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Can Young House Love Escape The internet?
January 20, 2016
10:23 am
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SnarkAChusetts
Kitten
Meows: 9
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April 23, 2014

I call total BS on their claim that they weren't in it for the fame. SB has been fame-hungry since she was a teen and was on the FANactic show on MTv where she got to meet her favorite white rapper. 

drool

January 20, 2016
10:26 am
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homeslice
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1267
Snarking Since:
September 6, 2012

And don't forget, John auditioned for the The Real World…lol.

January 20, 2016
10:56 am
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Dicktip Hair meowed
The part about Clara wearing shorts coming from the people who posted a pic of her sitting on the toilet is pretty rich.

I love how they made it sound like Sherry was DONE and John was the one wavering. I don't believe that for a second. B***h is THIRSTY. I knobJohn loved the cash, but there is zero way he wasn't the the one to pull the plug.

I agree. I wasn't a mega-reader but I followed along a bit and it seemed pretty clear that Sherry NEEDED that blog and the validation/connection/attention. I think it most likely became a problem in the family/marriage, and John had to issue an ultimatum, but loves his wife and doesn't want to throw her under the bus, so he takes the fall for pulling the plug and lets it seem like Sherry was the one who decided the family came first. I don't think that is how it how it happened at all but it paints Sherry in a better light than a person desperately attached to comments and responding who had to have her blog shut down to be able to prioritize her family. Just my opinion.

January 20, 2016
12:50 pm
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BooYouW***e
Expert Hamcat
Meows: 476
Snarking Since:
October 30, 2012

My daughter is 5. I've always made her wear shorts under her dresses because that just seems reasonable. I don't understand how she's making that the price of fame or something. 

January 21, 2016
11:41 am
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Robosexual
Hamcat
Meows: 56
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September 2, 2014

Seriously. I can't think off hand of anyone I know who didn't have their little girls wear shorts underneath dresses/skirts. Little kids run and play, and putting shorts on lets them do that without flashing underroos everywhere….

That whole article was crap to me. Why didn't the interviewer ask $herry why she didn't just tell people she would not be responding to comments like she used to? Why didn't they question their totally questionable choices in projects? Or why THEY were the ones who thought it ok to put up pics of their daughter being sick/on the toilet? Why did they decide to overshare? There was a whole lot of, I'll sort of take the blame, but not really. They can stay off the internet. Nothing they did in the last 3 years was all that good.

January 22, 2016
12:19 pm
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KAS
Hamprince of Meowtonia
Meows: 7918
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June 6, 2011

Colorblocked Moonshiner meowed
They could have just disabled comments, but then Shurrybeff wouldn't have gotten her fix. She didn't have to be checking comments during a field trip, she chose to.sfun_nopitybye

Agreed, agreed, agreed.  I do not believe their blog would have withered away and died in the heyday if they limited their participation in the comments section.  How many of the other huge bloggers were/are chasing after commenters that way?  Never seen it.

January 22, 2016
2:51 pm
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QueenOfCaulk
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Meows: 1456
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February 5, 2014

They could have checked the comments towards the end of the day and posted a little update at the top of the post of there were any frequently asked questions. But Most of their follow up comments were just like "That's funny! Haha, xo Sherry" — totally pointless.

January 22, 2016
3:22 pm
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happypug
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Meows: 403
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August 19, 2015

Both Sherry and John stuck like glue to what worked for them early on and refused to evolve in a business sense. It was their downfall. It killed their creative process and kept them rooted in tasks they should have handed over to an intern or employee. They ere spinning their wheels and it stopped the maturity process. Most bloggers at their level do have employees. Their cheapness hurt them. Little did they know spending money on help would have freed them up to make more money.

Those two were chasing fame before their blog. Little did they realize once fame is achieved lots of control is lost. They got what they wanted then fussed about the downside.

January 23, 2016
7:44 am
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An Artful Asshole
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Meows: 187
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June 4, 2013

Pudgy sweaty meatloaves meowed

Why are they completely glossing over the fact that they invited this whole curtaingate shitstorm by ASKING for feedback? This article makes it seem like Sherry did nothing more than apologize for not posting and then got bludgeoned in the comments.

Also, while it was definitely an interesting read, I saw little more than shameless and calculated plugging going on. The dropped "hint" about having sold that awful table? Really? I thought they were better than that.

bye

Yes! The had that whole post with "Tell us what you would like to see…" And the feedback wasn't great so they stomped their feet, took their toys, and went home.sfun_nopity

January 23, 2016
12:18 pm
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ButterKirby
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Meows: 182
Snarking Since:
November 23, 2012

By this time, the Petersiks had entertained — and refused — at least 50 offers from reality-TV-show producers, many of which were designed to play up their sex appeal. “

 

50!!! Really.

January 24, 2016
11:51 am
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QueenOfCaulk
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1456
Snarking Since:
February 5, 2014

ButterKirby meowed

By this time, the Petersiks had entertained — and refused — at least 50 offers from reality-TV-show producers, many of which were designed to play up their sex appeal. “

 

50!!! Really.

There is this show "Fixer Upper" I just discovered. The few episodes I saw I really liked design-wise, but I find the couple so irritating. The show puts a lot of emphasis on them joking around and showing their kids and stuff. One episode they made a big deal about the husband's birthday. Like who would actually care?

Anyway, I can see YHL being offered to do a show like that. Except they wouldn't even be able to show good design in that case, which would be really stupid.

Also, 50 offers… lmao

January 24, 2016
12:00 pm
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homeslice
Feline Porklord
Meows: 1267
Snarking Since:
September 6, 2012

I don't believe for one hot minute they were offered 50 shows.  I do believe they were offered shows that would require Sherry and John to leave their house, in which case, it wasn't gonna happen.

January 25, 2016
3:26 pm
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Cheapersiks
Hamcat
Meows: 80
Snarking Since:
June 3, 2015

Hey everyone. So I read this article days ago but have not had the chance to respond. It seems to me that for two people who claim they wanted to walk away from blog fame over a year ago, they sure do a lot of interviews where they flap their lips about blogging. Never change, Petersiks. They are seriously two of the most annoying people on the planet!

Basically I’m just quoting sections from the article and commenting on them. The article excerpts are in quotes. Too lazy to go back and bold my comments. LOL.

“For years, the Petersiks had appeared to delight in the oversharing, letting no vacation, birthday, or parenting milestone go un-blogged. But they had recently started to chafe under the microscope. In Instagram photos, the Petersiks’ friendly grins seemed to be hardening into tragicomic Greek masks. They approached every blog post or Facebook status in a defensive crouch: What would get the most likes and shares? What would trigger a backlash? There was no escaping the onslaught of feedback, positive or negative. The ceaselessly churning, real-time response machine of the internet never sleeps — and, especially since the birth of their second baby earlier that year, neither did John and Sherry.”

They chose to do this. They could have easily left vacations and family outings out of the picture. But they chose to share those things because they wanted to draw their readers in. It was an incredibly calculated move on their part, and they knew exactly what they were doing.

“That weekend, after the kids were in bed and the laundry room was finally done, they started talking about putting a match to this thing they loved so much. Sherry was ready to quit right then, but John wasn’t convinced.”

They likely twisted words in order to be able to make this statement. If Sherry did say she was ready to quit, it was ONLY because John issued an ultimatum – pick me and the kids or the blog. So she chose to give up the blog. There’s no way in hell that someone who was as obsessed and completely absorbed in the comments and fangurls as Sherry was would ever quit on her own. She was legit addicted to the internet, social media, and the hourly praise, validation and adoration. For years, she ignored her friends, family, husband and children, to ‘haha so funny, hope it helps, I’m laughing/crying/dying here’. There is simply no way that she suddenly decided to quit. That is complete and utter BS.

“The Petersiks have always portrayed their success as uncalculated and even accidental.”

Bull. The more successful they got, the more things they dove into. They took tons of side gigs, all designed to give them exposure and make them famous. But we are supposed to believe they had no plans to be as successful as possible? Please. People are not as stupid as you think, Petersiks. Granted, they had no way to know at the blog’s inception how popular it would become. But once they saw their popularity start to soar, they went full steam ahead. Oversharing, taking on side projects, incessantly talking their egotistical heads off. They could have pulled back then, but they didn’t. Uncalculated and accidental, my ass.

“Which means that both the Petersiks’ rise and their decision to walk away offer a preview of a world in which maintaining the appearance of our lives online can make it impossible to actually live that life. And yet, even knowing what they know, the Petersiks can’t quite leave it all behind.”

Of course they can’t leave it all behind. Despite what they say, they are fame starved attention w***es. What they wanted to leave behind was the realization that they are not universally loved. They wanted fame, along with the slobbering adoration of everyone who has ever read their blog. They have begun posting on the blog with increasing frequency. They still post on FB and IG, $elling the kids as always. They do interviews and podcasts. This is proof that they do not want to disappear off the Internet. Had they really wanted to they would have done ONE interview explaining why they quit and then closed the blog and all social media for good. The fact that it’s all still out there and open is very telling.

“The Petersiks met in 2004 while working at the same New York City ad agency. Sherry was a recent FIT grad from New Jersey. John was a clean-cut Southerner with a surprisingly dry wit. They began dating in 2005. Early on, they flirted with various paths to public life, auditioning together for The Amazing Race — “I still think John would have killed it,” Sherry says — and trying to sell a book about weird pet names. But despite entertaining visions of reality-show stardom “for a hot second” “

And this is why that their statements about not wanting to achieve fame with the blog is 1,000% complete BS. They were both seeking out fame in their teens and early 20’s. And when they started to get some of that fame for real via the blog, they dove in with both heads and feet. They both wanted to be famous from the start.

“By 2011, YHL was getting over 5 million monthly page views (with a million unique visitors), and the Petersiks were regularly working a second shift after Clara’s bedtime and throughout weekends and vacations. Family outings had to include something “bloggable,” like a stop at an antique store.”

They chose this path. Nobody forced this level of oversharing. All it would have taken was a little push back on their part. But they were willing to give the fangurls anything they wanted, because they wanted to draw them in and garner all the internet attention they could.

“They admit the blog made money “a nonissue” in its final years. “For a long time, we thought we were doing okay if we could duplicate our salaries from our old advertising jobs; then it got to the point where we could bring in much more,” says Sherry. “But I kept saying, ‘I don’t want more money, I want more time.’” She’d spend school field trips sneaking onto her phone to respond to comments from the zoo or the aquarium. “I felt like any day where I was being a great blogger, I was being a bad mom and vice versa,” Sherry says. She and John both worried that their marriage was being reduced to “essentially co-workers.”

For Sherry to say “I don’t want more money, I want more time”, and then to camp out on comment duty for 12+ hours every. single. day really shows how nuts she is. If she actually did unpeel her lazy ass off of Karl to attend a Klara event only to spend it responding to comments, then I have trouble understanding why she even had kids (aside from keeping John tethered to her for life). But for two people who obsessively overshare, how come we never heard about these Sherry-included outings, or about how Sherry volunteered at Klara’s school? All we heard about was about how, multiple times, Sherry missed Klara events so she could “furiously squat comments.” B***h please. Don’t try to convince us that you genuinely missed out on things because you didn’t have a choice. She had a choice every single day, and she chose the blog every single time. She could have been a great blogger AND a great mother. But SHE allowed the lines to become blurred and ultimately shot herself in the foot. That is 1,000% on her.

“Meanwhile, their audience’s demands to be let in on their lives only grew. Back in 2010, it took them four days to mention the birth of their daughter on their blog, but when Teddy was born in 2014, John says, “It was like, okay, we have a few hours to get something for Instagram.” Sherry pauses when he says that, but she doesn’t disagree. “Where we ended up was kind of a reality show in itself,” she says. And like all successful reality stars, the Petersiks had built an audience that simultaneously knew everything about them and didn’t really know them at all.”

The fans begged for more because they knew J&S would give it to them. Again, this is something they could have controlled but instead chose to share.

“When we sit down for lunch, it’s at their rather famous reclaimed-wood pedestal table (made by Restoration Hardware, but found for 70 percent off at an outlet store). “I’m hoping it will be one of those hand-down-to-your kids pieces that outlives John and me,” Sherry blogged about the purchase in 2013. When I compliment it, John hints that it’s unlikely to survive their upcoming kitchen renovation: “We’re kind of over it.” Then he passes around avocado sandwiches, tossing us paper napkins and bags of chips. (They have since sold the table.)”

This is another example of how they purchased things just for blog material and then discarded it a short time later. Sherry nearly had sex with that table while trying to convince the salesman to sell it to them without the chairs. Now, it’s just another item on their “sold on CL (for a profit, holla!)” list. Also, I’m guessing they renovated the kitchen over the holidays last year, since that’s what they “tend to do.”

“We put ourselves on the public stage, and then we realized it wasn’t where we wanted to be.”

Awww. So sad when that happens. Deal with it Petersiks. Like you said, you put yourselves there and then took your ball and went home when people came out of the woodwork and called you out on your crap.

“They also worried about the effect living online was having on their kids. “I’m already afraid of what Clara will find when she Googles herself,” Sherry admits. “I wonder all the time if we should have changed her name or never shown her face at all.” What Clara will find is not that different from what many new parents share on their social-media accounts — except in the Petersiks’ case, it inspired threads on hate sites like Get Off My Internets. Once, when Clara was out for ice cream with her grandparents, a fan recognized her and approached the family. “It was perfectly friendly and innocent, but it weirded us out to realize Clara could get recognized without us there,” says John. After that, they made sure Clara always wore shorts under dresses, in case somebody snapped a picture of her upside down on a jungle gym. “The internet can be a dark place,” says Sherry.”

This is the part that absolutely made my blood boil!!! NOW you are afraid of what Clara will find when she Googles herself????? Really?????? REALLY???? NOW????? Concerned strangers implored with you for years to stop over sharing your daughter. But you didn't listen. You fed us BS lines about how you only shared 1% of her life. You refused to see the truth because you knew your daughter was an excellent source of revenue. You exploited her and traded her privacy for click$. You suck as a person for thinking that was ever okay. You put copious amounts of information out there on your child VOLUNTARILY. People know all about her birth story, where her name came from, her likes and dislikes, her wardrobe, her birthday parties, her friends, where she goes to ballet class, what school she goes to, etc. because you idiots put it out there or gave obvious clues. You made a conscious decision to do it every. single. time. You do not get to whine and complain about this after the fact because you apparently have had a parental epiphany about your daughter now that she’s five and in school. Clara will never get to decide how she wants to present herself to the world because you did it FOR HER. She didn’t have a choice. You put photos of your child when she was being potty trained ON THE INTERNET. You put photos of your child sick on the bathroom floor ON THE INTERNET. You only took them down because your fangurls – that’s right, your FANGURLS, who apparently had better sense and concern for her than you did, told you the photos were inappropriate. You put a photo of your child wearing a bathing suit over the toilet in your guest bathroom for crying out loud. You DO NOT get to play the concerned and protective parent card now, Sherry. You blew that years ago.

It’s also ironic that for two people who swear up and down and ask Katie Bower that they don’t read here, knew about the incident where Clara was recognized at an ice cream shop, because that story was told on GOMI.

“A few weeks after my visit, Sherry asks me to call. “We just want to make sure it doesn’t sound like we’re never going to blog ever again,” she says when we get on the phone. “We don’t plan to, so we don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. [The internet] will never again be 100 percent of our existence. But if it fuels our brand in a way that works with our life, we’re open to it. We’re not business idiots.”

Of course they are open to it. #attentionw***esforlyfeyo



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