I confess. I do watch American Idol. So when I wanted to find out more about being a Webmaster and share it with you, I went to the source I trust the most: www.votefortheworst.com. Vote for the Worst is a site that aims to keep the most interesting contestants on the show by encouraging site visitors to “vote for the worst” rather than the best (and boring) American Idol contestants. Dave who maintains the site and writes most of the snarky blog entries was kind enough to share some information about his job in a short email interview:
What is it you do on a daily basis? What is your “job title”? I’m the creator of the site and I do most of the updating and content. I also get to moderate the message boards, scour the internet for rumors, and generally just spend way too much time thinking about a funny and awful TV show.
What are the great things about your job? The great things about my job: I get to provide humor to people who need a good laugh to make their day. I get to be interviewed by David Letterman, Howard Stern, the New York Times, and such. That’s kind of fun. And I get a lot of funny hate mail that makes me laugh. Overall, I love it.
What are the things that suck about your job? It’s very time consuming. It’s stressful to run such a big thing that so many people expect to always be updated and working. Also, this is just a second job/hobby for me, so I don’t always have a lot of time for it.
What kind of training, background, or just plain dumb luck would a person need if they were interested in having a cool job like yours? It’s all dumb luck. The site was started as a complete joke and now it’s this huge website. I knew know HTML or anything web related when it started, and now I’ve had to learn since the site became so popular. So really, find something big, make fun of it a lot, and then maybe you’ll luck out too.
Many thanks to Dave, a true internet celebrity and all around nice guy, for taking the time to let us know about his cool job. Be sure to check out his site at the link above and Vote for the Worst!