Technology May 4, 2012
Q&A: How Does 'The Bloggess' Live Online? Surfing With Jenny Lawson


Jenny Lawson is an American journalist, author and blogger, whose website The Bloggess has won her countless fans with its particular brand of wit (she calls it "an uncensored space to say the f-word and talk about ninjas"). Her first book, 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir', was released on April 17th, and shot to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Jenny's out on a book tour at the moment, but she was good enough to share some insights with us into how an Internet star uses ... well, the Internet.

Let's go Surfing With Jenny Lawson:

1. What's your favourite viral video?

I like the one where the 3 year old was carrying around a dead squirrel and it became really popular because of her mispronunciation of the word "squirrel". About 3,098 people sent me that telling me how cute it was. IT WAS A CHILD FONDLING A MURDERED RODENT. I think its popularity says a lot about humanity.

The video (warning: contains a dead squirrel, as you might expect):

2. What's the best tweet you've ever read or sent?

I once threw myself a surprise party on twitter because I was lonely. It was awesome. Thousands of people showed up and then Wil Wheaton and I made a bunch of monkey-ponies. It was the most successful surprise party I've ever thrown in my life. It was also the only surprise party I've ever thrown in my whole life.

This may or may not be a moment from that party:

3. What website are you on everyday?
The Bloggess. Mainly because it's my website and so I have to check on it or it crashes. Sometimes that website is a damn albatross.

4. What's the worst thing you've ever seen on the internet?

Two girls, one cup. And that squirrel video.

We're definitely not going to put two girls, one cup on this website. But here's that squirrel video again!

5. What's the one thing that the internet doesn't know about you?

The first thing I do when I come home is check the refrigerator for cats because I'm convinced that if one dies my husband will hide it in there because I don't cook and so I won't see it. I do drink cokes though so technically he should hide the corpse in the oven. And now I need to start checking the oven.

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