Never did I think the day would come when I would have to write a BS Blog about another blogger. But if you wanna act like a crazy paranoid Housewife, I’m gonna treat you like one. This all started when she wrote this blog in response to my blog (which wasn’t even about her) and then blocked me on twitter. So she asked for it (and so did like a million people in DM’s yesterday who begged me to do this!) And you know me, I aim to please, so here ya go! Ain’t I nice???
(As always, my comments are in bold.)
Stupid Is Alive And Well (<– See how nice I am, providing links and all)
I’m really getting sick of these crappy hobby blogs (like my crappy hobby blog that you were reading when you were inspired to write this post?) putting misinformation out there. Ugh, if it’s not “sources in the neighborhood that know all of Housewife X’s business” they wouldn’t know from Eve, (I remember certain information that I got about Melissa Gorga that you didn’t believe. But keep talking shit.) or misinformation about a charity or how charities work, (You are talking about Lynn, obviously. Why don’t you grow a pair and say her name? Lynn posted a PLB document and asked some questions. Get over it. Heavens forbid anyone question your Saint Dina, right?) salacious judgments and harassment of people they don’t even know… (who got harassed? When?)
But this thing I’m going to write about chaps my ass…I really shouldn’t let it because these people are idiots of the highest order, (very mature of you) but when you put all your heart an soul into something you love and you have done big things with it? You are sensitive to someone belittling it. (No one belittled you or your blog. In fact, you were never even mentioned anywhere on any of the “little hobby blogs” until you wrote this crazy rant. But go ahead and try to make yourself a victim.)
I want to explain exactly what Associated Content is (crap?) and how it relates to Yahoo. Associated Content is a writing site owned by Yahoo where you can share your thoughts on just about anything (seriously – anything. It doesn’t even have to make sense.) and after you pass the initial screening process, (I think it’s clear to anyone who read the link I posted yesterday that there really isn’t any sort of screening process whatsoever <– Make sure to read the comments on that post too) you can accept assignments based on topics you write about, submit original work, and get paid. Peanuts. It is seriously peanuts. (You get what you pay for I guess)
But if you do great work, (or even if you do totally crappy work like the guy with the BH recap) you can apply to be a featured contributor in up to three topics…mine are Fitness, Beauty and Entertainment. You have to audition for that too. (Maybe there is just no competition? Could that be the problem?) Then you are given features every month to write.
THEN if you are really good at that you are offered contract writing through Yahoo. If Yahoo likes your work, they will treat you like a staff writer and slam you with assignments. I’m not even kidding you will get 30 in a week. Upside? You are making BANK… downside? Good-bye life.
So for those um..’critics’ that are putting AC down (Anyone with the reading comprehension of a 5th grader would put them down) and saying ‘anybody can write for them’ you are absolutely correct. (well that’s not very professional of Yahoo now is it? I think a well known name like Yahoo should hold people to higher standards.) Take your venomous, (ah ok drama queen) crappy hobby blog,and see how far it gets you. (No thanks, I’m fine where I am. I’m not ambitious like that. But it got Lynn a podcast! Congrats Lynn.) If you get a Yahoo News byline? Congrats, I will officially view you as a peer (LOL. I can only dream) and not some obnoxious fly that keeps buzzing around my head. (Wouldn’t it be the other way around since you are the one buzzing around everyone else’s stuff while we all ignore you?)
Not to mention if Associated Content was such crap (It is. Here’s proof) it wouldn’t have a live feed on TMZ, PopEater, (LOL! Good thing you’re not a lawyer because Popeater is a really really BAD argument to use right now.) Fox News, The Daily…etc. I don’t see a ‘WordPress’ feed on any major sites…hmmmm…. (Aren’t you writing this on a WordPress blog?? Anyway, I’m not even sure what these “feeds” are supposed to prove, so moving on…)
The bottom line is if you are good, you will get paid (Is that why are you are so mad? Because you aren’t really making any money from your “professional” blogging?) and it doesn’t matter WHERE you write. Someone will buy your hobby blog, you will make money on sites like Examiner, AC etc. Those pennies add up to thousands when you’re ranked in Google News. Google News has specific requirements for stories being listed. (Are they anything like Yahoo’s “requirements”?) Theses sites get you there, and get you syndicated on AV/huffPo/ BIN and seen on the major sites listed above which opens doors.
Once you get there…I have yet to see a crappy hobby blog in the top ten on Google… (Just curious… what is your definition of crappy? Because I think there are a few thousand people -daily- who would disagree with you.)
But again ‘facts’ are really of no consequence to these asshats (did you learn that word in journalism school?). But I guess that by putting me down, (once again, no one put you down – ever. The paranoia is all in your head.) it takes away from the fact that for all the attention that shit blog (You mean Lynn and her I Hate Jill Zarin blog. What you want to say is that the I Hate Jill Zarin blog gets more attention than your blog) has gotten over this year, it hasn’t been picked up by anyone…(LOL. Please, if that guy I linked to can write an article for Yahoo, ANYONE can write an article for Yahoo if they choose to do so.) where as I have had mine branch into how many gigs (?) (I don’t know… one?) just by putting my head down and cranking out content editors like (while others crank out content that their readers like. Maybe that’s the difference?) Oh wellsies… (<– Is that a professional writing term?)
This post will get the requisite, “Why does it bother you so much?”(Nah… I’m pretty sure we all understand why it bothers you so much) well…these shit hobby blogs that libel up down and sideways hurt freelancers that live on their gigs (bullshit – if your blog is good people will read it. No one affects your viewers but you). It changes the culture of what people want to read (again – bullshit. People know what they want to read. If you aren’t producing what people like it’s not the fault of “hobby bloggers”), and how much information celebrities are willing to give. Not to mention it bugs just on a human level. The hate and vitriol (Silly girl, you need to stop sipping that Kellaid. You are confusing “hate” with “truth” again.) spewed within the content and comments is disgusting. Anybody that participates in that whether it be on a blog or social media should be ashamed (Yes, because honesty is so horrible in Housewife world) and really should not have anything to do with me or what I’m about. (And what are you about exactly?) I don’t want to associate with anyone that views that as ‘entertainment’. (You mean you don’t want to associate with anyone who likes Lynn’s blog more than yours) It is absolutely gross. (Lol. Is it creepy too?) The idea there isn’t to write it’s to slam others. (Once again – big difference between “slam” and “hold accountable”) No one’s working on a craft, it’s just “Who’s wearing the bullseye this week?” (And what are your blogs? Works of art? Last time I checked you were making fun of the same Housewives the rest of us make fun of.) I am so grateful that I have the backing of major media hubs (Who? ChicagoNow and Yahoo who hires anyone? Lol), so I haven’t been affected. (But you just said that hobby bloggers hurt freelance writers – get your stories straight!)
This particular group isn’t more than 200 at best, so I guess that $3 a week they cost me by boycotting should make me cry…(I guess “boycotting” is a creative word to describe people who don’t care for your blog) but then I have to remind myself that these are lunatics (interesting choice of words considering the situation here…) that think ‘networking’ is ass kissing (PLB… Dina Manzo… sound familiar??) …funny how I’ve never seen them at an event except the ones open to the public (Oh damn, have I been missing out on private Real Housewife blogger events???) …oh yeah, they’re typicallyEXPRESSLY uninvited. (Clearly, since I never knew they existed.)
These are also the people that take personal, painful information, and exploit it for shits and giggles. (Names, specifics, situations…. No? Just baseless accusations?Ok….) So really, nothing is sacred, and it bugs… (you. You mean it bugs you? Did you forget to finish that sentence?)
Except NONE of them have canceled their subscriptions. (Who the hell is she talking about now? I’m lost…) Not one. It gives me a fit of giggles imagining them reading me in the dark so no one sees… (So now people are reading you in the dark? But you just said they were boycotting. Wow it’s hard to keep up with you.) because there’s a particular blogger that harasses anyone that reads me via direct message like a pansy ass. (Who cares about you enough to harass your readers? I used to read you and no one ever said a word to me.) Such a badass! You spend your time messaging people privately saying, “jenn’s a big meanie” then have a whole different public persona…**giggles** fool. ( <— )
The bottom line is, I am a professional writer. (ORLY? Re-read your last sentence. The one with the arrow pointed at it.) You might not like my work, you might not like me, but it’s what I love and I’d do it for free. (except that you don’t do it for free, and you shit on the people who do) Sorry, I’ve accomplished a lot in the last year and I’m not speaking of it to brag (of course you are), but a lot of people have started writing, and I want to be a source of encouragement to them (HAHAHA!!! Your entire post was the complete opposite of encouragement), and let them know that the 40 cents a day their making will grow to hundreds a day by only keeping the faith, staying true to themselves, and working very hard…it pays off. (What a revelation. Hard works pays off? Really? Omg!) I was lucky to have that encouragement from my friend Dan so I want to pay it forward. (And this is your idea of paying it forward?)
And that goes for any dream. My dearest friend Lisa is an artist, and she left her career to be an artist full time, and it was a rough go at first, but now she is making her dream come true with only hard work and dedication.She promotes herself and her projects 24/7. (Now you really got off on a tangent! Try to stay focused here, eh?)
Promotion isn’t bragging…it’s promotion. Not to mention, it’s also encouragement to others in the struggle. (No… I’m pretty sure all you’re doing is bragging about your accomplishments while bashing others. Don’t really see much encouragement here.)
So I challenge you who are so quick to put me down (no one put you down) Do better. (I think that’s the whole point – that other people are doing better and you’re pissed) Let me see you ranked in Google, at an event as a member of the media – (bla bla bla. It may shock you, but some people write simply to share their opinions and talk to like-minded people. I do it to make people snort liquids out their noses and ruin their keyboards. Save your google stats and press events for someone who cares) and not a drooling dimwit humping the leg of a c-list reality star (but isn’t that exactly what you do with Dina?), do an interview, get a byline… and then you are my peer and I will consider you competition. (it’s clear that you already consider “certain hobby bloggers” to be competition. Otherwise you wouldn’t have written this very long ranting blog post)
Until then, a contract is a contract and a byline is a byline…stick that in your pipe and smoke it…or hang it on your keychain… (Where did you learn the fine art of underhanded digs? From “Secrets of a Jewish Mother”? Or is that one from The Dina Manzo Youtube Guide to Life? And how do you know about the keychains anyway unless you are reading Lynn’s blog or listening to her podcast?)
Wow that was a very loooong crazy ass blog. I hope you’re all happy now, because that was full of more crap than a Real Housewife blog. Kelsey’s wife was a breeze compared to this.
Oh but it doesn’t stop here! Oh no. In addition to this long rambling blog post, Jenn treated us on twitter to even more long rambling tweets. And she was even kind enough to ask that people RT (retweet) her message so that all of the people she had just blocked from seeing her tweets could read it. You will have to insert your own comments, I don’t have the energy.
You can RT this if ya want in case some have been blocked and are wondering why… I’m blocking by association…sorry. It’s not done out of anger or malice, I just choose do not deal with anyone that associates with a particular blog. Twitter followers are not worth compromising my views. I would never TELL someone not to follow another, but I am my own gatekeeper to the content on my feed. Taking a stand isn’t always popular, but it’s how I feel. I won’t chew you out, or freak if you choose to unfollow me too. I’m a live and let live kinda gal. But this whole nonsense stems from one source…so I’m just totally cutting it out. Again, no hard feelings or malice, just sticking to my beliefs. Free Speech is a wonderful right, but it doesn’t mean that it’s ok to use that right to hurt others. Whether they are on TV, Twitter, or not. “all in good fun” is one thing, but what is going on via blogs and Twitter is beyond the realm of acceptable. So I’m blocking that because it’s simply toxic, and I do not like the person it makes me. So no hard feelings, but that’s it.
@tweatcyn well, I’m ok with you feeling that way. I have a different point of view that I’ve had for a long time and to me it’s not a competition. It’s taking a stand against the mean spirited and hateful content of some blogs. I don’t want anybody following me that follows or views blogs like IHJZ as entertainment. That’s just my opinion. I don’t care about # of followers or readers. It’s not paranoia. It was just time for me to speak out and draw the line for myself. You don’t have to follow me, or feel like you need to choose. I’m making the decision for myself.
@meg1964 I’m ok with you doing whatever you feel is right for you. I never said that you shouldn’t follow @putyourhairup. I don’t have a problem with her. This is a personal decision on my part to clean house. Anybody that participates in a mean spirited blog should not follow me. It is me personal opinion that IHJZ is a blog not meant to be fun, but meant to hurt others. I’ve always felt that way, I’m just being vocal about it now. I’ve asked those that follow that blog to please unfollow me, and I will quietly block those I feel participate. It’s not personal to them, it’s just a stance I’m taking. I don’t want to put people in a position to choose one or the other. I’ll handle my feed myself. Take care…
In the words of Bethenny Frankel: Adios lunatic.