You've probably already heard about April Rose, the blogging scandal du jour. The blogger, who called herself "B" or "April's Mom," claimed to be an unmarried, devout Christian, pregnant with a little girl who had been diagnosed as terminally ill. B claimed that her doctors had urged her to terminate, but she had chosen to continue the pregnancy.
Thousands of people read and commented on the blog, praying for April Rose, sharing their tragic stories and even emailing photos of their own children dressed in pink to show their support. B wrote that she was planning a home birth, so she could spend the most time possible with her daughter and, on June 7, after reporting that the baby had miraculously been born alive, though gravely ill, posted a photo, supposedly of the newly-born April Rose. (e/t/a: click here to see the photo.)
The photo turned out to be her undoing, since one of her readers immediately realized that the "baby" was actually a so-called reborn doll, a doll that's been painstakingly (and, some would say, creepily) enhanced with painted skin, rooted hair and a weighted body to look and feel almost exactly like a real baby. Some reborns even have a magnet in their mouths, so they can "suck" on a pacifier. In fact, reborns are so realistic that, the story goes, a police officer once smashed a car window to rescue an unconscious baby left in a car seat, only to find it was actually a doll.
The blogger turned out to be an artist who runs the aptly-titled See Through Me Studio and while, admitting the April Rose story was entirely fictional claims to have actually lost several babies. Though the blog has been taken down if, like me, these kind of hoaxes fascinate you (and, no, I do not slow down and gawk at car accidents and train wrecks) you can, at least for the time being, find the deleted posts about April Rose here (click the "cached" option) and here and learn more about the fraud and how it was discovered in these articles
Anyway, aside from the obvious issues, the whole thing makes me wonder about the following: though I'm sure you're far too honest to do anything of the sort, if you were to create a fake blog, what would it be about?