The Interest In Other Peoples’ Problems

Over the last year, I’ve spent a lot of my free time learning about other people’s problems. This sounds weird, but let me explain. Reddit, a social media/forum site, is home to a lot of this. There are threads for a variety of things, but two I’m focusing on here are r/Relationships and r/AITA (Am I The Asshole). In these subreddits, users can post their issues and anyone can offer unbiased advice or judgment or feedback.

There are Twitter accounts that cross post some of the more amusing or interesting ones so they can spread to other platforms that way, and there are a lot of YouTube channels that read them out (either by a real person or a computer voice) so people can listen to the content if they don’t want to read and scroll. I’ve consumed a lot of this in the past year, and I find it fascinating. I also read the advice column in the newspaper every day, which has similar content, and this may be more relatable to some of you who have no idea what Reddit is.

In general, I know we look for relatability in media. We want to identify with the heroes and be represented and all that, which is good and valid. But I think on the flip side, we are also drawn to the unrelatable. It’s why I think a lot of TLC and E! shows are so popular because they are very weird and different (at least to my fairly quiet and sheltered life).

I know that people have different lives than I do, but I’ve never really considered that their problems are so wildly different too. I don’t know what it’s like to have a narcissistic mother-in-law or a pathological liar of a friend. I don’t know what it’s like to have no contact with a parent or worry about how I disciplined my child. And yet, I am interested in these issues that people are having and the outcomes. It’s entertaining to consume for me, and I think it still would be even if you did relate to some of these issues.

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And maybe I like it because it puts my own life into perspective to some extent. My life is by no means perfect and I’m discontent with many things, but I guess it could be worse, as the internet has proved. Some of the problems people are dealing with are unfortunate, life-ruining things, and I’m lucky that I don’t have to deal with any of it. Furthermore, reading/hearing about some of these things can help me avoid it myself in my life.

I know I’m not alone in enjoying Reddit content like this, but I think it does speak to a larger phenomenon of people being nosy and interested in drama. It’s why ‘spilling tea’ is so popular as a concept and a phrase. There are YouTubers whose whole gig is telling juicy, dramatic storytimes like “My roommates from hell” or “I was stalked by my ex-boyfriend for six years!” and thousands of willing people click to find out how and why and who because it’s interesting. Similarily, we’re taught from a young age that gossip is bad but I know that if a friend came to me with some spicy info about someone, I’d be very quick to listen. Does this make me a bad person? I don’t think so. It makes me human. I think we all like this kind of info, whether we’ll admit to it or not, and the internet has made it very easy to find it and feed that desire in us.

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It is win-win in a sense because the people sharing often are looking for help/opinions/clicks and the consumers can offer that as well as be entertained to some extent, so I don’t have a problem with it. It’s one of the benefits of the internet because we are able to connect to a variety of people who exist outside of our lifestyle.

If you’ve never heard of these subreddits or other means of consuming them, I encourage you to check them out, especially if you’re kind of into other people’s problems and lives. Even if you’re not really, it’s escapist entertainment, and these days, we all need that.

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Shoutout To These Bloggers

I’ve been blogging for many years, and I follow several hundred blogs. And I’ve really enjoyed reading such a wide variety of posts and being a part of this community. So this week I really wanted to just give a shoutout to some bloggers whose content and/or interactions I enjoy. Please check out their blogs if anything I say here interests you.

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Media Bloggers

Merlin’s Musings – I found him through his Agents Of SHIELD posts, but he also blogs about books, other TV shows, and every Sunday he writes about a cool quote.

I Am Geek – Kevin writes about a lot of geeky pop-culture things, and I love how his posts are always positive and excited about the media.

The Wordy Habitat – this is mostly a book blog, and even though I don’t read books that much these days, I do appreciate how passionate and in-depth Sumedha is in all her posts. And there are still a good variety of non-book posts that I like such as posts on her life or on the general blogging community.

The Invisible Moth – this blogger is a writer and book lover, so there’s a lot of posts about those subjects, as well as a lot of good book and story related discussion posts.

NerdyWordyBirdy – There’s a lot of great book and lifestyle posts on this blog. She’s also so sweet and often leaves such thought-provoking comments on my blog which I very much appreciate!

Things I’m Obsessed With – this blog is just 100% pop-culture reviews and critiques, and I like that.

Meg’s Magical Musings – Meg posts just about every day (which is quite a feat!) about writing, books, and most importantly, musicals! No one loves Les Mis as much as her.

Life And Other Disasters – there’s a fun mix of book and TV content here, plus her column of trailers we might have missed. She’s also a great artist and I enjoy seeing her art on Twitter.

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Peace, Love, And Arts – I love when I find blogs from people whose ideas and tastes I really vibe with, and I certainly have a lot of similar interests as this fellow Canadian blogger who is a big pop-culture and musical fan.

Georgia’s Favourite Things – Georgia is so sweet and always down to talk TV with me. Her blog is full of great reviews of (mostly) TV shows.

Bizarre Brunette – this is a great blog full of geeky content. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening in the comic and gaming world.

Just Simply Me – this blog is primarily about TV and theater reviews, which is right up my alley, but recently she’s also been doing more posts about her life and how she’s feeling, which I also enjoy.

Another Dead Law Student’s Blog – Most of this content is pop-culture focused but once in a while there is some other stuff like a recipe. It’s all very casual but organized.

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Lifestyle bloggers

Rosie Culture – she’s documenting the millennial experience. From relationships to jobs to just general life, I do appreciate this blog’s honesty and reliability.

All The Trinkets – there is some great advice and discussion posts on this blog. Kate is also a great artist and there’s often art-related content.

Jas Writes Stuff – this blog has a little bit of everything from reviews to recipes to travel. But my favourite posts of hers are her life posts where she gets deep and relatable.

The Curvacious Vegan – who doesn’t love a good listicle? There are plenty here and plenty of really real advice on this blog.

No Love For Fatties – She is a great storyteller. She’s a teacher so her Kids Say series always has me giggling.

My Mind Speaks Aloud – this blog is 50% book reviews and 50% lifestyle posts. Her lifestyle ones are usually about self-care and I enjoy reading them.

Tiani Angela – this is a fairly recent follow, but she’s got a good variety of content. Some are about being a mother, some are about life, and some are opinion pieces.

Biracial Booty – I think she is just so funny and so expressive, so I enjoy anything she posts.

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Thought bloggers

Whimsical90 – if you like random thoughts and rants, this is the blog for you.

Of Opinions – I love the theme of this blog as every post starts with ‘Of’ and they’re always so well written, no matter how deep the topic may be.

Musings Of A Whimsical Soul – there’s a lot of fun discussion posts on anything and everything (which is my favourite kind of blog post) as well as some cool Greek Mythology posts.

The Captain’s Speech – Paul’s stream-of-consciousness style of writing is so interesting. Plus he’s Canadian.

My Life Experiment – this blog is a cool expression of random thoughts and the documentation of trying new things.

Tyrone Pierre – I really enjoy his takes on some serious topics like toxic masculinity, beauty, and rejection.

The Confusing Middle – he posts every day and has some interactive topics (Question Of The Week, for example) as well as some standard opinion pieces.

The World’s Common Tater – from life reflections to stories from his past to analysing media, there’s always content in Tater Town.

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To these bloggers, and to all the other blogs I follow, thank you for doing what you do and providing me quality content. If you’re anything like me, I know that sometimes you may feel like the only viewers are bots or friends, but know that I am here, enjoying your platform.

Yay blogging!

 

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The Good Stuff: Lousy Book Covers

We all need some good stuff right now.

I don’t remember how I came across this website, but I’ve been enjoying its content for over a year now. It’s called Lousy Book Covers and its sole purpose is to share really bad book covers. We can debate for days on end if we should judge a book by its cover, but no matter what side of that argument you fall on, you can still enjoy seeing these particularily lousy ones.

Lousy Book Covers’ format is simple. Each post is one cover, and he also provides the link to the book and a funny comment about the cover he’s featuring. Honestly, some of the covers on the site aren’t that bad in my opinion. But some are…yikes. So here are some of those yikes ones, along with the comment from LBC.

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This website has been going for almost a decade, so there’s a lot more content to go through if you want a laugh or to feel better about your art skills.

Most of these covers are from self-published books. Is it mean to make fun of these? Maybe a little. But at the end of the day, they put it out there so we could see it. And perhaps it’s even more important for self-published authors to have an attractive cover because they can’t rely on support/publicity from publishing companies or stores or anything, so we have to judge it on that alone (or the book blurb, which the site will occasionally feature as well if there’s a particularily bad one).

And look, I myself am a self-published author. I spent hours on photoshop, making my book cover look as nice as I could. I could have paid someone to do my cover nicely for me, but I chose not to. I think mine is pretty good, but perhaps others hate it, and that’s just how art is. I made my bed, and now I lie in it, just like the choices made by other small authors sometimes result in their covers ending up on a joke site…and then this blog.

objectively not good.

Anyway, I always get a kick out of seeing Lousy Book Covers’ posts on my Reader, so I wanted to share it with you because it’s always good stuff. I follow them through WordPress’ Reader, but you can also Like their page on Facebook.

That’s all for now!

 

P.S. This post is dedicated to the curling club’s unofficial book club who has allowed me to sit in on their quarantine video meetings even though I rarely read and don’t have much to say. Hi, y’all!

 

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Coronavirus Memes Because I Just Want To Laugh, Ya Know?

Sporting events? Cancelled.

The stock market? Tanking.

Shelves at Costco? Empty.

Hotel? Trivago. 

Covid-19 aka Coronavirus aka the only thing people can talk about is a big deal. The world is shutting down and it’s affecting everything from schools to airports to Broadway to conventions. And while there is reason for legitimate concern, I also think a lot of it is overreaction and paranoia, perhaps brought on by the (social) media, which is something that was not nearly as prevalent during Swine Flu and SARS and all the big illnesses of past.

Either way, we are at the mercy of the germs and the people in charge, I guess, and we just have to wait it out and do our best to stay healthy and then see what the fallout is. And while things may seem bleak, there is one good thing, and that’s the memes. As serious as Coronavirus is, there are some quality memes born from it, and I want to be able to laugh and help you guys laugh too, so I compiled some of my favourites. I made a meme post towards the end of the Trump vs Hillary campaign where I, a Canadian, could do nothing but watch, and this is similar except this time I can also wash my hands. And you should too.

So enjoy!


Flintstones vitamins meme


$8 round trip flight meme


cheap cruise meme




working from home denied meme.


Summer 2020 hazmat suits.


flexing now vs then.


Sweet Caroline meme.

 


toilet paper meme.


handwashing with Smash Mouth meme.

(There are many, many, musical variations of this handwashing meme. All top notch.)


They say laughter is the best medicine, and while I don’t know if the CDC will agree with that in this case, I hope you at least got a good chuckle out of these. I think the internet’s collective reaction to anything of jokes and memes is really comforting even though I had to unfortunately see a lot of racist memes while collecting these. I believe that all these extreme measures and reactions we’re facing these days are happening for our benefit, and I hope that when it’s over/less of a risk, we can smoothly transition back to normalcy, but perhaps with better hygiene habits.

These next few weeks will be interesting, to say the least, so I hope you all stay safe and healthy and wash your hands properly as we get through this.

That’s all for now!

 

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The Good Stuff: Parodybill

If you like musicals and jokes, then this is the post for you. A while ago I came across this Instagram account called Parodybill, and I did not hesitate to click Follow right away (a feeling all of my blog followers felt when they first came to my blog, I’m sure). Parodybill basically takes a Broadway musical/reference and mashes it up with something else—usually another musical, but sometimes it’s a movie or a TV show—to create a parody Playbill. They’re so well done and so funny. I would never even think of these mashups, but they work perfectly.

In the almost two years they’ve been parodying musicals, they’ve done a lot, but I want to share my favourites. (Click to enlarge)

Aren’t these just so fun? I always enjoy seeing them pop up on my feed. And on their Insta stories they also sometimes show their brainstorming and sketching, which I think is neat.

And they do it just for fun, because they love doing it. They do sell Tshirts and mugs and prints and stuff here, and for reasonable prices actually, but otherwise, they just want to make some theatrical art for us to all see. So go follow them on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with their wonderful, entertaining creations!

Though as great as they are, they currently don’t have any Mamma Mia ones, which is a shame. What’s the deal with that, Parodybill?

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