Blog Star: Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

This week we're putting out our list of Blog Stars, a feature story on ten of the best and the brightest in Houston. The bloggers in the story write on a wide range of topics, from sports to politics to the law to food and beyond, and many of them have both a personal blog and gigs writing elsewhere. Humor blogger Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess, was our favorite interview -- the woman cracks us up -- and she has a few interesting gigs we thought Hair Balls readers might appreciate.

Lawson does Ask the Bloggess, a satirical column for a site called PNN, where she gives "really horrible advice." She tackles subjects such as whether a reader's penis is haunted, how to stab people, and when you should or shouldn't commit arson. "Every once in a while I think, 'Somebody is going to do this one day, and I'm gonna get sued,'" she says.

With another mom, Lawson does a blog for the Houston Chronicle called Good Mom/Bad Mom. One day, a porn company sent them a really strange pitch -- clearly, without reading the blog. So they decided to mess with the guy. "We wrote a series of completely clueless things about how we're this parenting blog, and it looks like you have swings, and we're looking for new swings for our playground. We posted the whole thing."

That post led to Lawson's sex column for SexIs, a subsidiary of Eden Fantasies. The column, Lawson writes on her personal blog, is "satirical and relatively safe for work if your boss isn't a douche-canoe." In a recent piece on SexIs, Lawson writes about how her bosses there are considering putting a disclaimer on her writing announcing that it's satire. It all culminates in "the most recent time I sent photos of myself in a ball-gag to an employer":

Jenny Lawson is a local -- maybe national -- treasure.

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Cathy Matusow
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