What is STFU, Parents?

STFU, Parents is a submission-based blog that mocks parent overshare on social networking sites. It was created in March 2009 and is an entertainment destination for thousands of daily readers. Posts range from the ridiculous to the somewhat serious, and eating while reading is highly discouraged. You never know when you’re going to come across something like this. My apologies in advance.

If you’re new to the site, check out the End-of-Year Listicles herehere, here, and here that feature some of each year’s best posts. To read about STFUP in the press, click here. Thanks for stopping by!

Who writes this blog?

My name is Blair Koenig, and I’m the conductor of this crazy train. I write the commentary, manage the submissions and moderate the comments.

So the writer of this site is anonymous? Anonymity is so 2007.

I know, but for now I’ve yet to “come out of the closet.” I will someday. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of what half of my face looks like. (And what I sound like!) For 3.5 years, I was anonymous. Then I “revealed” my identity on Ricki Lake, and in the New York Post, and now I’m just a regular person! It’s great. For a little more info, check out the About page. For interviews and podcasts, click here. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation on Facebook.

Are you a parent?

No, but I hope to be one day. I promise not to take pictures of my child’s diaper explosions and turn them into greeting cards.

Why do you hate kids?

Um, I don’t. I just said I want to have kids. But while we’re on the subject, I often find that the people who haven’t really read the blog assume that I hate all children and parents. The truth is that I do NOT hate all children and parents, but I DO hate all of those people.

What inspired the blog? 

Some friends in my Facebook feed were driving me crazy by documenting the minutiae of their lives as new parents, so I started the blog. I figured if I was experiencing that frustration, others might be, too. My inbox has been frighteningly overflowing with poop and placenta submissions ever since.

Do mothers really eat their own placenta? I have a theory that all of those people are just messing with their Facebook friends.

Yes, some mothers eat their placenta. Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to learn that afterbirth can be prepared for consumption in a variety of ways, not to mention planted under a tree, left to sit in a freezer for a decade, and/or used to make festive art! Who knew you could make original artworks with the blood of a woman’s placenta?! (Not me!)

Do you have a comment policy? 

I do. Please find it here. And please don’t be an asshole in the comments. Thanks!

Can anyone be considered for the Comment of the Week Award?

Anyone from the blog comments section can win the Comment of the Week Pimp Chalice, including previous winners. Unfortunately eligibility is closed to the Facebook Page members because I can’t link to the individual comment to give credit.

How do I submit to you? Why do you only accept email submissions rather than have a simple form to fill out?

To find out how to submit, go here. I find that it’s easier to respond to submitters through email, and it feels more personal, so I don’t use an online submit form like some other sites do. Maybe I will someday, but for now email works best.

Do you edit the submissions or do I need to do it myself?

I edit the submissions myself but welcome edited submissions. However, if you block out everyone’s names with the same color then I have no idea what’s going on, so please don’t do that.

This site reminds me of another site. Have you heard of it?

Yes, I’ve heard of it. I don’t repost from other sites so please don’t send me their content. I’ve got lots of original material just waiting to be posted. TRUST.

Do you ever remove posts once they’ve gone up?

Sadly, yes. It’s always a grave day when I take something down (RIP placenta sushi post), but my policy is that I’m happy to remove anything the original poster asks me to remove. Just email me and we’ll discuss the situation like rational adults. Unless you’re unbalanced and blind with anger, at which point our interaction might be less pleasant. Either way, the policy is that the post will get removed by the end of the next business day.

Have any parents found themselves on the site?

Indeed! There have been mixed reactions. A few were thrilled, a few were livid, and a few simply said, “Eh, the Internet can be kind of mean sometimes. You people don’t even know what you’re talking about!” All of those people have valid feelings. No disrespect.

What are five things about you that people might not know?

- An ex-boyfriend once called me the CEO of Insults. I wear the title proudly.

- I love amusement parks and roller coasters. The more dilapidated, the better!

- Waitressing was one of my favorite jobs. I’m one of those people who thinks everyone should have to work retail or in the service industry at some point in their lives. Otherwise the chances of becoming a self-centered asshole increase by a thousand percent. That is a proven fact.

- I had braces for nearly six years. Whoever invented dental wax is my hero.

- I’m originally from the South, and as far as I’m concerned there’s nothing in life better than this. Nothing!