We live it, we love it and we say it: FAIL. Life is full of epic fails, and fortunately for us, there's only one blog out there that documents it all.
Attack of the Blog! spoke with FAIL Blog founder, Ben Huh, who also runs other viral sites like I Can Haz Cheezburger, Graph Jam and Engrish Funny, to talk about being a part of the 2009 fail meme and his favorite videogames. (Sorry, readers, I don't think he's a Sony fanboy.)
You successfully brought about the Lolcat meme with the I Can Has Cheezburger site. What sparked you to create FailBlog.org?
Technically, I didn't create it, although it was a rather unknown site before we bought it. Simply put, I thought it was a funny site and I wanted to branch out beyond I Can Has Cheezburger. We're now up to almost 30 websites, including Hawtness.com and UgliestTattoos.com, both slightly NSFW.
What sets your sites apart from other online humor sites?
I think our culture of participation is what makes it different. Unlike a site where someone tells you what they think is funny, our sites are driven by the users who frequent it. FAIL Blog and Cheezburger are what you make of it.
Does it feel weird when people call you the CEO of FAIL Blog?
Well, technically, I'm the CEO of Cheezburger Network, which is the company name. I used to call myself Chief Cheezburger, but I'm not sure what sounds more ridiculous. I was once introduced as the King of the Internet, which made me blush. Usually, people just call me the "cheezburger guy/fail blog guy." It suits me just fine.
Be honest. When someone makes a mistake at your company, does everyone crowd around them and yell “fail”?
LOL. Actually, we do not. We encourage failure because we encourage risk-taking. Most people say "fail" when it's something that they have done. I'm probably the guiltiest of all of them in creating failures.
If Miriam Webster asked you to write the new definition for “fail” for their 2010 edition, what would it be?
I'd write the entry as: fail (n); see "fail".
What separates a regular fail from an epic fail?
Failure is like beauty, it's all in the eyes of the beholder.
Like “LOLspeak”, is there such thing as “FAILspeak”?
Absolutely. But the entire language appears to be made up of one word. You can look it up in the Miriam Webster 2010 edition under "fail".
Sony PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360?
Just bought an Xbox 360 Elite. We also live in Seattle where you can't throw a stone without hitting a Microsoftie. We're a company town. I also own a Wii, because Nintendo is just up the street too.
What’s the last videogame you bought that you’ve absolutely loved?
I really enjoyed Dirt 2. I ended up buying the Xbox racing wheel and commandeered a corner of the living room into my little "rally car" complete with its own TV. My dog likes to sit next to me and stick his head out the virtual window while I drive.
Do you have any predictions for 2010 Internet memes?
For 2010, we're contemplating a gaming-oriented site. Maybe you can ask your audiences if we should make one. ;)