Free FML hugs!
Awww, hugs, how cute is that? It's just makes us want to cuddle kitties and listen to Michael Bublé, while eating chocolate mousse in our cozy sofa. Except when testes are involved. Why do people always have to bring up a pair of testicles or phallic figures in every single moment of life? You're on the underground, and a guy takes off his pants (and you know you look like a fool with your pants on the ground etc.); you're in public toilets, and notice that someone drew a male organ on the wall; FML's articles, they always about sexual relationships. It’s everywhere. And to discuss this plague, today we're welcoming Matthew Inman, TheOatmeal.com's creator!
Matthew, 27 years old, grew up in Idaho, where he confesses people ride cheap beer and throw up tractors on farm animals, or the other way round probably, we don't remember. He then moved to Seattle and finally to Washington, where he's been settled for about 10 years now.
You sure do know Matthew Inman, he runs TheOatmeal.com. You know, he's the guy who does everything for a website; he codes, draws, markets, strokes, bathes, offers it flowers and gropes it all day, every day. He used to make websites for a living, but that sucked harder than something that sucks really hard so he decided to quit. He then created an online dating site in order to make a giant pile of money and get the ladies. The dating site was a success and went on to be one of the most popular free dating sites in the US, and eventually it got acquired by a bigger company, so he took all his ladies and money and decided to make The Oatmeal. The ladies left because he ate too much mayonnaise and they didn't like how he always mouth-breathed and stared vacantly at the cat. Suffice it to say, the Oatmeal is a solo project again.
Matthew never went to college, and he has been creating things for the web since he was 13 years old. After high school, he moved to Seattle to pursue a career as a web developer. He wrote a lot of (bad) Perl and abused many of his design clients before deciding he didn't want to work with people anymore. After the dating site was a success, he figured he would replicate the method he used to market it but make an entire site dedicated to that. He made his dating site popular through viral quizzes and comics, so he wanted to create a site dedicated to just those, rather than awkwardly fitting them inside the marketing strategy of another company.
Besides the fact he can get all the girls, mayonnaise and cats he wants thanks to his websites, Matthew also loves having the ability to put something together and then minutes later publish it online and get massive amounts of exposure. His website gets nearly 5 million unique visitors a month and 20 million page views. He also likes being able to translate his personality into bears, unicorns, jelly beans, plague rats, or whatever else makes people laugh.
Right now, TheOatmeal.com is Matthew's main project. The goal with the site was to no longer do anything involved in SEO or web design, and thanks to the power of viral marketing, The Oatmeal has definitely become his full-time job. He got featured on comedy central's website a couple of times and he has been on Digg, Reddit, The Huffington Post, and a bazillion other blogs and website, so no more clients ever again - at least not in the near future. He would love to start creating animated shorts soon, however…
Dating sites, Matt does know what it's all about, you post a profile picture (his comics on this page will be enough), after which you talk about what you like in life, such as rainbows, kitties and tits, (forget the last one, it will be a surprise when you'll see her and her twins on your first date, don't forget to hug them too!). So, what does Matthew like in life?
"Snowboarding, sushi, illustration, and I study Japanese. I'm also into triathlons and marathon running, and I completed my first half-ironman in August. I also like to eat peanut butter from the jar and brush my toe hair into unique shapes and patterns." Ladies, you better make a move quick, a guy like this won't be single much longer after this article.
"-Oh no! This week's interview is almost finished. Tell us Mat', why did you choose this FML?
-Because I wish we lived in a world where my junk could dangle in the wind, but unfortunately people get all bent out of shape when they see a pair of testicles they didn't expect. (Get it? "bent out of shape" DA-DUM-KSH)
- Funny. We got it. Why did you decide to send an illustration to FML?
-I think your site is funny, plus you guys get a buttcraptaco of traffic so the benefit of the exchange seemed mutual. I actually made a comic that used the line FML a few years ago before it had become a meme: http://mingle2.com/dating/phases "
You were made for us, and we were made for you. Thank you Matthew for you participation !
Wanna visit a website including dinosaurs, assassin cats, pigs wearing hat, dolphins getting beaten-up? Don't wait a minute more and visit Matthew's awesome website: http://theoatmeal.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to [email protected] including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with our lovely Alice, who will tell you what you have to do!