"Before there were blogs, there were zines," writes the blogger behind When Love Breaks Down, a bitter but hilarious breakup blog with a twist. The breakup happened more than 10 years ago, and the blog is based on pages ripped from a zine the writer published back in 1998.
Each post features a page from the zine in all its cringe-inducing glory, complete with modern-day commentary, like this annotation on the entry above:
I really thought once you had a kid, you would grow up. Or at least have a conversation about leaving your family, at least a conversation, before you just up and do it. Before you just cheat and leave. I mean, that’s Lifetime movie plot, not real life.
Zines were totally the blogs of the 1990s; everyone was doing it! To learn more about the back story, keep reading.
The writer Xeroxed the first issue of the zine 10 days after the breakup, which sounds pretty traumatic with a toddler and cheating involved. When Love Breaks Down admits that some of the content is "really embarrassing" now, but that's what makes the blog so funny, sad, and comforting to read.
Because, really, who hasn't written a really embarrassing email or journal entry in the days following a breakup? Reading these rants makes you realize how eerily universal those outbursts are!