiction”.

Indeed, everyone is treating a disturbing Photoshopped picture of a mentally disordered grandfather dressed up as a college girl like it’s mankind’s greatest achievement since spaceflight. Once again, there is a virtually unanimous public agreement that “transgender” people like Bruce Jenner are heroes and saints and and messiahs, and should be worshiped…The truth is, I get so sickened and infuriated by this kind of madness…

He then gadded over to another blog to post another 45 million words about how women should be personally offended by the whole thing. Saying “Bruce Jenner is not a woman in any sense or to any extent”, Matt called the sight “tragic” and thinks “It’s just wrong. Disgusting, frankly.” He then tries to tell feminists that ““transgenderism” is a direct assault on their entire worldview” and claims transgenderism and feminism “cannot coexist”.

You know what else cannot coexist? “Matt Walsh” and “Not Being a Clickbait Douchelord”.

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Internets Mommy Blogging WTF

The Feminist Breeder Will Dox People

Gina, aka The Feminist Breeder, troll hunter, has spent the past two years rooting out “trolls” in her “community”. Last week, in her ongoing effort to control access to her amazing world, she informed all subscribers they must provide links to personal social media accounts so she can verify their identity. Apparently at least one subscriber decided to peace out rather than give Gina her information, and cancelled her subscription. Gina promptly disabled her account, at which point the user asked Paypal for a refund since she had already paid for the month, and she still had two weeks left from that payment.

And then everything went straight to crazytown. Gina took to the google machine and dug up everything she could about the person, based on information provided by the user during the Paypal transaction. And then she posted that information on her Facebook page.

Her point evidently not made, she then took to twitter to call out the user. Gina then made the ultimate feminist move – she tried to get the user’s husband involved in handling his woman.

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Gina is claiming the woman has been “stalking me for FIVE years”, and published a post to her blog asking readers for support. The alleged “stalker” “troll” has now responded with a post of her own telling her side of the story.

Yes, I subscribed to her lame ass blog. I’ll admit that. But aside from occasionally snarking her on BBTFB, and asking PayPal for a prorated refund. I NEVER. AND I mean NEVER. interacted in any way with this crazy pants…Apparently, The Feminist Breeder, safely behind her paywall, shared as much of my personal information as she possibly could…she basically doxes, or shares as much of my personal info with as many strangers as possible…

With both sides screaming “TOS violation” and “stalking” it’s hard to sort out precisely what’s going on, but if you’re bored today this should give you some WTFery to rabbit hole into.

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RewardStyle Queen Is Baking A Princess

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Today in nothing’s sacred news, Amber Venz Box, the coppertopped overlord of RewardStyle, has announced she has a little liketoknowit in the oven. She and her husband Baxter Box are expecting a daughter this fall. Obviously the woman who invented Put A Monetize On It! couldn’t just throw up a twee post with some baby shoes or something – she put up a credit filled announcement party post.

I am elated to finally share some news with you that Baxter and I have been keeping secret for the last few months: WE ARE EXPECTING A BABY GIRL! Little B.B. will be joining us this fall!

The post included a giveaway for readers complete with yay follow 2 different instagrams and also tag a mommy you know, and a whole bunch of legal contest rules. Why just say ‘guess what, I had sex with Bento Box’ when you can contest sponsor the crap out of it, right? No word yet on whether there will be custom Baby Box shoes in which to attend the Rockstud Rodeo, but I’m sure that kid will be kitted out better than a Honda in a Fast/Furious movie.

Aw ok snark over, I’ve had some (all the) wine tonight and I’m a bit soft, so congrats to the obviously happy couple. Good luck little Baby Box and Amberlamps – and hooray for wannabe fashionable mommy bloggers! Something tells me a whole new world of affiliate cash is about to open up to you.

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Oh Joy Has Some Advice About Starting A Business

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Joy Cho, who co-founded the womp womp known as Pippit alongside pals Josh and Naomi Davis of Love Taza, would like to share some advice with you would-be entrepreneurs.

Business with a friend, a close personal friend, is usually not a great idea…it usually makes it such that something goes wrong…either one person is way more into it than another, either people have different needs…I’ve seen it tear friendships…

Joy advises people to “really assess the friendship first”, “make sure you each have very clear roles”, and “make sure both people are really into it.”

When you’re the one into it and you’re putting your whole mind your whole passion…everything into it…you have more room to grow when you’re not limited by another person…

Coming less than a month after the announcement that Pippit has been discontinued, it does make one go ‘Hmmmmmm…’

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New Instagram Attempts To Get Around ‘liketoknow.it’

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Apparently a new instagram account appeared the other day. Its purpose seems to be providing sources to items featured by bloggers using the ‘liketoknow.it‘ affiliate link system. The account is called ‘whereubuyit‘ and bloggers are already pissed at this circumvention of their affiliate income. The two day old account already has 300 followers, and climbing. I don’t see the account lasting too long because surely some litigious blogger or RStyle rep will have it shut down.

I don’t have much to add here but wanted to see what other people think of this. I’m not a fan of denying people income, but on the other hand, there should be more clarification on how the affiliate link cookies really work. What say you, hams?

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