Hi, Monsters, my name is BradOFarrell and I am terrified to be here. I’ve been reading Videogum since I think early 2008, which is when I had my first 9 to 5 job at this one website that made stupid web videos. I spent so many hours a day reading Videogum articles and commenting and kind of stealing money from my employer by not actually working. Last year I stopped working for that company and became a full time blogger myself (living the dream! I forgot what day of the week it is?) at which point I actually didn’t read Videogum as obsessively because I stopped checking my RSS reader obsessively because I no longer had to appear to be busy at a computer all day. I basically got RSS diabetes and now at restaurants I have to ask for XML as an RSS substitute (haha, nerd jokes!). I actually am a total twitter-head though (plug!) and I read the @videogum twitter and I usually click on articles from there these days.

Now that I’ve totally invalidated my right to be here, let me talk about what I like about Videogum! I feel like Videogum is one of the few blogs I read that feels like a legit community. Some of the blogs I read (and even some of the blogs I write for!) will have hundreds of comments on a post, but it’s all detached jibber-jabber. No one replies to anyone else! At Videogum, people reply to each other! And individual users remember the usernames of other individual users! It feels like LiveJournal but we’re not teenagers! We also have our own memes! Do you know how hard it is for a blogger to cultivate that kind of community? Gabe is a very loving father of a very special website and you should be proud!

Also, another thing I love about Videogum is that it’s not really a blog about cat fart videos and TV shows, right? I mean there are tons of sites that can show you what’s currently happening on the Internet, but Videogum does something those other sites don’t! They give credit and fact check! (KIDDING! But seriously Videogum is way better at that than some other sites.) But really, you don’t read Videogum for the videos, you read it for the commentary! And it’s not just because Gabe is funny (he is TBS, very funny) its because Videogum views pop culture with a critical discerning eye, rather than just lazily posting things that are “getting a lot of buzz” at the moment. We legitimize cultural junk food as an art form, or something! That’s something to be proud of, I think!

This is starting to sound more like a valedictorian speech or a sales pitch than an introduction. I should say more stuff about myself! Oh, I made the original keyboard cat video. “It wasn’t my cat, the cat’s dead, the video was filmed before I was born, I was just the first person to mash it up with fail videos, and I also retitled it ‘Keyboard Cat’ and did some legal stuff and promotional stuff to get it off the ground.” –Me at parties. I’d link to the Wikipedia page but I don’t like how I look fat in the picture.

Also I’m 24 years old (Lindsay says she refers to me as “this 24 year old I talk to online”, as in, “this 24 year old I talk to online has never heard of the Beastie Boys” etc.) and I live in New York City.

Okay! Did I do it right? Was that a good enough introduction post? Please be gentle! Lets all just try to get through this day together. One cat fart video at a time.

Comments (67)
  1. Welcome, Brad! Don’t fuck this up!

  2. Welcome. I’m currently eating dry frosted Mini-Wheats directly from the box.

  3. You guys should check out Brad’s very funny tumblr, too: http://bradofarrell.tumblr.com/

  4. Welcome Brad! My cousins name in Brad. You wouldn’t happen to be my cousin, would you? If so, give me my copy of Chrono Trigger back you asshole. If not… uh… welcome!

  5. Bring it on, BradOFarrell! I have a lot of things to say about some of this stuff, but that’s because I majored in Stuff in college.

  6. I think this post is great, but can we cool it on the TBS comparisons? Gabe is no George Lopez.

    That guy remains popular in syndication.

  7. Hi Brad! So you really made the Keyboard Cat video? Did you get paid in pistachios for that commercial? Inquiring minds want to know!

    • I didn’t get paid but only because I’m lazy. The guy who actually filmed the cat playing the keyboard before I was born, Charlie Schmidt, has been taking way more initiative than me and has been the one going out and getting all the deals lately. I got a few deals like that early on but then I got lazy. I mean it’s his cat. I guess I technically own the phrase “Keyboard Cat” and I guess I COULD sue (my dad keeps telling me to sue) but I’m not a douche, that’s such a douchey thing to do. If I wanted to make more money off of it I would have put in the effort to do so. Charlie put in more effort than me so he deserves more money. The end.

  8. I first read Brad’s name as “Brad of Arrell”, like he’s and Arthurian knight or something. It’s gonna be a good day!

  9. Hello Brad!

    Can I take a second and give mad props (is that right?) to Nightmare, who did an awesome job yesterday.

  10. Did we just become best friends? ahhhh yup!

  11. “Hi Brad!” -me
    “Who are you?” -everyone else (@ me)
    “Just a guy.” -me (quoting Brain Candy)

  12. Hey, Brad!

    Flagship isn’t canon (nobody will get this).

  13. Hi Brad! My name is also Brad. If you don’t mind ill be deluding myself into thinking these well wishes and good lucks are me on my 94th day at my new job.

  14. If I say I think you look like Halle Berry in that picture on Wikipedia, do I get this your editor’s choice this week? I’m looking to sweep all five.

  15. Hi Brad,

    Welcome! It’s my birthday today so, as per tradition, I get a blogpost dedicated to me. This is a normal thing that started around the time you stopped visiting the site so frequently.


  16. Very Much looking forward to today!

  17. Internet’s BradOFarrell!
    and South American sensation Xoxchitla!

  18. so, since gabe has sworn never to watch gossip girl again, and you are the tuesday guest, will you be writing a gossip girl recap?

  19. Hi Brad. All I got from your post was that you’ve never heard of the Beatie Boys.

  20. I have a couple of questions Mr. OFarrell:

    Growing up, what prepared you for a life in viral humor? Seeing that you are young, did you always look at the Internet as a primary outlet for your humor?

    Is there something-besides making people laugh- of substance that has come from this experience?

    How do you feel knowing that a creation of yours will probably outlive all of us?

    Will you be my friend?

  21. Yay, Brad! Good luck today…You’re going to need it! JK! JK! You’ll be great! :)

  22. Ron Livingston owes you for the best work of his career.

  23. Hi Brad! You are going to kick ass. Here is my welcome gif(t) to you:

  24. Dammit, Brad. I told myself yesterday I would stop developing nerd crushes on cute guys based on their Tumblrs.

  25. I am alerting the internet that I beat a videogum guess blogger in Pokemon once with my “asshole team”.

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