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Things We Can Safely Classify As Being “Not Radical”

Things We Can Safely Classify As Being “Not Radical”

  1. Poop
  2. Jokes about poop
  3. Ringworm
  4. Jokes about ringworm
  5. Eczema misdiagnosed as ringworm
  6. Jokes about eczema misdiagnosed as ringworm
  7. The number 64
  8. Driving a minivan
  9. Mass-produced Che Guevara T-shirts
  10. Giveaways of any kind, but especially for toilet paper
  11. No sponsored posts for almost a decade, and then three in less than two weeks.
  12. Wait, that is radical now that I think about it — it’s a radical change of business model. Never mind.
  13. Breastfeeding
  14. Formulafeeding
  15. Any combination thereof
  16. An ethos or politics based on any combination of the above
  17. Balancing shit on on somebody’s head, and then taking a picture of it, and posting it on the internet. Unless you are North Korean, and the “somebody” is Kim Jong II.

Glossary terms: the radical act of mommyblogging, Yummie Tummie

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Comments (30)

  1. Nov 29, 2010

    Kim Jong Il Looking at things is good reading.
    Better than poop, anyway.

  2. Nov 29, 2010

    I always hold my breathe a little when people say they’ll never do something. Like place ads, or write sponsored posts, or endorse products they wouldn’t even use to wash their animals. Because the allllll mighty $$ and or two mortgages can make some people do some crazeee things.

  3. K
    Nov 29, 2010

    Hi Anna…great list.

    Also, I’ve been wondering about this for a while…would you ever consider doing an alphabetical index for your glossary instead of numbers? I don’t know anything about web design so this could be a dumb suggestion, but if a reader (like me) was looking for a specific term, letters would be easier to navigate.

  4. Nov 29, 2010

    Poop and Ringworm in the same post? I feel violated.

  5. Nov 29, 2010

    Can we add “women bigger than a size six taking boob shots and tasteful, boudoir photos?” Because you’re only celebrating your body size by objectifying it for the world to see, because the only way to feel good about yourself is by hoping to ignite e-boners from Texas to Thailand with your big ol’butt.

  6. Nov 29, 2010

    I would LOVE to see stuff balanced on Kim Jong Il’s head. That would be the best ever.

  7. Nov 29, 2010

    I am really beginning to question my life, I read this and went “Dude, who is giving away toilet paper?! I need to get in on that!”

  8. Nov 29, 2010

    Hi K: absolutely. Unfortunately, at present, I am limited by the way the plugin I use works. I have a better-functioning glossary on my list of wants for the site, though, so never fear: eventually, I hope to be able to have multiple means of sorting available, including alphabetically, and search, and having the terms show up in comments, etc. But I have a developer working on a different project right now. Once he finishes that one, I will see if he is able to do anything with the glossary. Unfortunately, I’ve hit the wall with what I’m able to do, technologically speaking, so I’m limited by money and developer time now.

  9. Nov 29, 2010

    Hah! I had no idea such a thing existed. Though now that I think about it, I don’t know why I never realized it didn’t.

  10. Nov 29, 2010

    Yeah, well, I always add a little caveat that says “never say never,” because I know things change, and I do think that people should be allowed to change their minds. But I also think three sponsored posts in just under two weeks is a lot.

    It makes me think that what must be going on over at FM is that they are really pushing the content column, and/or that advertisers only want the content column (and this would explain the fill rate problems that BlogHer continues to have, incidentally, and why PW is no longer at FM, because she has been historically fairly resistant to content column, though she has done a few experiments, like I have). And so they are selling the content column, because selling the content column is better (I guess) than not selling anything at all. That is a decision you make if you need to sell, at least that’s what I’m seeing from the outside. It’s not a decision you make if you don’t need to sell, though — which is why you don’t see PW making that decision (at least as far as I know).

    I’m really interested to see how this plays out. There’s two ways it could end up, if not more — either all of those blogs will end up with really devalued space, OR it will just change the blog ad environment again, and sponsored posts will become totally normal, acceptable, and palatable, and readers will become as used to them as they are to sidebar ads. I am really wondering if this latter option is possible. Because it is definitely possible in other niches (design, for example), but you don’t see it in a blog like Gawker or whatever.

  11. Nov 29, 2010

    Well, they ARE tangentially related . . .

  12. Nov 29, 2010

    Oh, you are going to be crucified for that comment, my friend. How dare you? How dare you!

  13. Nov 29, 2010

    I’d like to see Derrida balanced on Kim Jong II’s head.

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  15. Nov 29, 2010

    Yeah, you need to get out more . . . 🙂

  16. Annie
    Nov 29, 2010

    I’m really curious about the direction the ringworm-giveaway blog is heading — both because of the sponsored posts thing (god, I hope this isn’t the wave of the future), but also because it’s not clear where the ‘brand’ is going in general. As far as I can tell the HGTV thing has petered out and posts are as sparse and as watered down as can be… Any sense, Anna?

  17. Nov 29, 2010

    To me personally it’s become devalued space. It’s like when I watch Megan Mullally sing about the “I can’t believe it’s not butter” ad. I cringe and think wow, you must be REALLY hard up to do this. I think the same thing about people who call themselves “REAL” writers and bloggers to be reckoned with who do content column advertising. I get the ads, but really when you have to do videos about toilet paper and bathroom use…um…..yeah…well it’s not good.

  18. Nov 29, 2010

    No, I’m curious too. I know she gets a lot of money for those placements. And I’ve seen some manipulations going on to keep the pageviews up — for example, the comments on the blog used to be paged at 50 comments per page, now they are down to ten (at least they were the last time I checked.) Through little tweaks like these, the pageviews over there have held steady at about 3.5 or so million per month since they went down from 6 million after Marlo’s birth. But the boost I think they thought they’d get from the addition of the community site obviously did not work — what happened instead was that the people who had hung out in the comment section talking to each other instead moved over to the community site and now talk to each other there — it didn’t result in a huge increase in pageviews.

    The thing is, though, she potentially has tons of offers behind the scenes that we don’t know about. There was a time when she shared what was going on with everybody on her blog, but she doesn’t do that anymore for a variety of reasons (and I don’t blame her, actually, for this, in many ways). I hesitate to say she doesn’t have some kind of other big thing going on because I mean, who knows? But I do hope there’s something in the works because I’ll admit I’m a little skeptical at present.

    She’s got 3 adults working full time over there. If all they are doing is that website then I’m kind of underwhelmed. If you read her archives, she was really great back in the day. I think people forget that sometimes, especially if they’ve only read her recently.

  19. Nov 29, 2010

    Well, OK, Michele, but as we know you’re a little biased on this particular front. 🙂

  20. Nov 29, 2010

    I obviously hate woman and have a serious eating disorder. I also, might, MIGHT, just be a gay man only interested in ten year old boys.

    Uh-oh…. someone out there on the internet was just triggered. I’m dead-meat.

  21. Nov 29, 2010

    I give her credit for being willing to experiment…but yeah. I wonder what the next year will bring for them, because like it or not, they’re certainly a bellwethers in this “industry.”

  22. Nov 29, 2010

    I’ve been wondering for a while what’s going on behind the scenes over there. 3 adults working full time, and someone who watches the girls at least some of the time, and yet I can’t for the life of me see that amount of work on this end of things. So there HAS to be some more going on behind the scenes, right?

    I do also think it’s interesting the sudden promotions in her space. That’s so not normal for her site. Granted, they’re big promos, and she’s one of only a very very few that can do that big of giveaways to make it worthwhile for the brand, but it’s still a departure that feels a little weird. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in that office sometimes.

    My list is up: http://rambleramble.com/2010/11/29/how-to-save-money-on-cyber-monday-and-any-other-time-youre-shopping-online/

  23. Nov 29, 2010

    Do we know for sure that the assistant is full-time?

    And what happened with HGTV? She made some remark a while back (on Twitter, I think) that made it sound like it was over, but I haven’t seen anything since.

    And what was the deal with the two daddybloggers who had sponsored posts that directed back to her for that video game giveaway?

    Now that I’m slowly coming out of my Thanksgiving-weekend hangover, I’m starting to realize that there really seems to be some sort of significant change happening there.

  24. Nov 29, 2010

    Yeah, I don’t know. I mean, people were resistant when she first ran ads and obviously that worked out for her, so probably I’m overreacting. But there was ANOTHER one today. ANOTHER ONE — four in just over two weeks WTF? Are they cashing out before the bottom falls out of social media? Are they on the run from the law? Does somebody over there need a new kidney? Will somebody please explain to me what the fuck is up? How is this a good idea? Am I the only one thinking this? Does this officially make me a “hater” now? Too many questions, yes?

  25. Nov 29, 2010

    OK, I don’t know that the assistant is full-time. But I do know that he seems very competent and a competent assistant is tough to find, and even tougher to find if part time. Speculation.

    HGTV was supposedly just to drive traffic to their website according to a source I have. Now, this is in contravention to what she said here on this site, and what she told me in person, but what I think this means is that her contract perhaps contained the possibility of a show or something but no guarantee. So I’m guessing, no, no show.

    My theory on the daddybloggers is this: they have really low traffic, so maybe in order to be put in on that deal they were required to do two posts instead of one?

    But still, FOUR sponsored posts in just over two weeks? SOMEBODY TELL ME WTF IS GOING ON? CAPS LOCK STUCK.

  26. Sara
    Nov 29, 2010

    I also have questions about WTF is going on over there, but none of them are related to the giveaways. I’m not as caught off guard by them as some people are because for some reason I was under the impression this was the norm for her; ie every year around the holidays doesn’t she usually do some big giveaway? I could be making this up, but didn’t she give away Wii’s one year? I’m not going to go look through the archives, but somehow I’ve been operating under the impression that this was business as usual.

    What is noticeably different for me is the day to day content. I hesitate to say anything because I like her a lot. I really do. But she’s not a stand up comedian and her little story-time antics blog posts don’t do it for me. I actually didn’t mind it when she got political or discussed the hippy diet she was on that made her sick or when she got cared away by the natural birth crusaders. I love the way she relates to new experiences and personal experiences and how she connects them to her audience. I miss that stuff. I keep reading and would never send a self-important “you’ve changed!” email, but I’m just not loving the slap stick and practical joke humor. I’m happy for them that their home seems to be a barrel of laughs, but I find myself yearning for a bit more substance.

  27. Cee
    Nov 30, 2010

    I would love to know what in the hell Dooce does all day that requires an assistant and a babysitter when both parents work at home and one child is in school all day. I know working from home is hard, but for fuck’s sake.

  28. Olivia
    Dec 2, 2010

    You forgot how radical (& I mean “radical” in Valley Girl speak)
    it is to “date” a “soap star” and still brag about it 10 years later 🙂

  29. Dec 24, 2010

    I would love to know what in the hell Dooce does all day that requires an assistant and a babysitter when both parents work at home and one child is in school all day. I know working from home is hard, but for fuck’s sake.

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