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Roxy, of Effortless Anthropologie, continues to plug away in the niche blogging market of Anthro addicts. She even has a Facebook group where Anthro fans can buy and sell to each other. But yesterday a few prospective members learned some weird news.
Longtime members, on hearing this news, were shocked. Many wanted to know what this $20 fee to join the Facebook group was all about. Roxy replied that the fee was used to pay her other admins who “help me run the group and keep it organized” and pointed people to her guidelines page.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $20 FEE TO JOIN THIS GROUP. PM ME DIRECTLY (ROXY EFFORTLESS ANTHROPOLOGIE) FOR DETAILS IF YOU’D LIKE DETAILS TO SKIP THE LINE.
One member pointed out that charging membership fees for Facebook groups might be against Facebook’s TOS, to which Roxy responded “That sounds like a veiled threat to me” and reminded everyone that “No one is forced to pay”. Roxy then began justifying the fee by saying members would pay much more to sell or buy on Ebay or other services, and repeatedly saying “it takes a lot of work” to run the Facebook group.
She then began responding to those who claimed “Facebook is free” by saying “Facebook isn’t free…it supports itself through advertising”. Members then began volunteering to help admin for free – at which point Roxy did a 180.
Saying it could take up to a week to get sorted out, and told members “I obviously come from a different point of view, I’ve always felt like I should get paid for my time” before thanking those who offered to volunteer their time.
Seriously, is this a thing now? People try to charge for access to Facebook groups? When did this start happening? Does Facebook even allow this? Don’t you hate when posts end with questions?
J, not too old for that outfit, is done dealing with commentary she doesn’t like. Less than a month after declaring ”I view “negative” things as a chance to grow”, she has decided to on a new comment policy to prevent anything not “happy and upbeat” from appearing on her site.
Though “another possible option…is closing down comments altogether”, she says she decided that would be “letting the bad apples win”. Instead, she will do what so many other bloggers have done in the past – approve comments by hand.
I’ve had no restrictions on comments for the past two years but…as of yesterday afternoon, comments now go through moderation before they are published.
Instituting a manual approval system for comments has the been the beginning of the end for many blogs, so good luck to her. Maybe she can ask $herdawg for tips on time management now that 90% of her day will be spent staring at her Disqus queue.
Awww how totes presh. And perfectly timed, too – the glasses they have now permanently branded on their bodies are part of longtime sponsor Bonlook’s Keiko collection.
I’ve been waiting to share this news for what seems like forever: I designed a pair of cat-eye glasses for Bonlook…I designed a retro cat-eye with subtle embellishments and more modern proportions – they’re a little on the larger size, without being overwhelming.
So…I mean, I guess you could spin it as Keiko being really proud of her “design” launching, but essentially she and her “bespoke” bartender dude are now walking billboards for Bonlook. But hey, at least they didn’t get inspirational pillow tats, right?
On Wednesday her follower count shot up to 191,000; by yesterday it was up to 197,000. At the time of this post it had increased to 199,585 and is still steadily increasing. A series of screenshots throughout last night shows the followers increasing rapidly. It seems they are showing up at a rate of about 30-40 an hour.
Pink Peonies obviously isn’t the first or only blogger to purchase followers in order to seem more popular, and thus more appealing to major sponsors. It’s all part of the blogging land grab system, where numbers – real or fake – seem to matter more than content or engagement.
Since these follower buys always seem to happen right before a blogger gears up to pursue some kind of big publicity or sponsor I wouldn’t be surprised if we see ole Rachel in a television commercial or Vogue mention soon.
Messica, FMLA slacktivist and donut connoisseur, has apparently begun her ‘maternity leave’ from her blog. The overworked blogtrepreneurial mom-to-be has spent the last few weeks trying to make her leave about all the mothers in America.
I think it’s really unfair to say that because I create my own schedule, it’s any less challenging or “easy” than someone who works an office job. I’m sure other people who work from home would agree that there’s some misunderstandings about work/life balance. Further, while blogging (or working from home) may be more flexible, the bigger issue for me is that women in America have many unspoken expectations to bounce back, return to work quickly and “do it all” which is what I’m working through for myself.
Deciding to live as an example Messica announced she’s going to take another one of her breathers. Saying she’s “feeling a little shy in front of the camera and have been struggling with fatigue, so I’ve decided it’s best to let myself have a break from the blog until after the baby is born and we’ve gotten to spend time together as a family”, she went on to show how much she will miss blogging by posting a squealing tweet declaring her freedom from the grueling task of posting outfits and sponsored posts.
As mothers everywhere prepare a parade for her brave stand against forcing women to produce blog posts after giving birth, Messica assures the internets that she will still be producing pageview generators.
I’ve been working on some posts that I’ll publish between now and then, so there will be fresh stuff on the site each week – just not outfit photos.
Anyone want to place money on how long she’s able to tolerate her dropping pageviews before she starts posting pics of “What My Baby Wore”?