Submit. You know you want to.
Hey you there. Yeah, you.
Have you always considered submitting stories but never gotten around to it? Unsure of how to phrase things? Afraid of rejection? Lazy? We feel you, but it's time to get over that nonsense. Life sucks from time to time... and if you submit your tales of woe, we can all laugh it off together!
I'll tell you how. Simply click on "Submit your FML" at the top of the website and then fill in the boxes. Pick a tag from the drop down menu. Spill those beans. Boom. Done.
How does one get published though? Well, there's no exact formula, but here are the standard guidelines:
"Your story must start with “Today,” and end with “FML”. TXT language is forbidden and spelling mistakes hurt people’s eyeballs, so the use of either would result in the direct dismissal of your FML. Don’t use this space for discussions, advertising or spam, or for posting anything which isn’t an FML. Furthermore, it’s not possible to obtain badges by posting keywords, so stop believing things you’ve read on message boards. Don’t try reposting old FMLs, we’re not that daft."
A few additional tips: A lot of rejected FMLs aren't lacking in quality at all, and are simply too similar to anecdotes that are already on the site. Worse yet, many submissions are just too real for us. Yes, your life is clearly fucked, but we just can't put certain stories on the front page. People come here to laugh! All in all, if it's original, plausible, well-written, and funny, it's got a good chance!
Are you afraid of the disappointment? Have you been rejected already? Don't sweat it, seriously. Having your FML rejected is a rite of passage! Ask anyone who's been here for a while... rejection is just part of the game. Even the greatest storytellers miss the mark. Give it a chance, anyway. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Besides, we've seen some pretty terrible submissions over the years. We doubt you could do worse than what's already come and gone.
So you submitted your FML. You waited patiently as it worked its way through the moderation process and suddenly... Sweet giblets you did it. You made it to the front page of FMyLife.com. Millions of people may read the humble words that you yourself typed. They'll know your story. For a moment, they share your experience. You are connected to humanity on higher level. Clouds part and angels strum their little harp thingies. All is right with the world. Now what?
Firstly, congratulations. Enjoy your 15 minutes of fame! Secondly, check out those comments. Depending on the nature of your FML, you may get some good witticisms and advice. Whether or not there are a lot of questions, consider commenting to tell more of your story! If you start with something noticeable like "OP here!" there's a good chance we'll catch it on our end and flag it as a featured "confessional" FML. Everyone loves to get the scoop from OP. Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, be cool. You'll get a handful of YDI and rude comments, no matter how perfect your story was. A lot of the FMyLife community is as sweet as a basket of kittens but this is the internet. Anything goes.
That's all for now, folks! If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment below. Have a great weekend! If you don't, be sure to submit about it!