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Can you believe that all you need these days to get a book deal is a blog, a wacky idea and a throwaway Gmail address? It sounds too good to be true, but we're serious. A single-topic blog is anyone's chance at viral success and perhaps even actual print publication. But forget the books for now, the following single-topic blogs, we think, are the best of this year's blog explosion. From hilarious Sh*t My Dad Says (which is actually a Twitter page) to the crowd-sourced Awkward Family Photos, you'll definitely want to add at least one of these to your bookmarks (if you haven't already).

And the nominees for Best New Single-Topic Blog of 2009 are ...



Awkward Family Photos


Some family photos turn into treasured keepsakes, while others, whether because of odd positioning, something happening in the background or one too many mullets in the frame, just end up hilarious. We've all posed for each kind, which is why this blog has such wide appeal. It's a great place to go when you're missing your own awkward family, or just want to laugh at someone else's.

FML

FML

FML is a blog, and a phrase, that has risen from the land of Internet and crossed over into the modern vernacular. It's an acronym for the phrase "f*ck my life," which is to be used as an exclamation when something terribly embarrassing, unfortunate or unlucky befalls a person. People write into the blog with their tales of woe, and end the explanation with "FML." It's a great place to go read humiliating stories of other people's misery, and after you check it out, you'll probably feel a lot better that none of this stuff happened to you. Though the next time you step in dog poop, you may find yourself saying, "FML."


Sh*t My Dad Says

Sh*t My Dad Says may go down in history as Twitter's lasting contribution to society. It's run by a 28-year-old named Justin who recently had to move back home with his dad. Justin uses the account to document the grouchy yet timeless wisdom of his old man. For example: "The baby will talk when he talks, relax. It ain't like he knows the cure for cancer and he just ain't spitting it out." It now has over 760,000 followers and a TV deal in the works.


there i fixed it

There I Fixed It

There I Fixed It features the best improvised, jerry-rigged home repairs from throughout the land. Americans have always been an industrious and creative people, and the strains of the financial downturn have produced some wonderful examples of fixing a problem on the cheap -- usually involving duct tape, chewed bubble gum and/or a coffee maker.


this is why you're fat

This Is Why You're Fat

This Is Why You're Fat is a photo blog featuring some of the most decadent, deep-fried carnival food you could ever imagine existed. It describes itself as "where dreams become heart attacks," and the slogan really gets at the core of the blog's appeal, because the items featured (think a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich that uses glazed donuts as the bread) look half-delicious -- and half-repulsive. The blog landed a book deal that figures to be a big seller during the holiday season.



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