Hyperbole and a Half is a very popular online personal blog that contains numerous posts and comics. It was created by a woman named Allie Brosh, who would use the blog as a medium to show her emotions and her problems, as well as her attempts to solve them. It was basically the story of her life, drawn out in a fun, interesting way. She uses a computer program called Paintbrush to draw the iconic comics that are in each post, and the style is poorly drawn, but detailed. It is actually very impressive, and the poorly drawn look was the idea. It makes the site look approachable, and gives each post colorful personality, instead of the usual, boring walls of text.
Allie Brosh told the stories of her youth in the blog; however, as you can tell by the title of the blog, Hyperbole and a Half, she does exaggerate certain stories. The blog also goes over some of the important events in her adult life, as well as problems she comes across along the way. Some of her stories, including her critically acclaimed post on depression, start off by showing glimpses of her childhood, and use this as a base for her adult problems. Brosh has also created a web series of online videos, animated using the same intentionally crude design as her blog comics, and they have been very popular.
Allie Brosh got her inspiration for her blog from the comic series “rage comics”, which also has a purposely poorly drawn design. They are very similar in style, but the actual content is far different. However, some of Brosh’s images from her blog posts have been directly influenced from “rage comics”.
The success from her blog was phenomenal. She was able to release a book based on the blog, and it was an instant hit, selling a ton of copies. However, the blog eventually became empty, as no new posts were made. What happened to Allie Brosh? Why hasn’t she been adding content to her blog?
Brosh lived in California during her early childhood, and then at age seven, she moved to Idaho. She was a very successful track athlete, with some very impressive times. She was recruited by the University of Montana, and she eventually accepted a scholarship and went there to get her degree. After college, she and her two dogs, who have been in her web comics, moved to Oregon. She said that she moved there for the fresh air, saying that it is “quite possibly the best place on earth”. She felt that breathing the air was like “huffing joy and celebration”. Unknown to most at the time, Brosh was dealing with severe depression, and this was a move to help her get through it. Her husband, Duncan Hendrick, whom she married in 2012 after being in a relationship with him since 2005, was always trying to help her and do what was best for her mental health.
Brosh soon started up an online blog, for her to express herself and tell her story, along with some humor to entertain visitors of the site. She named it Hyperbole and a Half, and wrote about all kinds of things in her life. She has stories ranging from her battles with depression, to her experience with the world while having ADHD, and the effects synesthesia have on her view of the world.
Her blog is full of creative, crude drawings, with some of them becoming popular internet memes, including her “improved medical pain chart”, and an imaginary creature named “Alot”, which is what she always pictures when people make the grammatical mistake of writing the two words “a lot” into one word. Her blog is very popular among the internet, with sites like Reddit and Digg linking to her content a lot.
She also did an AMA on Reddit, which stands for “Ask Me Anything”. Users of the website can ask her questions, and the person who created the AMA thread can respond to them. Her success even got her invited to write a humor section for the popular blog The Gloss. Her blog was also listed on PC World’s list of the “funniest sites on the web”. A book based on the blog came out on October 29th, 2013.
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In 2011, Brosh revealed that she had severe depression in a blog post entitled “Adventures in Depression.” Her blog went inactive shortly afterward. In the end, it wasn’t until May 2013 that she posted again, this time with long-followup chronicling her struggle with depression. She also revealed that she had suicidal thoughts. Following the update, her site received more than 1.5 million visits a day; many visitors also left supportive comments, which surprised her.
The comics that she posted also became popular among those with depression. Those who have never experienced it also said that it made them understand the condition better. Critics and professionals including psychologists have also praised her depiction of the illness.
The success of the 2011 post also landed her a book deal. Her debut work, Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened was subsequently released in the fall of 2013. Not only was it written in the same style as her blog but it also included some blog posts in addition to new stories. To promote the book, Brosh went on a six-day book tour. She also made television and radio appearances and did an “AMA” session on Reddit, where users could ask her questions.
A commercial success, the book ended up selling over 350,000 copies within a month and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for twelve weeks. It also won a Goodreads Choice Award.
While she seemed to disappear from social media afterward, she did make a few public appearances in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, she also gave a talk on the JoCo Cruise.
She also announced that she was working on a second book. However, the release date ended up being delayed a number of times, which led many fans to wonder whether or not it was canceled altogether.
Fast forward to June 2020, and the book, entitled Solutions and Other Problems, reappeared online with a new cover. It was subsequently released on September 22, 2020, and like the first book, it too became a New York Times Bestseller. It was also met with positive reviews on Amazon. In fact, it currently has a 4.8-star rating on the site out of more than 7,700 reviews.
Around that same time, she made a post on Reddit where she revealed that she and her ex-husband had gotten divorced and that she has since remarried. She also stated that she has settled in Bend, Oregon once again, after moving to different states.
As of 2023, Bosh remains active on Reddit under the username @OtherTubemonster. Her blog, however, hasn’t been updated since 2020.