Meet your Blarch Badness contenders : Defective Yeti

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Defective Yeti was one of the four sites picked to receive an automatic bid during our Blarch Badness author caucus and for good reason: Matthew Baldwin, the man behind the Yeti, is quite possibly the best humorist writing in Seattle. (So much so that I can even forgive him for getting that damn Thank you for being a friend song stuck in my head for a week.) After threatening to debase myself further with pathetic begging, he kindly agreed to answer a couple of questions about his site and the Badness.

With the fact that we didn’t formally inform people last year that they had been entered into our little tournament, did you even know you were in it?

Oh my goodness, of course. I’m as obsessive about my referral logs as the next self-absorbed blogger, so as soon as the first person clicked over from your joint I was all over it like hollandaise sauce on Eggs Benedict. Disgusting, disgusting hollandaise sauce.

But, you know, I was nominated for a few Bloggies there back in Ye Olde Olden Dayes of blogging and was soundly beaten by a newcomer with name recognition in his corner, a pivotal moment in my life that engendered in me both a healthy wariness of Internet-related awards and a lifelong vendetta against Wil Wheaton.

You put up a pretty good showing considering your competition, West Seattle Blog, is – in my opinion – the Mafia. How do you deal with your popularity?

Ignore it, when possible.

In the wake of losing the aforementioned Bloggie, I resolved to make my site as popular as possible, and spent the following year trying to write memetic posts rather than writing about the things I cared about. Twelve months of that was quite enough, thank you.

Since then I’ve done pretty well at not giving a rat’s ass about readership (as is probably evident in my rather desultory posting schedule of late)(where “of late” = “since 2003”). At this point I’m not even sure if I still have one, though dozens of people still comment on each and every one of my posts to point out my copious grammatical errors.

What part of the site, or I guess, which site (games, tricks, humor) do you enjoy writing the most?

My favorite posts are the one- or two-liners that pop into my head fully-formed, usually while I’m doing completely unrelated to blogsmithing. (E.g., “I’m going to make a million dollars selling mirrors to idiots and telling them they are ultra-thin flatscreen TVs that only receive reality shows about lazy people.”) If you ever come to dy and see a 900-word treatise on politics, it’s because I couldn’t think of something clever to say in a paragraph or less.

Which part gets the most reaction from your readers and are the two related at all?

Last year I actually launched a new category called “Mob Rule” in which I post questions specifically engineered to generate comments. My most recent entry, asking people to nominate their most-hated motion picture cliche, got a godzillion replies.

Also, people love that kid of mine.

What was your favorite post of last year?

How to pick? My posts are like my children–albeit children that I sire and then immediately forget.

I had a good run there last April, with the Internet Access Captchas, the Copy Editor’s Joke, and Job Titles You Could Put in the “Occupation” Field of Your Tax Return to Exact Some Small Measure of Revenge on a Random IRS Employee by Getting an Irritating Song Stuck in His or Her Head all posted within a week of one another.

How’s it going with the AFI 100? I tried a similar project a couple of years ago and lost steam. Do you think you’ll make it through?

It’s going much better than expected. If you read my original post of the project, you’ll note that it’s full of qualifications, paving the way for the failure I fully expected to result. Instead I’ve been going strong, viewing one and occasionally even two classic films a week, and don’t have any intention of slowing down. So, at this point, I do think I’ll succeed, at least in watching those films I’d never seen before. And hell, I already weathered Sophie’s Choice, so it’s smooth sailing from here on out anyway.

How do you suspect this year’s Blarch Badness is (not) going to change your life?

It’s already made me a wildcat in the sack and added three to my savings throw against lightening-based damage. What more could I want?


Indeed. Don’t forget to vote! The poll is open until 9 p.m.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Healy (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Does Matthew know that Wil Wheaton writes for LA Metblogs?


  2. CRo (unregistered) on February 20th, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

    I was trying to keep that secret, RYAN.



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