For SH Readers ONLY: All Others… Close Your Eyes; Keep ‘Em Closed… Walk Away

Dear SH Readers,

First, thank you for reading SH.   There are some small changes, which I wanted to address with you.  I value my readers… in particular the readers who have been with SH from the beginning… so, it is only courteous to explain the changes to SH.  They are NOT big changes at all, but still, IMO, it’s just good manners to let you know what’s going on.

As you are aware, there are some ads on SH.  If you feel like clicking on them, fine… if not, that’s fine, too.  As mentioned on SH a few months ago, I said that there would be NO ads on SH.  The internet ad companies that have been requesting space have been turned down multiple times and unless one of them comes back with a bigger signing bonus and a ton of money, there will just be the unobtrusive Google ads.  For now… I am just trying them out.  The Google ads may stay or they may not… and, again, click ‘em or not!  If you do, thank you in advance… it’s much appreciated.  As for them being permanent… we’ll see how this goes!

                                                                                      Yeah, you old troll… gimme a t-shirt with that pizza!!!

Next… the t-shirts which were mentioned in the Blind Item several days ago are almost ready.  You will know when they will be available, as there will be a PayPal button on SH if anyone wishes to purchase one when they arrive… which will be any day now!

Last… I have also been re-thinking my stance on interviews.  When I wrote saying that there would be NO ads, I also wrote saying that there would be NO interviews with any of the Housewives.  As you know, I’ve been approached to conduct interviews with Housewives; however, there were restraints required of what I could ask the cast member during the interview.

Here’s my dilemma:  accept the offer to interview the Housewife with the restrictions so that the information that the Housewife and/or their PR rep wants to jam down your throats gets to you quicker because it’s gonna come out anyway… OR… screw ‘em and accept NO interview offers unless some real questions can be asked of the cast member? I would greatly appreciate any feedback re this interview matter as I’m really torn about it.

I already feel as though I have caved in to “da man” and gone all “establishment” by accepting the Google ads, so on one hand I’m thinking that by posting “canned” interviews I’m going even deeper into the abyss of “Bravo-think”… kind of accepting the fact that the Housewives franchises are blatantly “producer-induced,” so why not publish the swill that they wish you to know via their interviews.  Or, would you, as readers, rather read a discussion with a cast member based on questions that we as viewers, and you as readers of SH, would really want to know about the cast member being interviewed (if that would at all be possible)?  Again, would appreciate any feedback!  You could even say that you simply don’t care either way!

Thank you for reading SH!  SH is just shy of the 3 million mark in under a year’s time… and that milestone could never have been reached if not for YOU.  So, again, thank you.


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66 comments on “For SH Readers ONLY: All Others… Close Your Eyes; Keep ‘Em Closed… Walk Away

  1. Please no interviews. They say nothing anyway. I love this site, read it religiously. Please mo interviews unless, in some way, it will help your career.

  2. The add thing is fine. No biggie. No harm in getting paid to entertain. As long as the adds aren’t animated it wont slow down how quickly your site loads when I read it from my cell phone. As far as the interviews go only do the ones where u can ask what u want. The housewives have blogs on the bravo site. This is your site. If I want to read only what bravo wants me to know I will read their website. They are using your site for publicity so it should be a give and take. Don’t give in and go easy on them. Your site is witty and honest. Keep it that way!

  3. I don’t comment much but I love your site. So with that being said, do what you want as it is your’s. As for interviews, I think you should ask any question you want (isn’t that part of being in the public eye and the point of interviews).

    Again love your writing!

  4. ads are one thing its not that bad but do not do the interviews like you said they are not going to reveal anything that has not been “scripted” plus you are already successful without doing any interviews 3 million within a year way to go screw the interviews you dont need them

  5. DO THE INTERVIEW!!! You can always preface it that there were restrictions. I think this website is FABULOUS and it will bring the readers you deserve.

    Also, who cares about the ads?? We all have bills and you should pay yours, everyone knows how ads work and you are not trying endorse anything. Don’t want to go bankrupt, lol!

  6. SH– do the interviews if you get to
    be the director of conversation !
    this is your pony to ride,
    –and we readers are lucky
    that you’ve invited us along!!
    again, only if YOU get to call
    all the shots !!
    thanks for asking!

  7. Interviews would increase your readership, and therefor your click through rate. And who doesn’t want growth??? I say, why not?

  8. I don’t want to read PR stuff that everyone else gets. An exclusive where they really tell it all, is fine. But they never will. No! The ads are great, if you profit, because you work so hard, and should be rewarded in some way. You’ve been a great friend and a fair person to all of us. I do not begrudge you any success…You are in the top rankings of housewife sites. The interviews have to be a no holds bar…Not that crap that is already out there…those housewives that are interviewed…CRICKETS!

    • yes yes yes. so much can be said by what they are not saying.
      MS SH congrats on your almost 3 mil mark and all the success with your site.

  9. MS.SH,
    You have done an amazing job with this and I love your site and it is the ONLY site I ever post on, I like it here. The ads do not bother me, I think you should keep em. Then you can use the money to buy Becky some super spy gear and maybe she can get a pic of Juicy in the act lol. Seriously though, I think you have done such a good job and I really respect it, I say you should follow your own instincts and do what feels right, so far it has served you well. If the choice were mine I would say only do interviews if the housewives are willing to answer YOUR questions. If you do that then it will probably be a non-issue since they will all be to scared to come on here! It has to feel good though they want to come in and do interviews right!! congrats, I’m cool with whatever you decide.

  10. My feeling on the ads are neutral, if they help keep this website going, then keep them on.
    As far as interviews go, I’m not interested in hearing a real housewife interview. In my opinion they are owned by Bravo and their own desperate need to be famous (even if it is for fifteen minutes). Though I believe you would try to get real answers to real questions, these people are selling themselves on reality t.v., and it’s their bread and butter. I would really miss your information on what seems the unvarnished truth, not the lies or deceptions these people already exhibit. Not to say that I don’t love to hear about their antics and behavior, but I don’t care about them selling their side, I can read their twitters to hear that opinion. Stay true to yourself S.H., you already sound like it’s not a decision you want to make anyway, and I agree…no Real Housewives on here, only housewife watchers.

  11. Thank you Ms. SH for all your hard work on this site. I truly enjoy it and look forward to perusing it daily…always something new, witty and funny to read. I will definitely be purchasing a t-shirt. The interviews should be based on real questions (maybe taken from your loyal followers?) just a thought (more like a dream). Whatever you decide it will be the right thing. :)

  12. long time reader first time posting! the ads are no big deal. nothing good is free :) as for the interviews, you get to the truth without them. even if you were allowed to ask legit questions you just get lies in return. not worth your time. cheers to you!

  13. Everything has been said; so in short… ads: keep. Interviews: what SHFan said. In closing, you’re the best in the biz and whatever you choose to do, you know we’ll support ‘cha! ;-)

  14. The ads are a necessary evil and totally understandable. These canned interviews are a different thing..I agree with your observation ( and I paraphrase) that it’s like falling down Bravo’s rabbit hole. I’ve never posted before but have enjoyed this site for awhile and just had to throw in my two cents. Good luck with the decision!

  15. I dont mind ads, bc i automatically tune them out. As for the interviews, i would hate to see you get swept up in the b.s. like some other bloggers, who then end up in the HWs pocket. Of course, if you can do interviews that dont make you feel dirty and used afterward, have at it. Whatever u choose, we are behind you:)

  16. Ms SH, Quick Question – Would the interviews be done by phone? or video? or just written questions and answers?

  17. You have a comedic type of personality. We all know that by reading your blog. That’s what keeps us all coming back…the funny. If you interview a houswife, like SHFan said, call them out on what they wouldn’t answer. We know you will not give us,”So what is your secret to staying so thin?” Then we’ll all be like THEM and tell you what a great interview…NOT! You got this girl, I know you won’t disappoint either way…’cause we all have that address.

  18. Noooooo to interviews. My thoughts are that you would feel that you would be compromising your journalistic integrity. Your blatant honesty and call-it-like-you-see-it style is what keeps us coming back for more. Now if you could conduct non-scripted interviews with the housewives who quit or got canned, then that would be a different story

  19. This is your site oh great one. You should have whatever freedom to ask whatever you want to ask. So take that and smoke it in your pipe HW! LOL…Oh and yeah would be cool if we could throw in a few questions also. With your A OK….

  20. I’d pay money For You to have a No holds barred Interview with Taylor and Chewy Joodice
    Those You can only ask “these questions ” interviews are never fun or informative

  21. I’m just gonna go ahead and basically ditto what everyone else was sayin. I didn’t plan to respond but thought it better to have a larger set of data to work with.
    I’m totally fine with google ads. They are so less intrusive. I’m cool with ads in general if they aren’t aggressive and keep me from viewing the actual content of the site.
    As far as interviews go, I think most of us, as mentioned in above comments, are aware and attracted to your integrity (& humor) I personally have no doubt that you’ll make the decision that benefits you an your readers best. If the HWs really want to use your platform, you will find a way to comprise the interview material without compromising your integrity. You never know. You may find sneaky ways to get some interesting answers from them! If the interviews are all PR fluff, then I think you’ll be smart enough to know…
    Guess that’s it!
    Thanks for asking for our opinion! Oh, and I would support whatever decision you end up making. It’s your site after all!

  22. I agree with everyone who posted above me!
    One of the wonderful things about this site is that is is an extension of you and you’ve attracted posters/readers who like your vibe and the vibe of the site…so along that line I would say that unless you can find a way to conduct the interviews in a way that stays true to yourself, don’t do them at all. You probably won’t enjoy them much and it will translate to us. Whatever you decide to do, I don’t think you are in any danger of becoming a suck up to Bravo, It doesn’t seem like your style or intent for this site.
    We are all so tired of the Bravo HW marketed persona’s, the masks they wear, and their personal agenda’s to profit from their “fame”.
    I think it would be interesting if you interviewed people who are affiliated/related or have scoop on the HW’s and we all got to know some of the behind the scenes deals about the HW’s or their men. Even if you interviewed someone who was a friend/relative in good standing of one of them, as long as the rules of your site and your interview’s was that you can ask whatever you want, you would at least be able to get a real read on the person being discussed and the person you were interviewing.
    It might take a little research, but I think it would be interesting, a unique angle and fun to think of questions to ask. You could even throw it out to the readers of your site once you know you will be interviewing the person and see if you can work some proposed questions into your interview.
    Whatever you do, I will keep on enjoying your site and I think it’s cool that you ask your readers what they think about some of the decisions you make regarding
    And(last thing) I don’t mind the ad’s one bit. I think you should be rewarded for what you do in every way possible and allow all the goodies to come back to you..I wouldn’t mind full blown ads, as long as nothing blinks, makes weird “you’ve won” sounds or pops up suddenly I’m cool.

  23. Life is short….go with your gut and do what makes you happy. Try to make sure you have an “out” in either case…..If you get stressed then bail! We’ll back you either way.

  24. SH, as you know, I recently found your site. And I love the support and sense of community here; it feels like I’m hanging with a bunch of good friends – and for that, I thank you heartily!

    So — YES! You must accept ads. You absolutely deserve to make money. When you start a blog and it grows, organically, to become a must-read for a certain demographic, it is an HONOR that the advertisers want to support you. For this, too, I say “Congrats!” It is NOT selling out. It’s a sign of success from hard work and dedication.

    Regarding the interviews. I am also a writer and do interviews as part of my work. I interviewed Dina once and it was, for me, quite enjoyable.

    You are indeed in a rock and a hard place with interviews. When you are NOT allowed to venture out of the tight safebox, it makes for a very boring, repetitive piece. If you have to follow script — you may lose the very factor that makes this blogsite extremely popular — its unique essence of natural conversation.

    I do hope my insight is of some value to you. Again, thanks for this terrific site! XOXO, Robin

  25. I totally agree with hereswhat. You have to do what is right for you and your site. The subscribers might really enjoy it in the long run (change can be hard, going from IE to Chrome ETC…). It is just which shoulder do you listen to. The devil side or the angel side. Good luck to you. In addition, I have contacted word-press numerous times to correct the site you have. They are screwing it up as still not repaired. I am not saying I will unsubscribe I just wish they would take your site in to more consideration for repair. XXOO Good Luck.

  26. SH please don’t succumb to restricted interviews! If you bend over and only let them decide the questions, then they are using you and your website so they can look they way THEY want to. I love your website because you always attempt to show all angles of the story and not hold back unflattering details. You work too hard to let some silly housewife have you ask questions to paint herself in a flattering light (we aren’t interested in that anyway!). You are wayyyy too good for that!

  27. Ms SH
    I will support whatever you decide, as it is your blog, and you deserve to make some money!!! You are a talented writer with excellent grammar skills, unlike some of the others out there who cannot form complete sentences!
    Do whatever feels good for you!
    I enjoy clicking ads, so I do it frequently!!!

    ~Mr. R

  28. I see you really have Bravo going…they NEEd you more than you need them. Great job, whatever you decide is A-OK with me. Isn’t it refreshing not to see Taylor splashed all over the tv this week?.

  29. Give at least one interview a try, I would love to see your hilarious Ms SH spin on it.

    Yes to ads, make yourself some money from this.

    Your blog is the most entertaining of all the RHW blogs i’ve seen & the only one I comment on & send my FB stalking finds. So well done, thanks & keep up the good work.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself Panda so I just add a big “ditto” to your post (all except the FB part. Can’t remember last time I logged on) :)

  30. I would say give the interviews a try because I KNOW YOU would ask the GOOD questions we discuss on here. The TRUE question and the REAL ones…not the easy ones Andy always asks. Stay true to who you are MS. SH! Love ya and the site!

  31. Congrats on nearing 3 million!!!!!

    I don’t see how you’ve held out on ads for so long. Someone’s gotta help defray the cost of taste testings (Skinnygirl margarita, blk water, etc.) and with this Brownstone sauce coming out well, the ads can’t come soon enough.

    As for interviews, I think there’s enough interviews on Bravo, talk shows and other websites and I am not that motivated to read them. But if you choose to pursue, you should consider publishing any conditions placed on the interview (questions/topics that were off-limits) and any questions the HW refused to answer.

    Also, I think it might be interesting to read interviews of non-HWs. For example, behind-the-scenes interviews with supporting characters or your insiders whose identity you could still protect.

  32. I say that unless they agree to let you ask whatever you want to ask don’t waste your time with a scripted interview! Thank you for all you do and who cares about ads? I don’t and I wouldn’t fault anyone for putting them on their site…. Except the pop up overly elaborate ones- those I don’t like. Thanks for being real with us!

  33. I have to think that bravo is trying to dig its claws into this popular site to eventually have some type of control over its content. If you want to keep this site as a ‘free speech’ type of site I wouldn’t sign ANYTHING from Bravo. You can bet that within the agreement stating what questions can or can’t be asked you will find that it will go into what can and can’t be expressed/exposed on the site. I think they want to lock this down.

    • Korlvex: Thank you! Doubt very much if I can agree to doing something that I know will cause me grief and remorse afterward. Really, just wanted some honest opinions from SH readers and I’m getting them! So, thank you, again! TFC!!! SH

  34. Don’t fall into the Bravo hole… it’s greased up and once you fall in it, you won’t be able to get out! I agree with everyone so far… do not do the interviews IF they are Bravo-approved or fed to you by some PR outfit. Sca-rew those people! I would like to read the answers to real questions, not the junk that is fed by Bravo. But, I don’t think that would be possible… so no interviews. As for the ads, they don’t bother me a bit and I’ll be clicking.

    And, can’t wait to see the t-shirts!!!

  35. I am not interested in the interviews unless you can ask any question you want.
    Bloggers such as Reality Tea have become shills for Bravo ever since compromising in this area.
    With the Taylor Armstrong situation, we have seen and experienced first-hand the manipulative power of Bravo and PR people on behalf of these women.
    Please do not get caught up in that. Bravo wants to control everything out there on these women.
    Please be free.

  36. I’m saying this with my best southern girl manners. Please don’t cave into the housewife PR. No interviews! We love you untainted by them. Your the only place to go for the real scoop. NO INTERVIEWS please please oh please.

  37. I’ve been enjoying this site for a couple of months. Alas, I have nothing more insightful than most of your regulars have already stated. I just wanted to formally offer my congratulations on your hard work and this great site! Ads yes. Interviews no. Don’t mess with a great formula!

  38. I was so excited to do my first post and revealed my inner stoopid. Congratulations on hard work? yeesh. I meant — congratulations on the recognition of your hard work!

  39. I love it here because SH isn’t a butt kisser. I really don’t know who your favorite HW is and that’s nice. I think once you start interviewing (and have no control of questions) the scales start to tip and blogs become pro whoever you interviewed. You keep it light,funny and entertaining. No hatin and gettin yourself all worked up about one particular housewife. And… might piss them off that you won’t pick a team ;-)

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