For a long time, I couldn’t wrap my brain around the concept of blogging. When the first generation of blogs emerged in the late 90s, many of my friends were using them as intimate diaries and personalized journals, as opposed to webpages with recurring topics, themes, or posts. It wasn’t until a few years ago, in fact, that I started to understand the cultural and societal influences blogs – particularly comedic ones – were beginning to have on our society.
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What was once a small community of comedic-blog readers and has grown into a vast population of devoted followers – and that following only continues to grow. Below are five of the many comedic blogs out there that have transformed and evolved the comedic-blogging world into something quite spectacular.
As the most popular social-media website out there, Facebook is bound to get its share of comedic roasts and blog parodies. If you’re one of the many borderline absurd Facebook users out there, then your status may end up on Lamebook blog one day. Lamebook makes a point of featuring Facebook posts that are dramatic, ignorant, odd, or share too much information. Fellow Facebook users send in screenshots of funny or amusing posts from their “friends” to Lamebook, and the comedic blog reposts the content on their site. (All last names of the featured individuals are blurred out.) Facebook tried to take legal action against Lambook for trademark violation in 2010, but ceased the case in 2011 after being unable to relocate the litigation process to California. Lamebook has become so popular in fact that the blog is releasing a book.
Tumblr is one of the most popular blogging forums out there, with over 50 million blogs hosted through its website. I’ll go so far as to say What Should We Call Me is probably one of the funniest blogs Tumblr features on its site. Each day, this hilarious blog posts GIF images with funny captions attached to them. Most of the time the posted GIF image isn’t originally linked to the caption, yet what’s makes the blog so funny is that it somehow manages to brilliantly tie the two together. A funny example can be seen here. What Should We Call Me takes on the popular “meme” approach, which uses an image and a witty line of text to provide some quick humor.
Ugly Renaissance Babies is also another Tumblr blog that has grown in popularity through the years. Many of us have experienced that terribly awkward moment in life when we are introduced to somebody’s newborn baby, and while everybody else seems to be oohing and aahing over how cute it is, we’re left wondering how it got so ugly. The blog features famous paintings from throughout the Renaissance Art Movement and places a simple, yet hilarious caption of text just below the painting that will probably make you laugh out loud.
BuzzFeed is a website that aggregates snapshots of “the viral web in realtime.” This growing social news website takes information from all over the web that garners a lot of attention. The blog is constantly referred to as a true form of citizen journalism. Although it isn’t specifically designed to be a comedic website, BuzzFeed almost always has an air of comedy attached to its content. All of the posts include images, videos, or links to outside comedic blogs.
I like to think of Quick Meme as the funny blog that started it all. This wildly popular website got its start with Gen Y and spread like a comedic plague throughout society. You’ll likely see many blogs out there that try to mimic Quick Meme’s style, but they’ll never be able to match its genius. The website hosts an archive of images that feature different lines of text (similar to Ugly Renaissance Babies and What Should We Call We). Some of the most popular memes on the blog include Socially Awkward Penguin.
Interestingly enough, readers can create their own memes as well and share them with fellow readers of the blog.
You’ll likely encounter a number of comedic blogs nowadays. These five blogs in particular have become a valiant comedic force in today’s blogging world.
Written by Katheryn. Edited by Aritra Roy.
Katheryn Rivas is a regular contributor to Online University. Like the name suggests, the online universities blog focuses on higher education and trends.