Doubtblush: Outblush

Hello? Don't we know what we're supposed to be good for here at Outblush? Our editors are supposed to be scouring the interwebz looking for great new footwear, lacy dresses, and throw pillows, and telling all y'all where to find celebrity jewelry that we can't afford. And we're supposed to be answering endless personal shopper requests because otherwise all of those bridesmaids would be barefoot if not outright naked. But you know what we're NOT supposed to be doing? Trying anything new and giggly like the pink and purple sillypants we are. Like posts meant to entertain instead of inform (but certainly not designed to annoy). New things are like being bumped off the Soul Train mid-song. They mess with your groove. A few days' interruption for fun is NOT cool. It makes our readers get cranky and say really hurtful things, things that all of our editors read, because we do genuinely care that our readers have a great experience when visiting our site. We don't want anyone falling asleep on us or sharpening the pitchforks, and we certainly don't want to be clogging up anyone's RSS feed with "crap." So (by popular demand) how about if we get back to your regularly scheduled programing?

And in response to the demand that we fire the people responsible for the Doubtblush Deluge, we have, in fact, fired everybody, including the barista next door and the mailroom guy. Starting today all posts will be written by Manicorn, Miss M______, and Kat Von D.

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Posted on 04.02.12 at 12:09 PM

I LOVED the April Fool's Day Doubtblushes. I even pinned some of my favorites. Sorry if there was a bum reaction from some readers!


Posted on 04.02.12 at 12:16 PM

Overdone, again. A couple was funny. A few was like, "okay, for the slow people". But now you're like Minaj trying to outdo Hello Kitty and it's nauseating. Can we move along now?


Posted on 04.02.12 at 12:40 PM

Wow, people took this way too seriously. It's just a bit of fun and completely why all the animosity and anger? I appreciated the April Fool's joke, especially since I was expecting more from other sites I check and they didn't do anything. Good for you ladies for doing something creative...and everyone who didn't like it needs to chill out and find their sense of humor.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 12:55 PM

I don't think anyone was upset that you were trying something's just that it started before April Fool's Day and continued after, so it was overkill. This post is a little too defensive in my opinion. Isn't it part of a blogger's job to be receptive to readers' concerns?


Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:01 PM

Haters gonna hate.

You ladies can do no wrong in my eyes!
These doubtblush posts were HILARIOUS! Anyone who says differently needs to loosen up! It's April fools day people! Relax!

Thank you for making me laugh about 100 times during the past few days! Love you ladies! <3

Other Amy

Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:31 PM

I just want to echo what the first Amy said.

A little too defensive, the gag went on a bit too long.

Been feeling "over" OB for a while now, this whole thing may have just sealed the deal :(

Not Amy

Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:41 PM

I know it was April Fool's Day weekend, but I honestly thought your site was hacked.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:43 PM

So I forgot that it was April Fools Day! They were funny, so I was ironically concerned on FB. It did go a little long, but I can't believe some people got mad.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:46 PM

Last time I ever read this blog!


Posted on 04.02.12 at 1:57 PM

This is the most passive-aggressive post I've ever read.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 2:08 PM

Huh, well now everyone knows what happens when women get their period on April Fools.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 2:14 PM

Hey Outblush readers ... be willing to forgive a little bit! Yes the Doubtblush thing went on a bit long ... but give these girls some slack! I'm sure they will continue their awesomeness after this foray into Doubtblush! You're still checking multiple times per day to see what great finds they have posted! So, just chill and let them work and give you what you want :)


Posted on 04.02.12 at 3:21 PM

At first I knew it was April Fool's stuff then I did wonder if you had been hacked. Then I was just all fuggetaboutit. I guess you just have to be a practical joke lover. Glad to hear it's over and we can resume the usual fabulousnness. Carry on!!


Posted on 04.02.12 at 4:13 PM

Heh, typical Outblush, screw something up and then get butthurt when people call them out. Sorry, it was a bad decision, it went on too long, way too long to be funny.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 4:31 PM

I'm with Red and Amy 1 & 2 on this one. Anyone else see a pattern? Once again Outblush points an accusatory finger and pouts a trembly lower lip at their readers for expressing their opinion.

It's a very ugly, bad habit to continuously chastise your readers for voicing their opinion. Outblush needs to seriously consider looking for an even-keeled author to moderate their responses to dissenting opinions.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 4:33 PM

Outblush, it was OVERKILL. Same joke only funny once.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 4:53 PM

The only reason y'all even have a job is because of your many readers, so writing a passive-aggressive, blame-shifting post like this after pages upon pages of childish and completely unamusing doubtblush april fools posts is insulting. I get where you are coming from, Outblush. Nobody likes it when they think they have a great idea but everybody else thinks it is lame. It sucks and is embarrassing. But you shouldn't work for a website if you can't handle your follower's negative feedback. I was hoping this would be addressed with poise and an apology for wasting our time, but I'm dissapointed again.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 5:24 PM

Wow. It's just a few days of April Fools' posts. Nothing to get so worked up about. You Outblush ladies still rock.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 7:12 PM

I think V has summed it up in a very tidy, polite package.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 7:21 PM

Hate to fan the fire, but since we're sharing opinions...not all/most of your readers are upset by this. I appreciated the wit and humor in the posts - but have LOVED reading the outrage from the unfunny vocal minority who can't go 2 days without new products being added to "their" shopping blog. How dare you waste their time? Absolutely hilarious.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 7:40 PM

I agree with Red, Amy(s) and Valentine ... I am really surprised at how inept this blog/blog editors are when it comes to handling criticism. This post sounds like it was written by a sulking child. Disappointing


Posted on 04.02.12 at 7:44 PM

april fools is april 1st, before is not 3+ days of the same joke over and over again. i'm all for april fools pranks, but it really should have been contained to the day. i bet if they had done that everyone would have had a good laugh and moved on.


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Posted on 04.02.12 at 8:13 PM

I also feel that it was just dragged on for too long... maybe if you had made all those topics one list instead of SEVER individual posts then it would have worked a bit better. I love April fools pranks like what Google does and even Moo had a funny one but to drag on and on was just over kill. Then for you to write this post was like beating a dead horse... good grief, I feel like you may have lost a few readers.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 8:25 PM

I visited the Outblush site last week and was confused and disappointed by the layout, but just went to a different site instead. Just came back to find the last post and felt like I was being told off by a self rightous teenager. If you have a money generating website and try something new, you may get feedback. It may not be good and all the commenters may not be as constructive with their criticism as they should be. You are a business - Suck it up. Trying to shame your readers because they didn't like your idea is immature and inappropriate. I didn't think you owed your readers an apology until the failed idea was handled so poorly.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 8:36 PM

"I didn't think you owed your readers an apology until the failed idea was handled so poorly." -Amy

I definitely was just going to ignore the onslaught of April Fools posts without comment until I saw this post in response to the criticism they received.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 8:48 PM

What I can't understand is why you don't like massages or hugs! That's just weird. I mean, caramel apples are great! What is wrong with you guys!? THIS IS AMERICA! It is unamerican to not like those things.

Oh, wait. It was all a joke? You mean, we all have a choice in whether or not we come to your website? How odd.

This is the internet, people. If you don't like something, don't comment on pages and drive tons of traffic to that website. Simply go somewhere else, and spare the rest of us.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 9:03 PM

I'm with the commenters who think the complainers are out of line. I mean, while you're saying that Outblush sounds like a petulant, trembly-lipped child (nice imagery, there!) and the readers deserve an apology, you totally sound like entitled, spoiled brats.

I'm not saying I love the Doubtblush:Outblush post - it's not the way I would have handled it - but I'm saying.... IF you take it seriously (um, DON'T), what did you expect? I've seen Outblush apologize other times, so it's not like they don't know how.

Get over yourself, you snobbish, grumbling, selfish whiners!

And yes, this is coming from someone who has her own blog and has implemented many ideas on it - both successful and not. So maybe my perspective is a bit skewed. Flame away.


Posted on 04.02.12 at 10:25 PM

great joke, ladies. keep being silly and i'll keep reading your blog!


Posted on 04.03.12 at 2:45 AM

Hahaha, the best part of all of this has been reading the flounce. Wow, some people do take the intenet way too seriously!

Keep it up outblush ladies- loving the works as always!


Posted on 04.03.12 at 7:17 AM

The Doubtblush posts went on WAY too long, I think most people agree on that. It's one thing to have a cute post or two for April Fool's day but it went on for 3 days. Your readers have a sense of humor but we're also not 8 years old.

However, I'm also a little surprised at how pouty and defensive the editors reaction was. I'm not sure what they expected from their readership after so many silly (and very similar posts). At least cop to your error in judgement like an adult and then we can move on.

Yes, we all know this is a free website (for us) and we're all free to visit other ones, but it's also a successful money-making business so there is some responsibility to the viewers. If your favorite TV show (which you watch for free) did something to upset the viewers you would expect an appropriate mea cupla. Same thing should have happened here.


Posted on 04.03.12 at 1:03 PM

Jenni, I don't think it's so much that people think they deserve an apology, but since Outblush DID bother to address it, they felt they deserved something better.

I think that if it had been contained to one day most of the people complaining would have just rolled their eyes and moved on. But it went on for 3 days and we got a pouty, defensive "apology" to come back at the people complaining.

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