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Young Adventuress
October 2, 2015
6:07 pm
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bloopbloop

I know she has been talked about in other threads but I think she needs one of her own. Where to start? According to herself she was the only person in NZ to use Instagram properly and taught everyone else, she is the only person keeping it real out there on Instagram, she's not like those other travel bloggers you know- she keeps it real (just ignore the adds for Starbucks), she lives in the moment and never posts posed photos (just ignore the 1000 posed photos), she's really awesome at story telling (yet she only goes on rants most of the time), she's the only one in the world with a peanut allergy so you better bow down to that (tbh I do get her point about nuts on planes but she could have said it better) and so on..

October 5, 2015
3:16 pm
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what not to clare
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 717
Snarking Since:
November 19, 2012

I deleted her off my feed because so many of her posts were SO LONG. I like thoughtful content but I'm not reading a novel about your trip.

October 6, 2015
10:54 am
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lunamae
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 293
Snarking Since:
March 11, 2012

She also does this post every year that rounds up the meanest comments she's gotten. I think the concept is hysterical but she executes it so poorly and the whole thing comes off as hugely defensive and off putting. I thought KERF was the most annoying person on the internet but this girl gives her a run for her money. Christ she's obnoxious.

October 7, 2015
9:42 am
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shanghaiblonde
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Meows: 19
Snarking Since:
July 13, 2013

lunamae meowed
She also does this post every year that rounds up the meanest comments she's gotten. I think the concept is hysterical but she executes it so poorly and the whole thing comes off as hugely defensive and off putting. I thought KERF was the most annoying person on the internet but this girl gives her a run for her money. Christ she's obnoxious.

I think you nailed it here regarding her whole online persona. A lot of her "rants" could easily be written in a way that was honest and informative but she just ends up coming off brash, aggressive, and entitled – with the info she choses to share as well as her voice. She does not take any criticism well at all – everyone who disagrees with her is a jealous hater who works for Ryanair. She seems like someone who would be very annoying to be friends with in real life – not that she strikes me as someone who has many to begin with…

October 7, 2015
3:15 pm
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Besneakered Kerfpony
Senior Hamcat
Meows: 641
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April 22, 2013

I think there's a huge element of wanting to go viral with some of those rants because they're very targeted. She edits and backpedals a lot too, which I don't like because if you're going to go so far as to say something, JUST SAY IT. I like her adventures and her photos so I go back and forth on her, but it seems like she has an editorial calendar that says "NZ post, positive post, top 10 post, photo post, RANT, keep it real post, NZ post, another list, more NZ post." I think the ranting part of her is her actual personality and if that's the case she shouldn't try to mask it with saccharine posts in between. 

October 13, 2015
12:17 pm
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Meows: 27
Snarking Since:
October 2, 2015

Oh man, YA just posted a huge rant on her snapchat about how some photographer copied her friend's photo for a Nat Geo content and she literally says, "how do I know all this? because I'm a Professional Instagrammer and it's my job"…

October 13, 2015
2:49 pm
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bloopbloop

Professional Instagrammer…. wow! Professional? Really? I just don't even know what else to say to that other than… no, Liz…no…drool

October 13, 2015
4:13 pm
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sodumb
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Meows: 92
Snarking Since:
March 24, 2014

I feel like she is ripping off Tuula Vintage with her poses now, she didn't used to do those. Now it seems like so many of her picture have her in it they way Tuula does.

October 13, 2015
11:42 pm
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bloopbloop

She's such a poser! All those photos of her in the hat (further down her feed), with her back to the camera but claiming she loves being alone all the time..I thought that was what she was ranting about before! Who is taking your photo Liz and how is that being in the moment if you're posing for your own photos? I also don't believe she is an introvert at all… although she wouldn't be the first blogger to have a different persona online I guess. 

October 15, 2015
7:49 am
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Meows: 27
Snarking Since:
October 2, 2015

I could totally see her as an introvert. A lot of the loud-mouthed personalities online are actually introverts in real life, which is probably partly why they're so much better at being loud online.

Adventurous Kate mentions it once in a while, how she's an introvert and actually needs alone time during trips with other people, even family. 

(Speaking as an extrovert who is mistaken for an introvert because I'm not very talkative, it bothers me when people correlate big personality = extroversion and vice versa)

October 15, 2015
12:57 pm
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bloopbloop

I know what you mean Byob and I think people are often mistaken for the other- like you or the other way can be an introvert who has learned to act confident in front of others. I think a lot of bloggers are probably like that. But I also think people aren't necessarily one or the other. I don't think YA is as introverted as she says due to all the attention drawing rants she goes on. I have always thought she lacks confidence in herself though.
But back to the instagramming haha.. :)

October 15, 2015
2:40 pm
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Cat
Meows: 27
Snarking Since:
October 2, 2015

Yes, back to that :) I can't wait for the day Instagram goes the way of facebook or myspace (that is to say, not the hot it thing of the moment) and these "Professional Instagrammers" can't command hundreds or thousands of dollars just for being pretentious anymore!

October 15, 2015
2:57 pm
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Meows: 27
Snarking Since:
October 2, 2015

Also she snapchatted this comment she received on her latest blog post and acted all "WHY ME" about it: 

(I don't even read her blog anymore but I gave her a pageview just so I could find this comment in full)

"you are a living breathing definition of what it means to be a tall poppy

do you even know what HUMILITY means? did you even look up dictionary definition of humility?

you are BRAGGING, your whole blog is between obnoxious hustling and i’m better than you — so when instagram barbie comes up,
or someone who doesn’t know much about dubai — you lash out in vitriol, only because those you hate are so so similar to you.

funny how your blog is about adventuring and travelling but you haven’t matured one bit — you are still bragging, there’s not one ‘gram of a real person writing these posts, everything is fake and perfect and inauthentic

i laughed out loud when you actually implied that
you DISCOVERED NZ, bahahaha, and you probably actually believe that stuff — that you’re all that, that you’re on top of the world.

it’s lonely at the top, and while your blog SEEMS to be about adventuring, it’s actually just some obnoxious combination between hustling, bragging and knee-jerk reactions to hate comments because you are SUCH a delightfully hateful person yourself.

so do you know what tall poppy means?

when was the last time when you wrote an authentic post? see, i think at this point being an authentic person,
being accepted into a society, and making a TRUE friend — that’s something you can’t afford.

people LOVE to hate you, you are like a reality TV villain everyone secretly wants to fail. there’s no harm in doing well, however, it’s a big difference
between doing well and narcissism and immaturity.

so what does it mean to be a tall poppy? do you think people will ever accept you for you to stay long enough in one place?

maybe you should just continue doing what you did, just remember, your blog is not about adventuring,

it’s about immature way of coping with insecurities, and you
not growing the FK up. you may think you have little to do with ‘gram barbie, but deep down both examples are about bragging, arrogance and perfectionism.

lemme know if you ever get accepted into NZ society, kthxBY"

Everyone else is defending YA and trying to trash the OP but I have to say I agree – the first time I heard about Socality Barbie, it seemed like a straight up mockery of YA's instagram.

Also the post was about a sponsored campaign with Visa. Yeah, you're super original and haven't sold out at all! Having Visa pay for your trip to Australia is totally a "real" experience.  



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