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02

Jul

Fantasy or Fun? The Rise of 'Ideal Boyfriends'€™ on Tumblr

If you missed it, last week The Cut ran this really cool article on YLLBBF, Bon Iver Erotica and My Daguerreotype Boyfriend, and some other ideal boyfriend tumblrs. Check it out!

What gives these sites their viral appeal is the air-quotes-like ironic humor at play, especially when compared to, say, losing your s—- over Justin Bieber as a legitimate fan. In that way, these sites don’t speak to anything that women want in a partner. They critique the gap — for all of us — between fantasy and reality. Because, after all, it’s just a joke. Right?

28

Jun

The Best of Maine Awards

Since Your LL Bean Boyfriend was recently included in Down East's Best of Maine issue, I had the pleasure of getting to go to their Best of Maine Awards party with all the other winners. What?! So fun! Pretty much everyone there was a legitimate adult with a legitimate business or something, and as most of the time I feel like a tween with a weird internet habit, it was fun to get that all legitimized with an official plaque. See? It’s okay to hang out on tumblr all the time.

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With Paul Doiron, the editor-in-chief of Down East. When I got up there to get my picture with him he leaned over to tell me he was wearing an LL Bean Signature suit. 

Since my LL Bean Boyfriend was unavailable, my friend Bekah came along since we both love going to parties where plates of small sandwiches are offered to you more or less constantly. Also she was one of the people with whom this whole joke that escalated into a blog started with, so she’s been freaking out with me for quite some time. 

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Check out more pictures of the winners on the Down East facebook page, and check out the July issue for Down East's picks (and their readers' picks) on what's what in Maine! (You know, for when you're planning your vacation with your LLBBF. Or the vacation you're going to take to find your LLBBF. Whatever.)

Clicky click below for some more pics. 

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19

Jun

Best of Maine

If you happen to sneak a peek at DownEast’s July issue, not only can you find out where to get the best lobster roll and find the best skiing, you can also see that YLLBBF made the cut!

Yeah, that’s right. 

Thank you, Liberal Arts education. 

(Also, thank you, DownEast!)

06

Jun

Recent Press

Newsweek and TIME Newsfeed included YLLBBF in some semi-recent round-ups of their favorite tumblrs, check the links out (with bonus, other hilarious tumblrs)!

TIME Newsfeed: 7 Great Tumblrs of the Last Year

Newsweek: Happy Tumblring

Although any mention on the internet, in my opinion, is hard to beat this RT from my alma mater: image

Yep. 

29

May

VOTE Your Own LL Bean Boyfriend Adventure (II): Story (Part I)

When Thurston and I met five years ago, I was finishing up my doctorate in archaeology, managing a dig in New Mexico. The project was mostly a glorified exercise for undergraduate interns to get some experience, and not all that exciting as far as uncovering actual artifacts went. Thurston found himself at the site, a struggling photojournalist in the beginning dregs of his career, documenting the project for our funders. When I’d learned that we had to accommodate a photojournalist at the site—explain to him what was going on and make sure he didn’t mess anything up while we went about our work, I was annoyed. I had enough to deal with making sure the interns’ senioritis didn’t destroy what little progress we were making. But as soon as Thurston stepped out of his rented Jeep, my knees went weak.

"I thought this would be more like Indiana Jones,” he said with his signature smirk as he looked around at my motley crew of interns. “So are you like Indiana Jane?” he asked. There was no turning back.

Fast-forward five years, and Thurston and I were blissfully happy together. Now a much more successful photojournalist, Thurston got to travel all over the world, whereas I was still somewhat stuck following whatever academic funding made new digs possible. But as luck would have it, while Thurston was on a two-month assignment in Livingston, Guatemala, writing a story on the Garifuna, I got approved to work on the excavation of possible Maya ruins a few hours away from the beachside town where Thurston was staying… 

(To be continued…) 

28

May

Guys! Sorry I’ve been such a lying-liar pants. I promised a story, and then got really busy and blew past my self-set deadlines, just like college all over again. 
To make up for this internet deviance, 
1.) Here’s a picture of a cute dog. 
2.) The story will be posted tonight. Only… 2 weeks late. 
3.) AND (no deadline yet because I don’t want to make myself a liar again) to make up for being so stinky and absent, I will also be posting *soon* a SECOND story with all the 2nd place answers from the survey, so Harrison fans, rejoice. 

Guys! Sorry I’ve been such a lying-liar pants. I promised a story, and then got really busy and blew past my self-set deadlines, just like college all over again. 

To make up for this internet deviance, 

1.) Here’s a picture of a cute dog. 

2.) The story will be posted tonight. Only… 2 weeks late. 

3.) AND (no deadline yet because I don’t want to make myself a liar again) to make up for being so stinky and absent, I will also be posting *soon* a SECOND story with all the 2nd place answers from the survey, so Harrison fans, rejoice. 

13

May

Teaser! Just the Results!

Whoopsie! I’m behind on my own deadline. I have not been around my computer/the internet much in the last week so please wait til Tuesday and I will—forreal—post the story. For now, here’s a preview of what’s to come. 

A narrow win for Thurston! For awhile Harrison was in the lead, but you Thurston fans rallied. 

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07

May

Yeah he is. I mean… ahem, the clothing. The clothing is. Yep.
By the way, the Vote Your Own LL Bean Boyfriend Adventure survey is now closed! I will post the story created out of all the weird things over 500 of you guys voted for on Friday!

Yeah he is. I mean… ahem, the clothing. The clothing is. Yep.

By the way, the Vote Your Own LL Bean Boyfriend Adventure survey is now closed! I will post the story created out of all the weird things over 500 of you guys voted for on Friday!

02

May

Remember to vote!

There are 6 more days before I close the very special VOTE Your Own LL Bean Boyfriend Adventure (II) survey!

We did this back in January when YLLBBF hit 10,000 followers, and you all voted on elements of a longer LLBBF story. So now that you all have gazed upon all this flannel and hunkiness over a million times, we’re doing it again!

So… what are you waiting for? Vote! 

23

Apr

Your LL Bean Boyfriend Has Over 1,000,000 Pageviews!

Granted I only figured out how to install Google Analytics about 2 weeks after this site went nuts, but you crazy-loyal crazy people have read this a lot.image

So, to commemorate this special moment, I am going to do ANOTHER very special VOTE Your Own LL Bean Boyfriend Adventure (remember when we did this before? The results were fun).

This is how it works! For the next two weeks you all get to vote on elements of the story, from the Boyfriend to critical plot points. When the 2 weeks is up, the survey closes, and you’ll get to read the story you voted for three days later. 

GET VOTING!