4.02.2008

Bloggin' fer PAY?? What White Folks Like


I'se in the deep down dumps. Some fool makes hundreds of thousands selling his whole blog? What is I doin' wrong?

Or mebbe, I'se excited to think I might make a big pop--enough to take me and Moi shoe-shoppin'...in Paris and Milan!!


Did ya'll here that Target done paid a fella 300K to buy out his blog? He's been bloggin on
"What white people like."

ARE YOU KIDDING ME??
Sound like it is worth 300 K to ya'll? Me neither, but then, here it is!


$ fer Iamnot to take is lady to Tahiti. Fer She-pup to have her own She-Ball store. Fer Foamy to set up PHOTO gallery, and Anon Boxer to buy all the art she wants, Troll to buy a foal ....wow, what all us'uns could do!

Aunty is goin' ter think up some fool thang and see iffin' I cain't get up some mad money.

Yeeesh. Now, in what other country would capitalism pay ya fer yakkin????

So let's gather our ideas: What can we blog about fer fast cash?



MAJOR UPDATE to this post.

Ya'll, right off some Anon sent message that this whole STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE is a April Fool's Day hoax.

SO I did the google run and found this--note, it is BEFORE April 1st.

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 21, 2008; Page C01

Stuff white people like: reading about themselves -- or at least brunch-eating, Patagonia-wearing versions of themselves -- in deadpan, anthropological mocku-blogs. And soon, in book version!

How This Happened:

Jan. 18 Christian Lander, pasty Canadian copywriter living in Los Angeles, creates Stuffwhitepeoplelike.com on a lark, after an instant-message conversation with a friend that went something like this:

Isn't it weird how many white people like "The Wire"?

Yeah. What else do white people like?

The first thing, Lander posts, is Coffee: "White people . . . are fond of saying "you do NOT want to see me before I get my morning coffee."

Feb. 14 Gawker mentions the blog in a roundup of humor sites. By then Lander has expanded white people's interests to include No. 14 Having Black Friends, No. 25 David Sedaris and No. 65 Co-Ed Sports ("Many white people play in their first co-ed league in college. It is considered good form to talk about how you played in one of these leagues where the best player on your team was a girl").

Feb. 15-28 The blog careens from 200 hits a day to 1 millio -- no, 2 millio -- no, more than 4 million hits total.

Feb. 29-March 5 Readers and reporters begin to seek meaning. Is Lander lumping together white people the same way that they have historically lumped together other races and cultures? Is Lander hoping to use erudite irony to awaken readers from their post-yuppie trances? What does Lander have against Wes Anderson movies, anyway?

March 6-17 Hosanna! Hosanna! Christian Lander is the new Barack Obama is your new bicycle!

March 18, A.M. A Toronto Star columnist conducts what will be Lander's last media interview: "How much have I made?" Lander said. "About $13; a buck for every million hits. . . . It's been the craziest two months of my life, but I'm glad I'm not in it for the money."

March 18, P.M. Lander responds to an e-mail by stating that all correspondence must now go through his publicist. His publicist?

March 19 Lander's publicist regretfully announces that Lander is taking a little breather from all media requests, more details to follow soon. Hmmm.

March 20 Random House officially announces the summer release of "Stuff White People Like -- THE BOOK!" Lander's "detailed, cleverly illustrated expos¿ of modern white culture will include an extensive chronicle of what white people like," the news release reads. "Two-thirds new material!"

But who are they kidding? With the (free) blogged list already at No. 90, the only things left to cover are Zipcar and Blelvis.

Stuff white people like: getting fat advances . . . and then clamming up.

e officially announces the summer release of "Stuff White People Like -- THE BOOK!" Lander's "detailed, cleverly illustrated expos¿ of modern white culture will include an extensive chronicle of what white people like," the news release reads. "Two-thirds new material!"

But who are they kidding? With the (free) blogged list already at No. 90, the only things left to cover are Zipcar and Blelvis.

Stuff white people like: getting fat advances . . . and then clamming up.


11 comments:

iamnot said...

I have the same complaint against capitalism that most people have...I'm not the one getting $300K!
Oh...how about I get half as much money and go to Tahiti by myself?

Aunty Belle said...

Golly gee, Iamnot, did ya go see that dern site? I mean, whar's we'uns goofing up?

We all oughta collaborate and see what we could dream up!

This time next year we's gonna have our blog convention in Bora bora -or whar'ever.

Anonymous said...

Fooled!!
You were duped. Announcement made on April Fool's day.

Anonymous said...

Los Angeles Times
February 25, 2008

Six weeks ago, 29-year-old Culver City Internet copy writer Christian Lander started a blog, stuffwhitepeoplelike. wordpress.com, on a whim, thinking he'd poke fun at himself and fellow white people. Spending roughly two hours a day writing satirical posts about "stuff white people like," Lander had no idea how much his little inside joke would catch on. In the first week, the site received about 200 hits a day. The next week it jumped to 600, and then 4,000 the next. By last week, he was averaging 300,000 daily hits.

Lander, who arrived in L.A. from Toronto 2 1/2 years ago, came up with the idea for the blog after talking to a Filipino friend about how much they both liked the HBO police drama "The Wire." For some reason he's already forgotten, they both wished that more white people watched the show. Which got him thinking: What exactly do white people like?

boneman said...

what this white boy likes

Painting
Chess
Music, others and mine
Flowers and a nice lawn, though I've not seen the later ever except when I worked on a golf course.
Campfires and marshmellows.
A soft touch on my arm by someone laughing.


Not talking politcs, and that letter was too much...
I thought about starting a political blog, but, thing is,I have a life that I want to live.
Screw those cut-ups.
No wonder the voter turnouts barely crest 30%40 on a tight race.
Gosh, polarization...now, That's a tough one. While I hate that the country is split in half, I do like the sunglasses.

A warm day at Sugar Creek.
My dogs and cats.
Ol' Steve.
You and all my bloggin buddies.

Yup, that's what THIS white boy likes.

Now, besides politics, what do this white boy NOT like?
Walmart.
Target.
Korea Mart.

oops. Too negative...

(slips away into the shadows)

moi said...

Oooh, that would be tres glorious, shoe shopping with you in Milan and Paris (could our moohla just get rid o' da Parisians, though?).

I've often thought of this myself: what in the heck fire does it take to hit the nail on the proverbial pop cultural head and make a mint off of spouting off? I'm still thinking . . .

BTW, is that a She shoe painting?

The Troll said...

Virtual pet rock? Virtual mood ring? Virtual Hollyweird Lib Likenesses that you can click-on to have them chant their latest leftist pablum?

moi said...

Also, Dahlink, I tagged you. Yes, sorry. But it's kinda fun. I await your response . . .

Anonymous Boxer said...

They have nice art in Paris, so can I come too?

..................... said...

hmmmmmmmm, thinking ...

and i wanna go to paris too ..

Anonymous said...

FROM AUNTY

Yeah team! Let's go to Paris. All we need to do is come up wif' the gimmick, blog it, and sell it off fer the big bucks so we'uns can all go! That'd be a hoot.

Anon Boxer, YES!! Of course there is art in Paris--and mebbe our She-pup can show them Parisians a thang or two. (true confession: I have a few K-9 pieces meself. One is a possum wif' pink feet and tail. When we had the Great Florida Blog Summit, why, ya KNOWED I had to get a She-pup original.)

Moi, no, it is not a She painting of a shoe even tho it looks like her, doan it?? But what a grand idea. We'uns can git her to paint us some shoes!!

Boney git out of that shadow, and imagine yoreself paintin' in Paris!

..........Said, , youse in! C'mon on along. More the merrier!