Friday, September 14, 2012
Is there no honor left on this earth? I believe the royal family should take the tabloid that published the photos - and the photographers - to court for invasion of privacy. They cannot let the media (legit or not) hound Kate the way they let them hound Diana. This beautiful young woman should be free to have a life.
Now, onto blog comments. Most of the comments I get are on-topic and constructive. My regular readers - and the vast majority of newcomers - are fabulous, knowledgeable people, and I love you all. I don't want to moderate my comments. I think the conversations in the comments are fascinating, and I love them. So, I moderate only comments on features that are more than two weeks old. That usually keeps the spammers at bay. Unfortunately, there is an occasional visitor who leaves an ugly comment.
I deleted one recent one quickly - as soon as I saw it. The anonymous writer accused me of having no integrity. You will recall that I criticized the fall Tom Ford collection. That's my right. It's my blog. I even wondered if the cowardly comment came from a Tom Ford representative, but the ones I know have too much integrity to write a comment as ugly as that one. She/he was sure I hadn't seen the collection and was snarky - both about me and my readers.
Yesterday (and I left up her comment yesterday, but responded strongly and then closed comments), a nitwit apparently took offense at our criticism of Kristen Stewart. Stewart is not exactly a role model of proper behavior, and apparently her fans aren't either. The commenter writes a silly blog, basically a family journal, believing that the world might be interested in her love letters to her perfect children.
It was a nasty comment about my blog. I cannot even imagine leaving a comment like she did - on anyone's blog. The anonymity of the Internet apparently brings out the nasty people everywhere. I have just deleted her comment and my response, "Well then, dear, you don't need to come back. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. People who emulate Stewart's rude and thoughtless behavior are not welcome at BTiB." I don't usually react so sharply, but I was really annoyed by the rude comment after a long day at work.
If she does come back, her comments will be deleted. There's no room for that kind of negativity here. Negative comments about products? Fine! We want to know what kind of experiences you've had. Negative comments about the blog, or my integrity, or the integrity of my readers? Nope! We are not going there. I hope you feel the same way. As for the perfect mother and her perfect family? I fear her perfect children will grow up to be like her.
Now, onto beauty! Let's talk about your week of beauty. It's time for the Friday Forum, our open chat. What new products did you discover this week? Did you find any deals you couldn't resist? Are you using a fabulous product and want to sing its praises? Did you find a beauty product disappointing? Do you have a question others might be able to answer? Want to talk about skin care? What's new in your life? Just use the comments. Don't be shy. Just make sure to ask any question you might have over the weekend. By early the next week, most (not all) readers will have moved on.
I purchased way too much during beauty week. My friends at work are enjoying their new totes, and I'll have little goodies to put in contest winner's boxes for awhile. Many thanks to all my sweet friends at Neiman Marcus. There are two more promotional events coming up, but I am having trouble getting photos: Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys New York. I placed my fragrance pre-order at Bergdorf Goodman with Maddi. You can reach her at (212) 872-2733.
Don't forget to enter the giveaway contest for LORAC's PRO Palette. The deadline is tomorrow, Saturday, September 15. I think the winner will love it.
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