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Featured Blogger: Pascale Lemire of Dogshaming

by Paige Wilcox
Friday, November 30th, 2012

Dogs have been shaming and embarrassing themselves throughout the ages. What’s new is the perfect platform for sharing such behavior through hilarious and adorable pics on Pascale Lemire’s Dogshaming.com. Lemire took some time out to fill us in on the history and work that goes into running this incredibly popular and addictive site:

Q: When and why did you start Dogshaming?

A: I started Dogshaming in mid-August. It all started when my fiance, Mike, and I caught our more mischievous dog under the bed, chewing on Mike’s underwear. There was only the elastic band left. After laughing so hard that we cried, we started to get concerned. Was he going to be okay? Then he threw up part of them and the rest…well, you know. So Mike thought it would be funny to shame him, so he took a picture of Beau, which I posted on my personal blog. Within 12 hours, we’d amassed over 600 likes. So we started up Dogshaming, and the rest is history.

Q: How many picture submissions do you receive on average?

A: We receive probably over 500 submissions a day.

Q: From those submissions, have you found that any particular breed tends to be more frequently shameful?

A: Oh, yes: pitbulls, wiener dogs, labs and weimaraners are some of the most submitted.

Q: What pets do you have? Have they been featured on the site?

A: I have two weenies. They’ve both been showcased numerous time on the blog.

Q: What do your family and friends think of the site?

A: Everyone thinks it’s so funny. I’ve been really fortunate to have received very little backlash from this blog.

Q: What blogs do you read?

A: I read quite a few personal blogs from friends, but the popular ones I check are The Frogman, CuteOverload, Buzzfeed (we were featured in the 54 Best Tumblrs Started in 2012) and Awkward Family Photos.

Q: How much time do you spend on Dogshaming daily?

A: I spend approximately 6-8 hours a day working on submissions, Adoptable Fridays, correspondence, charities, etc. I’m a one-woman show, so it’s a full-time job!

Q: How much do you correspond one-on-one with readers?

A: I try to respond to all inquiries on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr within 12 hours. I am very active as our readership is the reason we’re still in business. Often, our readers have good ideas on how to improve the site.

Q: What joys did you not expect when you started the site? What pains?

A: The Adoptable Fridays is definitely the most fulfilling part of the blog. Being able to help these wonderful dogs who have no permanent home definitely makes up for the less fun parts. Every once in a while, I’ll receive a lude picture as a submission, or someone will tweet us about how terrible our site is and that we should quit Twitter. But then I realize, I have 18,000+ Twitter followers for a reason, and more than how many people read our blog every day? One person who hates our blog vs. hundreds of thousands who love it. Makes it easy to get past the negative.

Q: Which post has made you LOL the most?

A: Having seen close to 50,000 submissions, it’s hard to remember the ones who make me laugh. I think this one is probably one of the funniest, though.

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Honey, I’m Blogging – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Between the Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child, honey is really on trend right now.  Need further proof? Here’s a slew of honey-related posts from around the Blogads network:

Dogshaming showcases a shameful, honey-loving pup.

How could you be mad at a face like that?

Honey Pistachio makes Chocolate and Zucchini’s list of “Three Very Good Things:”

The other two aren’t half bad either.

Tom and Lorenzo highlight Evangeline Lilly’s new look:

Oh, honey…

The Pintester makes a Hot Toddy remedy for her sick day:

A whiskey, lemon and honey drink that explicitly DOES NOT make you feel worse is an endorsement I can get behind.

Turntable Kitchen shares a recipe for a Strawberry-Ginger Kefir Shake:

This is worth a look, even if just to find out what kefir is. Also, the only other ingredient unlisted in the recipe name is honey, in case you were wondering how this fits the week’s theme.


photo by flickr user BotheredByBees

Coming to our party?

by Henry Copeland
Monday, November 19th, 2012

If you do business with us, either as a blogger or as an advertiser, you’re definitely invited to our 10th anniversary party next Tuesday here in Durham at the Pinhook. Be sure to RSVP so we know how many pigs to roast.

Hottest Tickets in Town – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, November 15th, 2012

You’re officially invited to attend some awesome blogger-hosted events coming up. You can rest assured that each one is individually and simultaneously the social event event of the season. Check out what the bloggers around the Blogads network have been up to:

Gala Darling announces the location and date for the next Blogcademy meet-up:

There’s definitely a reason why she’s known as an international playgirl.

Immaculate Infatuation hosts the 3rd Annual Turkey Leg Ball later this month:

Consider Thanksgiving to be your practice day.

Your Life After 25‘s Da Vinci is organizing the first ever Blog Workshop May 17-19, 2013:

10% of the ticket purchases are going straight to Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children, Wellspring Living, and Suicide Prevention.

Alexi features weekly, interactive BOYCRAZY RADIO episodes on IMBOYCRAZY:

Last night’s episode includes special guest Kassem G. I’m not entirely sure who that is, but I am entirely sure you should be listening to the podcast right now.

It’s a CoverBoy Face-Off on Tom and Lorenzo:

This isn’t necessarily an event, but then again, yes, yes it is. All of you “Bitter Kittens” can vote with your comments.


photo by flickr user digital_image_fan

Veteran’s Day Highlights – Barometer

by kaley
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Welcome to the thirteenth post in our Barometer series, reflecting on Veteran’s Day with the military blogosphere.

Blackfive – Unit Mottos
In the comments section, servicemen share their favorite mottoes, from “Character makes the man” to “Keep up the fire!”

Welcome Home Blog – U.S. Soldier Video-Chats with Kids, Then Shows Up in Person to Surprise Them
Beware, this military homecoming video will tug at your heartstrings.

Castle Argghhh! – Veteran’s Day 2012
This staple milblog honors living veterans with a collection of cartoons and anecdotes.

Photo from: Green River Community College

A Welcome Break from Politics – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Thursday, November 8th, 2012

There have been whispers floating around that there may or may not have been some sort of election thing going on this week.  To help you snap out of the political coverage coma you’re likely still recovering from, here’s some non-political  features (remember those?) that you may have missed this week:

Regretsy showcases a typewriter that makes cocktails:

I feel like this is a contraption that Belle’s dad would have made in Beauty and the Beast. Crazy, old Maurice!

IMBOYCRAZY’s Alexi lists her top 75 reasons that keep her from wanting to die:

Thinking about the next thing I’m going to eat typically does it for me.

Tom and Lorenzo highlight the First Lady’s fashion:

I know that I said that there would only be political-free posts, but Michelle Obama’s fashion is always on point, objectively speaking, of course.

Turntable Kitchen features Sufjan Stevens’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banners:”

It’s like a patriotic sedative. Perfect timing, but also enjoyable any time of year.

Organic Authority lists laughter as a potential exercise:

I’m cancelling my gym membership immediately.


photo by flickr user Fraser Mummery

President Romney, Conservative Bloggers, Voter Suppression and more – Barometer

by kaley
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Welcome to the twelfth post in our Barometer series, helping you gauge the atmosphere in the political blogosphere on Election Day.

Informed Comment – Top Ten Coming Disasters: Romney’s America 2016
Juan Cole explores what America will look like 4 years from now with President Romney, from vouchers to voter suppression.

Right Wing News – Polling Conservative Bloggers on the 2012 Election
RWN’s survey of 63 conservative bloggers shows 92.6% are voting for Romney and 87.9% believe he’ll win the election.

Plunderbund – [exclusive] “Vote at Home” Suppression Scheme Uncovered
Know your canvassers- don’t be duped into “voting” remotely today!

Powerline – “Conservativism is Calling”
This “America Rising”-esque video has become Powerline’s most-read and most-viewed post of all time.

Photos from: Gage Skidmore, Donkey Hotey

Sandy Not Slowing Down These Bloggers – Links from the Blogads Network

by Paige Wilcox
Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Post Sandy Sky

Hurricane Sandy has seriously affected so many people, homes and businesses this week, and that severity is not lost on us. This week, we’re shining a light on some of the storm-related posts–some with more (and arguably needed) levity than others. Between food contests, tongue-in-cheek survival guides and well-deserved doses of comic relief, there was no shortage of Hurricane Sandy coverage across the Blogads network this week:

Immaculate Infatuation wants you to enter your creative and delicious rations in their #SandySnacks Instagram contest:

Judging from some of the incredible pics, there’s no excuse for the rest of us to settle for microwaved ramen noodles tonight.

Gala Darling offers up 100 ideas to keep boredom at bay when you’re stuck inside:

I need to find out what a Monster High doll is.

Gala also provided a more serious and personal recap of what was going on in NYC after the storm:

Bill Cunningham is THE BEST.

Betches Love This have their very own Hurricane Sandy survivor guide:

It’s good to be prepared…in the betchiest way possible.

When #WhatShouldWeCallMe heard that all of their friends and family survived Sandy:

Hope everyone in the Northeast and/or with friends and family up there is doing well and able to get back to normal soon!!


photo by flickr user max_wei

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