Happy Happy Smile Smile
July 30, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
I want more happy, well-designed blogs like 101 Cookbooks
or Enjoying the Small Things
so that I can pretend for short periods of time that the world is a delightful place. I don't want kittens, I just want to believe that someone out there is having a nice life.
posted by Acheman to Computers & Internet (38 answers total) 135 users marked this as a favorite
So most of the time I have, like, 20 tabs open of stories about people getting their DLA cut by ATOS or unemployed workfare conscripts sleeping under a bridge. Sometimes I need to read happy things. I care about design a lot, so it's important the happy things aren't typeset in some sort of hideous brush script. I'd also prefer it if the happy things sometimes involved people who aren't white, straight, able-bodied etc.
I get a small buzz from pictures of food, cats, babies etc. when charmingly photographed, but the effect is stronger and more sustained if I can believe that I am getting a window into someone's basically enjoyable life. In 101 Cookbooks, for instance, the recipes are great and all - I have made loads of them - but I have realised that a lot of what I get out of it is that she has wonderful cookware and walks down to the farmer's market in the sunshine and takes inordinate pleasure in ripe plums. I know social justice upper-middle-class rah rah but sometimes it brightens up my day to know someone is happy. And uses good fonts/tumblr themes. I know this is some kind of empathy-happiness porn but I can't persuade myself it is a bad thing on the scale of bad things.