From time to time, something really weird, really screwed up happens to someone. From time to time, that someone is you.
Whether you find out your daughter’s starring in hardcore pornography, your wife used to be a man, or your dad walked in on you and a seventy-year old transvestite – there’s a commonly accepted reaction-protocol.
After you’ve cried like a little baby, smashed your head against the wall and moved to another town, you want to tell someone. It’s because you realise the ‘uniqueness’ of your situation, or just want to wail in self-pity, that you need to share the experience and complain about life.
There are sites that allow you to vent these experiences. To tell them to other people, and demonstrate how much your life sucks — it’s therapeutic. In complete anonymity of course — otherwise you’d have to switch towns again. We’ll take a closer look at three of these sites today.
FMyLife (FML as a double abbreviation) was launched late 2008, and quickly turned in an internet phenomena. It’s a place where you can share stories and complain about your life, always starting with ‘Today,’ and ending with ‘FML’. Thousands of horrible recollections have been gathered on this site, some worse than others, but none pleasant.
All stories can be rated by reader-visitors. You can choose between “I agree, your life sucks” and “you totally deserved it”. Here are some of the all time top stories. Earlier this month, they released the first F My Life book bundled with some of the best stories, some of them accompanied by great illustrations.
Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birthdate wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML.
MyLifeIsAverage works on the same principles as FMyLife, though with milder stories. The site’s recollections focus on the pointlessness of life’s experience. The site’s not nearly as popular as FMyLife, but it’s an entertaining spin-off and another great place to complain about life.
In reality, instead of extreme happenstances, MyLifeIsAverage houses apathic users who are extremely unsatisfied with their lifes (and often with reason). Like on FMyLife, you can vote for the stories to be either “Average”, or “Meh”.
Today, I realized the word bed actually looks like a bed. MLIA.
Ventnation is probably the most extensive site in row. You must create an account to ‘vent’ your message, after which anonymity is an option. Vents can be enriched with videos and pictures, and classified in a number of categories. These messages can then be commented on, or rated by other users. Additionally, Ventnation also allows users to give advice to others.
This site is obviously way more seriously about its cause. It houses people who have bottled up frustrations and a daily need to shout them out to the world. The positive side here is that people can actually ‘complain productively’ about life, if they get other people to react. If you constantly use Twitter and Facebook to vent your problems, this site is your alternative.
Payday, and i can’t seem to find cash to burn cus the government is taking it before i get it :(
Do you know any other great and helpful venting sites? Don’t be shy and let us know in the comments section below!