The posts have been rolling in. A woman named Dawn Gordon has apparently been targeting bloggers that host giveaways, claiming that they are committing fraud, and that in actuality the bloggers are all one person, and that person is actually a man.
It’s clear from Ms. Gordon’s Twitter stream (where much of her rantings are done as @PoeticalProphet) that she believes she is doing God’s work by letting companies know that they have been scammed, supposedly, by these bloggers.
Sadly, it seems as though some companies are listening.
Most companies are siding with the bloggers, of course, but they are asking bloggers about her claims. I find the claims rather amusing; today Dawn Gordon shared a Google Document with me listing the supposed fake bloggers, and at least a third of them I’ve met in person, so I know they are actual, well, mom bloggers. It would be a very deep (and expensive) case of fraud to find women to pretend to be moms at blogging conferences –- some actually carrying their children about with them –- just for a few free swag items.
Ironically, according to one source, Ms. Gordon is also claiming that the companies should also send HER the same items or her children will only get dollar store items for Christmas.
The new site Mom Blog Hate has created a profile for Ms. Gordon:
Ms. Gordon has targeted multiple bloggers – via Twitter and the comments sections of their blogs – because she believes them to be someone else. I do not claim to know whether or not her anger toward her presumed targets is justified, but I do know that the people she has targeted that I have met in person (and can therefore verify their identities) are not who Ms. Gordon thinks they are. After talking with one of my friends who has been targeted by Ms. Gordon – a friend who was in tears and shaking from the bullying she’s endured – I tried to engage Ms. Gordon in conversation via Twitter to ask her if there was any sort of proof she would accept that my friend was not who she thought she was.
The tweets are pretty intense.
I’m not one to speculate (well, too much) about a person’s mental health, but some other folks have and there is actually a petition dedicated to trying to get Ms. Gordon some psychiatric help, and was created by some of the moms she’s targeted.
For more information about this situation –- one that can only happen on the internet – this post lists several blogs talking about Ms. Gordon. Let’s hope Ms. Gordon gets help, and soon.