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Ask E. Jean For DearSugar: How Can I Become a Famous Blogger?

Dear E. Jean,

A couple of months ago you posted an answer to a question on DearSugar about how to become famous writing a blog. I’ve looked and looked and can’t find the post. I’ve googled it — still can’t find it. Do you mind giving a brief rundown of what you said? I’m just starting my blog, and it’s great! (If I do say so myself:) But I can’t figure out how to get people to even leave comments on the damn thing, let alone get free publicity. What’s the secret? How do I get famous? How do I get a book deal? Where’s my movie deal? (Just kidding)
— Future Diablo Cody

To see E. Jean's answer


DIABLO, MY DAFFODIL: No wonder you couldn’t find the post, darling — it was in Elle. But I am so glad you asked about it. Why? Because the supreme geniuses who rock the answers and comments every day here on Dear Sugar know a million times more about getting famous writing blogs than I do. So after I’m finished flapping my gums, you will get some REAL advice. So let’s dive in:

The 3 Best Ways to Get Famous For Your Blog

  1. Eschew the old polite-essay form. Forget the hunched-over-the-keyboard insights — gah! We’re all drowning in insights! Instead choose a blogosphere icon, wittily attack his/her most sacred ideas, and update four or five times a day. This will rile up the message boards and commenters. Lathered-up commenters will produce links to your blog. The more links, the higher you go on Google, Feedster, Technorati.
  2. Own your subject. Update several times a day with bullet-proof wit on a subject nobody else is doing. (See the waggishly cool updates on PetSugar, CitizenSugar, SavvySugar — they gong-kick the competition).
  3. Do the work. Break stories, update with new links, pictures, videos, and for gawdssakes! Write with style.

    That’s it. If you blog in your underwear (like Naked News) your viewership will skyrocket; but the cold, hard facts tell us that it requires 10 hours a day, seven days a week of slogging to get your blog seen by more than 100 people, let alone read and commented upon. If you don’t possess the stamina, write on Wikipedia instead, my luv, and enlighten people.

    So much for my little introduction to getting famous for blog writing. I now turn it over to people who know just waaaaay more than I do. Take it away, Dearest Sugars:

    To see more advice from E. Jean visit Elle magazine and

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tee0206 tee0206 8 years Some friends and I had gotten into "social experiments" on Craigslist, and the above blog records the results. :)
lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 8 years
Oh, I'm so excited that not only several of you have read my blog, but you liked it & tried commenting, too! I've fixed the comments so you can post them. I'm only a month into it so still a little green. Latte: Oishi is good for sushi, but I can guarantee you will wait a lonnng time. I mainly go their for my favorite Vietnamese soup called Pho. My favorite sushi spot is called Sushi Zushi off Oak Lawn. It's a leetle pricy, but does my Yellow Tail Sashimi (thinly sliced) the best way. Sushi on McKinney is also good. :)
shannon_xo shannon_xo 8 years <--- my blog. yeah im very new so feel free to give advice!
Daphonay Daphonay 8 years
Good advice. Also make sure you blog is mentioned in anything and everywhere else you post on the internet.
ste_ste_ste ste_ste_ste 8 years
Hello, I have a new blog, and it makes me sad that NO ONE has even viewed it yet! lol I would appreciate a few clicks. I hope you find it interesting! Also. Can anyone help me with AdSense? How does it work? If people click on the advert I get paid a cut? But why would people click on those adverts? xxx
sushibananas sushibananas 8 years
Wow! I love this post! It's great to have all your links. We know what I'm reading today! It may have already been said, but a unique topic or a unique angle on a topic of interest seems to attract. For me, I've chosen a unique life path and in just two weeks will begin a round-the-world journey starting in Thailand. I've recently completed my new website, which includes my blog. As much as I would love to post several times a day (another good tip) it's not going to be possible from remote locations. Nonetheless, here's my baby: If you're curious to read more, you can go to my former blog on blogger which is: Keep posting ladies! I can't wait to link up!
Rose-16 Rose-16 8 years
Lizzie: I also tried commenting on your blog but was unable to do so. I loved it! I'm trying to post on all these amazing blogs today :-)
lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
Yeah, I hear you guys, it's hard to not be personal but still talk about stuff that interests you. The way I do it is I don't put anything in there that is about me, or that can distinguish me from anyone else. Sucks because sometimes I do want to talk about certain things in my life, but in the end, it's better to try to be anonymous.. if that's what you're going for anyway. Oh yeah, and my blog again, if you missed it the first time hehe!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Hey freegracefrom, I'm still trying to figure out my niche and I've had my blog for over a year! Check it out at
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
I have one at, but I'm still trying to figure out my niche with it and so I haven't been posting much. Until recently, I had about 5 different blogs with different themes scattered all over the internet. I'm trying to figure out a way to have a personal blog, but without being TOO personal, and also have the freedom to talk about my many interests without boring people. It's a balancing act for sure.
lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
Lizzie, I tried to reply to your post, but there aren't any comment thingies on there. :( I just wanted to say that I'm in the DFW area too and have yet to try Oishi! I love sushi, so I might hit it up this weekend.. is it expensive? Tried to look at the menu but like you said, their website isn't complete yet and it wasn't on there...
br0wneyed9irl00 br0wneyed9irl00 8 years
e jean is absolutely right about choosing a topic you can enjoy writing knowledgeably about. you have to have something to say that's worth hearing (new or different or at least correct). and, you have to enjoy writing it. it's kind of like smiling when you answer the phone. the other thing you have to do is write! even if you don't have a following, the practice will do you good. i just started a blog a few days ago: i'm not really following my own advice in choosing *one* topic, but it is about everything i am interested in. it will probably end up being about art, because i dream of being an artist. so, please check it out when you have a chance:
celebrity-gossip celebrity-gossip 8 years
Great post!! I started my blog few weeks ago and I'm already getting a lot of readers! But I work really hard on it, I updated it like 7-8 times a day and really it takes up all my day to do it. but I love it! Come visit me and have some great laughs! Thanks
rinaz rinaz 8 years
Hmmm ... I'll contribute my blog too :)
nicachica nicachica 8 years
omg, too many blogs for me to check out but i'm still gonna do it cuz i love my sugar gals! as for me, i'll just stick to posting comments on DearSugar and CitizenSugar. ;)
lizzie_ttu lizzie_ttu 8 years
Well, since we're sharing... ;) My blog is a personal diary. Literally about what's going on in my life! I only post about 2 times a week. I wish I could more, but I need a whole week's worth of activities to even have something interesting to say :)
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
here's my blog!
thomasjl2 thomasjl2 8 years
Put it over facebook and myspace... Check out my blog..its totally random and fun!
lattegoodness lattegoodness 8 years
Nice post... I think my blog's pretty nifty too: I think it'd be cool if people post comments on here with their own blogs... will give a bit more exposure to all, right? :) Happy blogging!
Rose-16 Rose-16 8 years
I absolutely love this blog:, but I know the authors and they're looking for more readership too. I'll direct them to this post!
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
what is your site? i'll go to it and comment. :) post all your best posts on sugarloving!
tinyspark tinyspark 8 years
Having talent helps too...
karlotta karlotta 8 years
I used to have a secret anonymous blog where I wrote about my sex life. I had to stop because I was getting thousands of visits a day and I was afraid I wouldn't stay "anonymous" much longer :s Why thousands of people were coming to read about some random girl's romps/communication problems with a playing-hard-to-get, dark, handsome, cowboy-looking Greek God, I have no idea. It was barely erotic, let alone interesting - but I was getting tons of comments and my readership was growing every day. So here's one for you - have a secret affair with a guy and act really tortured about it on the internet. People seem to fancy that.
gooniette gooniette 8 years
Here's a thought. Post your blog url on any social networking site you are on, like myspace, friendster, facebook, your Sugar profile... By the way, visit my blog at ;-) Good luck! And I'd like to know your site.
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