DIY Blogging

Young House Love Will Be Taking A Break

After last week’s Curtaingate, John and Sherry of Young House Love have decided to respond in perhaps the only way they really can at this point.

We have been feeling off for a while – like we have lost our rhythm and we’re somehow missing the mark for ourselves and for you guys. We too miss the good old days when we did this for the love and were full of such obvious joy and spontaneity. This felt like a place we all hung out and it just doesn’t have that vibe anymore.

Saying running their blog now makes them feel like “every time we pressed “publish” we braced ourselves”, they announced they would be taking a break.

We don’t know exactly how long we’ll be stepping away, but our guess would be at least a month.

They went on to tell readers they would be “exploring other options for supporting our family”, explaining that they used to actually enjoy blogging when they “had day jobs and did this as a hobby”. They also said they’d be taking a break from Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook – “but the blog will stay public so you guys can access the archives whenever you’d like”.


Lifestyle Blogging

NieNie Says An Energy Shot Got Her Off Drugs

Stephanie Nielson, of the NieNie Dialogues, has apparently discovered an exciting new breakthrough in the world of drug addiction and detox.

I couldn’t decide if I really needed the pills to help me function, or if I was addicted.  I think I was both…My doctor introduced me to GungHo, which is an energy shot. I started using it immediately.  It gave me the energy to power through the day without my usual morphine and oxycontin. It was amazing how it suppressed my need for these pain medications. No longer did I need to take pills in the morning to get me going, or move my body, or even feel happy. This whole process took me about three months and then I was free from pain medication all together.

NieNie says she has had post-op pain medication since, but has “been able to stop the medications without any addictive tendencies” thanks to the energy shot. The ingredients list includes niacin and caffeine, as well as some mystical “Cognizin® Citicoline”, which they claim keeps your brain “alert and functioning like a Ninja”.

At last, a real solution to painkiller addiction. Rehab centers around the world can stock up and have those detoxers in and out in no time. And if they start using again, they can always just buy some more and detox themselves. It’s a pumpkin spice syrup season miracle!


Fashion Blogging

J’s Everyday Fashion Will Now Moderate Comments

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.


DIY Blogging

Young House Love Is Just Too Busy To Post Now, Guys

Young House Love, professional bloggers, are doing less and less blogging. Well…less and less blogging that their readers care about.

You see, after informing everyone back in April that they didn’t even want all this popularity and would be “scaling back” their posting frequency, readers have become less and less gruntled – and that growing irritation came to a head after the Dynamic Do-overs announced there would be only one actual post this week on their little blog bliggidy blizzog.

We hoped to have a Thursday post for you guys but this week didn’t go as planned. So sorry!

Suddenly the comment section of the post turned into the Hoover Damn scene in Superman. Readers began coming out of the woodwork to call Jdawg and $her unprofessional, with others wanting to know why their diy skills have not improved in the past 5+ years of doing a diy blog. One commenter said maybe if the Petersiks “spent less time monitoring comments” they would “have more time to write another post per week”; many said they felt like John and Sherry just aren’t that into blogging anymore.

There were the Team Petersik fanpoodles, of course. But the overall tone of the comments seems to be one of confusion (there’s a whole bunch of “this is your job“), and side-eye (a lot of people wondering what the hell they do with 80 hours of work-at-home time between them that they can’t throw up some kind of quick post).

Basically it’s turning into anarchy over there, and this Airing of Grievances is probably giving them the most pageviews they’ve seen since they first typed the words “laundry room”. I guess all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for their slobbering “please keep clicking, folk$” follow up post. Oh come on, you know it’s coming.


DIY Blogging

Bower Power Has A Secret Project


Katie Bower, owner of a “crack house“, finally gets to use the vague brag beloved of bloggers – a secret project. Saying “::spoiler alert:: not a book!” she then went on to say in another instagram post: “Today was CRAZAY! #camerainmyface #nowiknowhowmykidsfeel”.

However, some intrepid hamvestigators found more concrete hints around instagram. It seems KayBee might be doing some kind of video thing for Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection.


Other bloggers, including “The Hunted Interior”, also seem to be part of this #secretproject, so I don’t understand all the wink winking from KayBee. Then again the OMG SECRET PROJECT HERE’S A HINT SNEAK PEEK thing is one of my blogger pet peeves, so maybe the cheese stands alone on finding all of this annoying.