Wednesday, September 28, 2011

But why?

My dad thinks I'm the most hilarious person on the planet. He also thinks I shouldn't be giving away funny for free.

It was my dad's 65th birthday last Thursday. The following is the conversation we had after we got past the birthday wishes.
Dad: I know about your website.

Oh yeah? You mean the one I've only talked about for the past year or so?

Dad: Yeah, some guy at my gym told me he read about you in the paper. I didn't know what the hell he was talking about. I thought you were joking.

Dad, I told you I had a website about all the commuting nonsense that goes on. With the GO train, yadda yadda.

Dad: Well I asked mommy (yes he calls her that when referring to her to me) to show me the website but you know what she's like with the computer. She farts around and next thing we know we're on this site with trains and people going on about trains and what year it was made and how long it was in service and I was saying to her, this isn't the site and she was saying to me well it's about trains! And I says, BUT IT'S NOT FUNNY and Cindy's site is FUNNY because the guy at the gym said it was funny. He said, your daughter is very funny.

I think I know the site you guys were on. There are people who are real serious about trains.

Dad: No kidding. The website is full of them. I have no idea how people do it.

Do what?

Dad: Make websites.

It's fun.

Dad: But why, tho?

Well, it's no different than writing a book, I guess, only there's no one you have to beg to get your work in front of people. With a website you're the editor and publisher and it's up to you find a readership.

Dad: How did you make your site?

Dad, you know I do this for a living.

Dad: Yeah, okay, but you make money. This website doesn't make you money.

No but I think there could be a way with using the traffic ... (he cuts me off)

Dad: Nah, nah, nah. You need to make people pay for your site.

Dad, no one is going to pay to read my site.

Dad: No?


Dad: I don't get it then.

It's okay, dad. It's just something I enjoy doing. I like making people laugh.

Dad: You shouldn't be doing it for free is alls I'm sayin'. People should pay to laugh. That's just how it works.
He's awesome. Swear to God.


Anonymous said...

Really? Then you're dad doesn't know comedy, honey. Sorry.
You're amusing but I wouldn't call you hilarious. I'm sure I'm not alone.

lswgirl13 said...

Your Dad has a point! Sounds like a fun guy! He must be proud to have a celebrity daughter!
And the whole parents on the computer thing is great! My Dad has a desktop, a laptop and a netbook . . . WHY???
And my Mom, she's on Facebook but can't to seem to figure it out with hilarious results!

C.J. Smith said...

First Anon,
I appreciate the effort it took you to bang that out. I don't do lulz. Sorry.

C.J. Smith said...

That funny shouldn't be free?
It's free for the moment ... (demonic laugh)

James said...

You could monetize the site by selling bumper stickers or pins. Or even setting up an Amazon affiliate store. I'm not so sure a site is high cost anyway so probably not necessary.

C.J. Smith said...

Blogger is free. My time to amuse you all is complimentary. The domain name costs me $9 US a year.

lswgirl13 said...

I'll kick in 50 cents.

Jean-Baptiste aka the Crazy Acadian aka Dad said...

You can write your cheques out to me.
He he he.
Cindy, it took me 10 minutes to figure out to write to you in this box. You should fix this.

VanessaLSW said...

I wish there was a like button for comments! :) b/c I would definitely check it off for Jean-Baptiste's! ^_^

C.J. Smith said...

My dad. Awesomesauce.

Anonymous said...

"Cindy, it took me 10 minutes to figure out to write to you in this box. You should fix this."

Best comment ever.

First anon just doesn't share your sense of humour. I think your stories are hilarious.

purple rain said...

Yep. Your dad is someone I'd like to share a beer with. For sure.

Skin Man said...

trollers gotta troll. CJ I think I would pay to read this site...I really enjoy it. It often starts and ends my day.

Maybe saying something about my life...

Nah this shizzle just cracks me up!