You’ll be aware the MyVillage network of sites is in the habit of nicking content from local blogs to help it attract readers and advertisers – judging by the comments on the post below detailing my experiences with the Greenwich site, it’s quite a problem.
Well, I’ve had an e-mail from the owner of the network, Roifield Brown, saying sorry.
Fair play to him. Of course, no such e-mail was received here last year, and that seems to be the case for many others. I trust that this post, and his e-mail, won’t be making their way illicitly onto the MyVillage Greenwich site in the coming hours.
MyVillage was a darling of the web scene about seven or eight years ago, but it seems to have scaled back its operations more recently. That’s not stopping it from trumpeting the existence of non-existent staff on its “contact us” page, though…
I thought Stephanie Phillips, the “senior editor”, would be the go-to person here. But my e-mail to her went without a reply. I’ve tracked her down, and it turns out she no longer works for MyVillage, so she’s an innocent party in all this. But that hasn’t stopped Roifield Brown using her name and photograph as a contact for the site. Not good.
So hopefully, here’s where this site’s unwanted relationship with MyVillage ends. Hopefully others will find it just as easy to pull their blogs out of this corner of the web.
Incidentally, you should visit Stephanie’s blog, Don’t Dance Her Down Boys, because she’s got ace taste in music and there’s loads of that there. Seems like she’s thriving well away from Roifield’s sites. There’s probably a message in that, somewhere.
See also: The Getgood Guide.