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You Tell Us: The Future (??) of Dear Outblush

Some of you like our new feature, Dear Outblush. Some of you, however, begged to differ (loudly and rudely at times).

In the interest of democracy, here's a poll. Answer at your own risk.

P.S. Got more to say? We're all eyes. Comment away!

Comments


Jennifer

Posted on 06.01.11 at 2:32 PM

I look at it like any other article. If it doesn't apply to me I skip it and don't read it. The end.

Annie

Posted on 06.01.11 at 3:00 PM

Outblush, you are losing focus ....

Rebecca V-H

Posted on 06.01.11 at 3:24 PM

You only posted one - and it was a bit much in my opinion. It was too serious, encompassed too many problems, dabbled a bit into law and overall didn't seem to apply to your readership.
I think you should keep it but I'd rather see things like "Do navy and black ever match?" and "What is a good gift for a 28 year old slacker family memeber graduate?" and "How can I display this ugly framed photo that my mother in law got me while still staying in her good graces?"
Maybe even some social situations (like the Dear Outblush), but focus on how to act at Christmas or how to style a chingon.
More lighthearted, less drama.

Rebecca V-H

Posted on 06.01.11 at 3:30 PM

Oh, nevermind, I see you did 2. Anyway, my opinions still hold.

Abby

Posted on 06.01.11 at 3:35 PM

I agree with Jennifer. Maybe for the people who can't handle all the humanity you could just place the majority of the story & responses behind a link. I think it's a nice feature for those awkward social situations where you just don't know how to handle it, and the people who you would normally go to for advice are the people you are having the difficulty with.

Brittany

Posted on 06.01.11 at 3:41 PM

haha @janetor! Personally, I love it (but I think I'd love whatever y'all do!)!

Brianne

Posted on 06.01.11 at 5:35 PM

I have read Outblush for at least 3 years now, I am not quite sure I love it as much as I once did. The items seem more random and cheap...not inexpensive but cheap and the extra commentaries seem non-shopping related. I think Rebecca V-H hit the nail on the head, but along side that I would like to see more editing of the content you post.

Otherwise, you are a great inspiration site and funny as all get out- keep up the good work and explore new things, just don't settle for the 'meh' cause it's easy ;)

Pamela Daley

Posted on 06.01.11 at 6:13 PM

I too have been reading Outblush since the beginning and of course it is different now then it was when it first started or even last year. Life - even fashion blogs - is all about change. We're not talking "YOU WILL READ & LOVE ALL POSTS!" This is vountary, My Lovelies! Best to be 'cas' about it, I say; save your outrage for something truly important.

Like Rebecca I would like to see the Dear Outblush more in line with the theme of the blog but not put on the side - I'd never see it if it was there!

Finally, I'm super grateful that a bunch of women get together and put this blog out every day (even weekends) and that they try new things all the time. They are doing it for me.....and you.

joods

Posted on 06.01.11 at 6:21 PM

I love Outblush. Having said that, here's my thought: If there's something shopping related that I have no interest in...I skip it. If "Dear Outblush" is of no interest to me, I'll just skip that too. Easy. Discuss... :)

Kate

Posted on 06.01.11 at 7:18 PM

I, too, think Rebecca V-H really pin-pointed the issue most of us have with 'Dear Outblush'. Personal issues just don't seem relevant to the site. I'd love to see a shopping oriented 'Dear Outblush'.

I think we could all benefit from advise on: "How can I display this ugly framed photo that my mother in law got me while still staying in her good graces?" :)

sara

Posted on 06.01.11 at 7:56 PM

I like Outblush a lot. Because I like indulging in girly-girl shopping time, terrible consumerist time, and I-can't-believe-someone-would-buy-that-time. While I can just read the first paragraph of a Dear Outblush article, I think I would like them more if they were on a different tab/a different site linked on the main page/in the sidebar. I think I'd read it when I felt like it, and browse wonderful shopping goodies the rest of the time.

mel

Posted on 06.01.11 at 9:11 PM

As long as there aren't fewer posts on awesome shoes, dresses, and snail-related office supplies, I don't care whether or not there's an advice column. It doesn't bug me. I'll read it.

Rachel

Posted on 06.01.11 at 11:31 PM

Hi,

I've always wondered why most if not all of your posts are for makeup, hair items etc for PRIMARILY Caucasian women. It's so very evident and quite sad that you never show makeup products and such for other ethnicity's! Clue up, other races have access to the internet and may frequent your blog looking for item's for themselves! But im near stopping now...STOPPED

Sarah

Posted on 06.02.11 at 2:39 AM

I've never felt compelled to write a comment, but I've read outblush since the beginning. Back when you had that little uncrate link in the upper right. And I felt that through the years, uncrate has done things right, and outblush hasn't. It's over-crowded, there are way too many cheap things and honestly I will read uncrate over outblush any day (even though it's geared towards men) because they post interesting items, are visually appealing, and they have the 'ask' questions which is exactly like Rebecca suggested - this isn't a gossip blog, it's gone in a million directions and has no focus. You have some great posts, but 9 times out of ten I would never buy some of the stuff. Also, the doubtblush stuff I always scroll through. Please go back to your roots!

bowers

Posted on 06.02.11 at 4:41 AM

I agree with Sarah; Outblush wasn't "broken" and therefore didn't need "fixing." While change can sometimes be good, it wasn't in this case. I read Gawker and Jezebel for my gossip.

katie (the first one)

Posted on 06.02.11 at 4:59 AM

Just as a clarification, funny enough, the second & third 'Katie' were not me. I thought my initial comment was annoyed, but not angry. Anyway, glad to see it prompted discussion. I voted for the 'not Jerry Springer option' though I'd rather see more shoppable items than an influx moustaches and bacon items (I'm guessing that was a joke).

Jolene

Posted on 06.02.11 at 9:05 AM

I liked this site better when the makers of Uncrate still owned it. Now it's quite lame and unfocused.

Visabella

Posted on 06.02.11 at 11:53 AM

I felt like I was reading the granny newspapers :(

Please get rid of Dear Outblush!

Cassie

Posted on 06.02.11 at 2:22 PM

I don't get what the big fuss is about. 'Dear Outblush' doesn't change anything about the site - if you don't like the article/it doesn't apply to you, scroll passed it just like you would if you saw a sweater you'd never wear. It's really not that hard.
This is a women's site and I don't think it's crazy for them to introduce a 'Dear Abby' type of post. There has always been commentary with the items featured on here, so why can't fellow women get real advice from the people they're already getting their shopping suggestions from?

Nadia

Posted on 06.02.11 at 4:56 PM

I am mainly commenting, to give words of incouragement to the Outblush ladies.
It has been known for decades on top of decades that you can't please everyone....oh..and women b***ch because they care.
I am rather new to the blog, so I have had less time to grow angry towards you obviously. But, I enjoy your wit, advice, and the products you feature. Often there are subjects or items that don't appeal to me or my lifestyle but I just scroll past. No biggie!
So just remember ladies after you get reamed with comments, it's because they care.

Hillary

Posted on 06.04.11 at 7:51 AM

Hi ladies! Thought I'd weigh in here.

The "Dear Outblush" idea shows some major scope-creep is going on. It's always tempting to go with the "do more!" attitude - but don't do more, do less and do it well.
This is a fashion blog - stick to fashion and tighten up what you're already good at.

If you want to "do more" interactive pieces, try adding a Fashion Expert component (perfume specialists, seamstresses, models, interior designers, etc etc etc).

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