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That Wife Knows How To Celebrate Motherhood

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Jenna Cole, America’s most overworked mother, had an amazing Mother’s Day. First she spent Mother’s Day Eve having one of her girl’s night outs. She had friends over to dress up and take pictures of themselves, then headed out for drinks where she took more selfies. Then she spent the day itself having yet more pictures taken of herself.

My request for Mother’s Day was photos of me. Me alone, me with the kids, even me with TH while T1 pointed the camera in our direction.

Of course she did a touching shout out to her own mother as well.

She’s vibrant, innovative, generous, and compassionate. I see so much of her in me as I grow older…

Ok, not so much as a touching shout out as a backdoor brag, but it’s Jenna so what do you expect. Still, it’s nice to see such an amazing mother take some much needed time for herself. Jenna Time is so rare!


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The Feminist Breeder Thinks Getting A Job Is Hard

The Feminist Breeder, always right, is apparently done looking for a real job because it’s just too stressful.

I’ve decided that looking for a job is no longer good for my mental health at the moment. I get too angry and frustrated when I see how few jobs there are in my field with far too many applicants. It takes too much time to send out cover letters and resumes only to find out they had 100 overqualified applicants and already filled the job internally…

Instead, Gina has decided to…not get a job. After spending about $150,000 for a degree, she is saying screw it and writing a book…or something.

So I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and maybe work on that book or that birth business idea. Because this is just getting too stressful and depressing.

Um, ok. So she’s basically going to be a SAHM with a blog, being supported by her husband while she ‘maybe’ writes a book? How punk rock feminist of her. When asked what exactly her dream job IS, she replied “I honestly don’t know.” Her dream job appears to be not having a job, so, way to go, girl.


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That Wife Re-Enables Comments

That Wife, encourages imaginative play, is shaking up the blog world with some awesome news. After less than 5 months of disabled comments, she has graciously decided to let people leave comments on her posts once again.

So let’s give comments on That Wife a try once again!  Be nice…That Wife Blog will forever remain my little corner of the internet where I am reigning Queen of Everything and get to decide what it’s like to be in this space…

She says she wants her blog to be “an experience, not a broadcast”, and feels “comment-free posts felt a bit cold and impersonal”.

I’ve seen other bloggers do this flip flop of comments off, comments on, and it’s usually because traffic nosedives when you force your community to another platform to interact. When will bloggers learn ain’t nobody got time for that? I’m not going to twitter or facebook, no blog is worth that kind of effort. Just leave the comments on and be done with it, we all know you’ll turn them back on anyway when you need your stats back up.


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Mommy Blogging

Dooce Semi-Retires Sort Of Or Maybe Not

Dooce, valedictorian of self-importance, has announced she is moving on to “different sources of professional fulfillment”. Apparently “these sources have become so numerous” that they require what is possibly the ugliest website I have seen since GeoCities shut down – heatherbarmstrong.com.

It seems Her Royal Mommyblogness just isn’t finding the same joy in personal blogging that she used to because writing is hard, and also there are meanies.

…what makes this livelihood glaringly different are not only the constant creative strains of churning out new and entertaining content—content we cannot delegate to anyone else because our audiences read our stories for our particular voice and perspective—but also the security systems we’ve had to set up as an increasingly more diverse group of people throw rocks at our houses with the intention of causing damage: passersby, rubbernecks, stalkers, even journalists. We have separate security systems for those who take every word and decision we share and deliberately misinterpret it, disfigure it to the point of it being wholly unrecognizable, and then broadcast to us and to their own audiences that they have diagnosed us with a personality disorder.

Ever the drama queen, she goes on to say online life “looks completely different now than it did” back in ye olde days, and that the “emotional and physical toll of it is rapidly becoming a health hazard”. Yes, blogging in an era of critical communities is becoming a health hazard, as opposed to the anti-vax community which is improving the health of the world, I guess.

She assures the internet she won’t be shutting down dooce.com.

I have no intention of shutting this space down. There are too many memories in these pages, and frankly, I still like to write stories. I still have a few contracts that I need to see to completion, and I will continue posting here.

So…basically she will just keep on posting sporadically on no real schedule, when she feels like it? Like she’s been doing for the past 2 years? Uh, ok, thanks for the update.

Anyway, her new site features a bunch of press mentions, all but one being from her heyday of 2009-2011. The front page lists her “actively engaged audience” and 1.5 million twitter followers, and then says the mommyblogger title “is a digital pigeonhole” because “Heather is actually a writer, a speaker, a consultant, and a huge fan of Britpop.” Not to mention a fantastic url chooser – if she ever wants to rebrand may I suggest Barmstrong Industries?


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Pippit Dies With A Whimper

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Pippit, the ‘social media app’ developed by Mr. Love Taza, his wife, and Oh Joy!, has quietly died. An email sent out to users announced they have ‘discontinued support for the app’.

When we first came together in 2012 to brainstorm ways to bridge the worlds of blogging and social media, we laid the foundation of a new app, Pippit.
Our vision for Pippit has always been to create a beautiful social media platform that highlighted strong blog content with tools for discovering and sharing helpful information as a new framework for social commerce.  We shared the prototype of that vision last summer. With your wonderful support, Pippit was ranked as the #1 paid lifestyle app and #2 App of all paid apps.
Because of our other work, family life and commitments, we have not been able to maintain Pippit and its community at the level that we envisioned. While we have seen great success with the app in many areas, the tech world is new territory for our team and we want to be able to dedicate the appropriate time, energy, and resources needed to carry Pippit to the next level, which we cannot do at this time.
We have discontinued support for the app, but we thank you for your time, energy, suggestions, feedback, and the wonderful support that has come in many forms as we poured ourselves into this new endeavor!
We look forward to seeing you again soon in the online world.
With much gratitude,
Josh Davis, Naomi Davis, and Joy Cho
Co-founders, Pippit
The pippit twitter account has been inactive since November 30, and little to no mention of it has been made by any of the founders for several months. There is no word on whether the app will return.

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