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How to Become a Celebrity

After spending nine months in Hollywood, I’ve learned that pretty much all of the fame-seeking prima donnas out here need a clue. Fortunately, that’s where I come in. Enjoy, and Max—earmuffs!1

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Ben Higham February 19, 2009

Awesome video. Some would be offended that you’re so passionate about the subject but I (and a lot of others) feel exactly the same as you.

Celebrity, especially in new media, is about making connections with the people that matter, the people that appreciate you; the people that follow you. Not trying to leech off someone else’s hard work or fame in the hope they’ll drag you up to their level.

PS. Loving working with Thesis so far :)

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Lisa Wood February 19, 2009

Chris, listening to you rant is a hoot. Great video. :)

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andrew wee February 19, 2009

The wife beater is a nice touch.

I’ve sensed some frustration building up in your tweets over the last couple of days.

Good to see you use the Force, Luke, er, Chris.

If Rants Be the Food of Love, F-Bomb On

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Matej February 19, 2009

Awesome, we should tweet this post to every “celebrity” out there.

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Mike February 19, 2009

You can take the boy out of The Ville, but you can’t take The Ville out of the boy ;-)

Glad the Kentuckian in you finally came oozin’ out !

You shoulda added email in there. Those same celebs also ignore email until they need something or somebody.

Hmmm….maybe that’s a character flaw you’ve gotta have to be a Wannabe. Glad I ain’t flawed like that.

We still love you back in the hills, bro.

Come on back anytime…and send my damn t-shirt back, you’re stretchin’ it out !

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Brian Clark February 19, 2009

Ummm, did you clear this with marketing?

And legal?

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Trace February 19, 2009

Chris, is that you? I hear you …. I’m off of Franklin / Argyle….. what part of town are you in?

T

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Kevin February 19, 2009

To what extent is their failure to respond to random tweets and emails a function of who they are talking to and the concern over where it may lead to? Perhaps I am off base here, but where is the line between a healthy desire to communicate and harassment? Given the high profile cases of celebrity stalking I’m not sure I would respond to each and every communication or even most of them. Of course, that leads to the question of whether they should be active on social networking sites. Anyway, fun video.

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Leonard Klaatu February 19, 2009

Screw marketing and legal. Except in reverse order.

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Peridot February 19, 2009

Great advice about becoming a celebrity. I think wearing a sexy muscle shirt doesn’t hurt either ;-)

But seriously, thank you again for the insight. I’ve used many of your blog design principles on my site and have seen real results.

Now excuse me, I have to answer some tweets.

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Chris Pearson February 19, 2009

Guys and gals, thanks for the kind words and encouragement! You certainly made my day.

Trace — Dude, seriously? I live just up the street from you off Beachwood—I’m surprised you didn’t hear me ranting in real time.

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JohnM February 20, 2009

You know what Pearson, I thought you were a smart coder, developer and businessman, and with pretty good writing skills to effectively communicate your wonderful themes. Now this immature YouTube-style rant (which, I did not endure to the end) that has no place or relation to the rest of your site’s integrity.

Not good! Not Pro! That’s my rant when someone pisses up a good thing.

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Rae February 20, 2009

JohnM, you are obviously a straight man. Because no woman or gay man would complain about this video. As a matter of fact, the commenters on Twitter were pissed that there was not more oil on him during the filming. So, I advise you not listen to him and just look. And go wow. If I looked like that, I’d get laid waaaaay more often. ;-)

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Netmeg February 20, 2009

In no way does this video detract from Chris’ coding, developer or business skills; I’m surprised anyone would think so. As the CEO of two corporations, I’m entrusting quite a few of my own sites (and even more importantly, a few client sites) to his coding and developing skills as I convert them to Thesis, and I haven’t found him any less skilled OR business-like OR helpful because he put out this video.

And being easy on the eyes is just the icing on the cake.

(ork ork)

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Lisa Barone February 20, 2009

JohnM: Yes, shame on Pearson for expressing himself on his Web site. What a blow to his integrity speaking out against the vapid shallowness of others. How dare he use the platform he created to fight for change. What a jerk. Instead, we should all lock him in a room and force him to constantly give us new versions of Thesis.

Or, you could perhaps just f’n deal. Because like Rae said, the only thing I was offended over was that he didn’t give us the video shirtless and soaking wet. I don’t know if you noticed, but Pearson is fucking hot.

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MikeTek February 20, 2009

I hear you and agree.

My reaction to these people is to simply write them off. If they’re too cool for school and can’t reply, who needs them.

I’ll just focus on the people who’ve got it right – and who understand that without their fans they’ve got nothing. Let the others keep screwing up.

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MikeTek February 20, 2009

Note to self: for rant videos, do 50 push-ups and remove shirt before filming. Gesture violently. Success.

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Michelle February 20, 2009

Wow, found this vid through the twitter stream and um yeah certainly caught and kept my attention. Oh and the message was good
too.

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Shelley February 20, 2009

Chris, I think it’s nearly unanimous: less shirt, more oil…oh and were you saying something?
BTW can U recommend someone to help me tweak my Thesis theme?
Shelley

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Joe February 20, 2009

I’d just like to say kudos for using blip.tv, and also mention if you didn’t realize that they allow you to choose an image to sit as the video preview. The grainyness of the video still in contrast with the rest of your beautiful design is kind of killing me (as with other blogs that embed YouTube, etc). :P

Also: thanks very much for Thesis.

Also: thumbs down to vapid LA people.

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Mike February 20, 2009

JohnM,

I think Chris is an expressive person. How else could he have come up with something like Thesis? No one else has done anything like it. But he saw something and brought it out of himself, he “expressed”. So now he’s expressing something else. Big deal. That has nothing to with his coding or his product….which may complicate this purpose of this website, but in no way does that video detract from his work. No way.

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Brian Clark February 20, 2009

I knew pimping Pearson out was good for cash business during Mardi Gras, but why didn’t I think of the video angle?

I’m slipping people, slipping…

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Brian @ hardgainer-transformation.com February 21, 2009

CLASSIC

The good thing is it seems that the city hasn’t gotten to you (yet) ahahhaah

Next time you video post lets hope that you haven’t “picked up a script” from a coffee store

Keep up the good work

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Trace February 21, 2009

Haha. I go up beachwood every day to hit the dog park below the Hwood sign… hit up Borgeouis Pig / Birds every now and then… too funny.

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Kate Rawlins February 22, 2009

Wow – I came here, this Sunday morning, from church, looking for help w/my Cutline blog theme, (I can’t find the sitemap page), and walked in on a cute, young man, in a well-filled-out-muscle-shirt, ranting and raving and slapping and sweating and psssionate and abso-freakin-lutely RIGHT- how cool is that!

(now – what about sitemap on Cutline ???) Thanks and try to get out and enjoy the Pacific Coast Highway at least.)

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Miami February 22, 2009

Chris,

This sounds like the rant of the year. Forget about Rick Santelli the CNBC guy.

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Paul Warren February 22, 2009

I just dropped by today, to checkout what affiliate program Chris was using on here for his thesis theme. (I’ve been here before, and realised he knew what he was on about)!

Any how, I spotted this video and began watching it…. At first glance, I thought to myself — Chris is a a dick!

..Fast forward.

I’ve now finished watching this video, and have come to the conclusion, Chris is a legend, let rip fella, let it out!

There’s way to many self-titled-hero’s in the world today, whether they’re celebrities, business people, or people in power.

I’d consider myself very successful, but I make a point of NEVER ever forgetting the little people. You know, the customers? Those who keep us all in business? Or the followers – those who we work, for?

Sure it’s great to wine and dine and name drop, but at the end of the day, most of these posers don’t care about you care, they only care about what they can take & and make from you.

Here’s some decent rules I live by..

* Never make an assumption, about anyone.
* Make time for people.
* Try to now act like to much of a wanker, when you’re successful.
* Remember where you came from..

Looking forward to following on Twitter Chris.

Cheers,
Paul

nb: One of my businesses is valued at several mill, so I’d hope that accounts for something!

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Chris Pearson February 23, 2009

Paul — Thanks, man, I loved the explanation of your roller coaster reaction to the video! Also, be sure to gimme a shout on Twitter—I’ll remember who you are ;)

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Krug February 23, 2009

Seriously the best video ever.

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Dan Root February 24, 2009

Probably one of the best videos I have seen. Straight, to the point, and from the heart – you nailed it!

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Fred February 24, 2009

So why don’t you follow back people that follow you on Twitter? You too important and only follow those people that can help you (joking)…

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Samir February 24, 2009

AWSOME – really cool – like your blog and video GREAT
greets from Austria

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Alex M February 24, 2009

Steady trippin’, loud cappin’ and keeping it real!
Nice work Chris.
Happy Mardi Gras.
Alex

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Bonnie February 25, 2009

Holy cow, this video has been such a revelation. I believe I’ve got shoes in my closet older than Chris Pearson.

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narina February 25, 2009

this guy is so right people who want to be celebrities have to act like one and be nice to their fans! this video was a success!

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TechieDiva February 26, 2009

You’re my hero !!!!!!!!!!! I love your honesty….

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Mike H February 27, 2009

Why so angry Chris? If it’s not manufactured it might give you a nervous tick or a bad liver, or whatever it is you get from being angry.

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Jeremy Davis February 27, 2009

Love watching people’s passion come forth. Same stuff that makes all the Gary V vids so nice. Seeing real passion come out.

I know it makes me an uber dork, but really glad to hear proper grammar with “whom” in the midst of your frustration.

Topic was dead on as well. As a small fry among other blogger/designers, I definitely feel that some of the big timers have a clique of cool people without sparing much time of others questions.

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Malik February 27, 2009

This is a seeerrriiooous depature from semantic XHTML and wordpress development tips haha but a welcome one hahahah

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Pamela March 3, 2009

Thank You I couldn’t say it better myself. It really gets me when you try to connect and get ignored. What’s up! Their loss.

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Tsc Tempest March 3, 2009

Great Rant! Whether genuine or spoof, it doesn’t matter. Good Stuff. You touch on at the very end, ‘…focus on your audience, not…” This is the essence of success at anything. Focus on your customers, focus on you performance criteria, on the day to day process and milestones, rather than being one-eyed about the outcome or who might be influentially interested in it.

Linguistic porn? Dunno. “Cheers Bigears!”

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Razlan March 4, 2009

This is awesome, dude. You speak it like it is. I am spreading this around the Singapore blogosphere. Some dickheads here could use that slap on their collective faces.

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Thomas Zebley March 5, 2009

Great blog for rookies like me. I just started my blog on March 1st so I am still learning oh and my theme is yours from wordpress. THANKS!

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Trendy Pixels March 5, 2009

LMAO that video was too funny.

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punkaboy March 6, 2009

I agree that wannabees get caught up in who they think they are, and not actually who they are. In my opinion Taylor Swift did it right, first she had her MySpace page and made a point to contact as many people possible thru emails, which builds a grassroot following, and still to this day has contact with fans on her MySpace. I think this is the point you are making, if someone contacts you find a way to acknowledge them. I talked to Robert Cray right after one of his shows in Cape Cod, and all I have done since then is talk positive about him, and I have bought all of his CD’s and have gone to five more concerts since then. Just build some karma with your admirers and it will go a far way. thanks. peace.

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David Atkinson March 6, 2009

Bob Marley’s comment to this post would be “even the biggest man that you ever did see was once a baby”.

Great post Chris. I will be passing by from time to time.

Feel free to pass by and leave a comment or two.

P.S. Have a great day.

P.S. Thanks for keeping it real.

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Ellenoir1 March 6, 2009

Hi Chris,

See your face all up in the place at Hollywood: As I Live & Work. I loved your rant so much I posted it on my Hollywood blog. And I’ll follow you on Twitter too whether your shirt is on or off. Great minds are worthy of followers.

Ellenoir1

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Derek March 8, 2009

Chris,

From previous comments it looks like you’re from Kentucky. I moved to Southern California from Indiana about 10 years ago, starting out in Hollywood, so I can understand your frustrations with the culture. As someone in your position 10 years ago, the best piece of advice I can offer is to separate yourself from the culture and concentrate on your work.

Hollywood is all based on connections and perception, and the business connections are fickle and not long lasting. The opportunities here are simply amazing. The culture, on the other hand, can drag you down, but a good work record will ALWAYS last forever, and give you a foundation for the rest of your life. So, try not to worry to much about the “business” culture, and just keep doing a great job, and you will go far. If you try too hard to try and change the culture, you’ll just go crazy, and it looks like you’re pretty frustrated in that video already.

By the way I came here looking for good Wordpress templates, and your site has shown me a lot of great design ideas.

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the candy trail ... March 10, 2009

Chris

I understand your frustration as a global traveler – across 100 countries solo since ’88 and still on the road – people are people everywhere and the BS that Hollywood pin-heads and wannabes strive for ain’t much different from the mentality of the rest of the world – mostly plain dumb and ignorant populations on competitive, shallow levels of consumerism, ego, race, nationalism, class, creed … It’s a world of blind sheep … luckily, some of us, are true individuals.

Keep that great Thesis code coming; and fuck the idiots!

Regards – MRP

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JW March 10, 2009

Awesome stuff Chris, bringing the real deal

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Rajasekharan March 15, 2009

You’ve vented for me Chris, You’ve vented for me. Feels good to hear you say that.

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MLDina March 16, 2009

I totally agree. If you want to build a fan base, you have to actually have fans. If you don’t interact or are rude, people are less likely to be engaged in conversation, follow what you’re doing, see your next movie, etc.

Now if you’d respond to my Twitter message, Timmeh was looking for you….

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brian March 16, 2009

Thank you for focusing on your audience and bringing out the guns. Keep doing that and I will keep watching. Subscribe.

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Chris Pearson March 16, 2009

MLDina — Nice to see you here! I didn’t get your message on Twitter, but I noticed some very strange behavior with my replies tab all weekend. Did you send it to @pearsonified?

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MLDina March 16, 2009

I did- seriously, he called me looking for you but I didn’t have anyone’s number so I sent out some tweets. Oh, and I told you I’ve been to your site!

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Chris Pearson March 16, 2009

MLDina — I think it’s possible that I’m not getting your Tweets because your updates are protected. Privacy FAIL :D

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MLDina March 16, 2009

Ooooh well maybe you should add to your astonishing 80 followers so you can see them. I’m not unlocking my sacred twitter updates for you.

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EricKing March 20, 2009

I found myself drawn to this video. Nice blog you have there.

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Brett March 21, 2009

First, lol @ MLDina.

Chris, am I allowed to say that you’re hot? Nice bod, funny rant. Kick ass theme.

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Sarah March 22, 2009

Bloomin’ amazing thanks! Great job on the vid!

U have Kudos mate! I now follow on Twitter!

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Scott Semple March 25, 2009

Hi Chris,

I couldn’t find an email address on your site, so I thought I’d post this here. Looks like a weird domain for Press Row to be hosted on. Intentional?

http://www.findcreditcards.org/pressrow

Cheers,
Scott

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karen March 31, 2009

Chris,

did you give that poor guy over at blog gigs a hard time? Okay, cool if you have legal issues with him, but as the Lord is my witness, I found out about you and Thesis from a stumble across his blog. so when i got his post today, I must say, I hoped that as an olive branch, you’d offer him a free upgrade to your developer liscence that he drools about IN PRINT, with adorably pathetic an worshipful prose. So, 2 points I must make:
1. As a graduate of the Cooper Union Art School, lesson numero uno – the best way to learn is to copy from the greats.
2. I watched this post of yours a week or so ago. Maybe, with all due respect, you should learn from your own finger wagging. In the world of WP Themes, you are a celebrity. this guy is your biggest fan. Like I said – I respect your legal issues 1000%, but be a mensch and send the guy the darn license upgrade!
and feel free to visit me at my blog, isitjustme.com – which i am upgrading this week to your fab Cutlines. I will be trying out thesis on some other projects – but having made some simple modifications and learned just a bit about Cutlines, I just figured I’d stick with what I know.
Best,
Karen

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karen March 31, 2009

BTW, it never even occurred to me to download this guy’s version of your work, but i did think he was adorable, in I actually gained an appreciation for your work via his enthusiasm.
upgrade the guy – Chrissssssssss – he’s your biggest fan! and like you said in your video – it’s your fans you really should appreciate. Jeez, Most creators of any type would kill to have such an ardent admirer!
upgrade him! upgrade him! upgrade him! upgrade him! upgrade him!
best,
Karen

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Derek March 31, 2009

I noticed Chris really isn’t responding too much in this thread, interesting. Does the rules only apply to Twitter?

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Chris Pearson March 31, 2009

karen — As somebody who entered the Web through design, I understand as well as anyone the idea of admiring someone else’s work. However, I also understand the personal value that one places on a unique, creative endeavor.

It’s perfectly fine to be a fan of someone else’s work, but to blatantly copy it is completely unacceptable—especially when that work is the other person’s livelihood. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I have a history of not tolerating other people ripping off my work.

The problem with copying Thesis is that the masses think themes are merely “designs,” and the masses are completely wrong. By copying Thesis’ look, newbies and the ill-informed will think, “Hell, why should I buy the thing when I can get this, which looks pretty much the same?” Although the guy claims that he thought this would help spur affiliate sales, that’s not going to be the case when people have no idea how to find out what they’re actually missing.

The proper way to spur affiliate sales in an organic ecosystem is to educate, inform, and communicate—not to push a generic lookalike out to those who are still looking to get everything for free.

Aside from all this, I’ll grant that the best response I could’ve given would’ve been to educate this guy, but I honestly don’t have time to go around and be the Internet police all day. I have tons of customers who are relying on me to innovate, to communicate with them, and to do the best job I can. Unfortunately, doing the best job for my customers means that I can’t take 30 minutes out of my day (per person, mind you) to explain to every Tom, Dick, and Harry why they need to take a different approach.

Sorry if you were offended, but frankly, as an outsider, you have no idea what I deal with every day, and you really don’t have enough information to come on my site and make judgment calls like you’ve done.

Derek — See above. I’m working hard for my customers, not to appease people who come in here and want to call me a hypocrite despite the fact that they have no idea what I do on a daily basis.

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karen March 31, 2009

Hey, like I said, I hear you on the legal issue. I’m a reasonably well know illustrator, and I know what it’s like to be ripped off. Certainly it shouldn’t be tolerated. Truly.
Your finer points on how he could have been a better member of the community are well taken. But you seem to be in a bristly mood! It must be tough being a WordPress idol! ;-) Seriously, you are. The theme is so damn elegant! Jeepers, when I do buy my copy of Thesis I fear I’ll have to do it under a false name now! And I certainly hear your point about your need to use your time for the benefit of your customers – heck – especially since I plan to be one in the near future. So I really didn’t mean to “make judgements.” It’s just that this guy is such an ardent fan, and I just felt a little sad for him – and he agreed to what you wanted so quickly. And like I said, he’s how I found out about you. He just didn’t know and now he does. What can I say. Once an older sister, always an older sister.

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Costa March 31, 2009

Hi Mr. Pearson,

First I want to thank you for so graciously accepting my apology and for calling me a friend. I now understand the irritation from your viewpoint.

I certainly do not want this issue to drag on further than this and I think it will be best to let matters rest as it is.

Thanks again.

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Derek March 31, 2009

Derek — See above. I’m working hard for my customers, not to appease people who come in here and want to call me a hypocrite despite the fact that they have no idea what I do on a daily basis.

I’m with you, was just pointing out that there are a lot of replies in this thread that weren’t followed up on, so have a little more empathy for other people who have a lot of replies in all of their mediums (blog, twitter, etc.), and aren’t able to keep up with the fast pace of responses.

Personally I’m burned out by all of the social networking stuff, it feels like a full time job to keep up with all of it, so maybe a little patience with people who are slow to get is warranted.

I think you should also get out of LA for a few days and cool out. Head down to San Diego or over to Palm Springs for a while.

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Chris Pearson March 31, 2009

Derek — Tru dat, I desperately need to hit the hot springs and chill it out. It’s been high stress around these parts since about January 15, and I’m totally ready for a vacation that doesn’t consist of drinking and wild-assery.

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Nathan Hangen April 7, 2009

Great video…I’m tired of people calling themselves celebrities and yet not living up to the bill. There are a lot of “new internet celebrities” that just don’t get it. Keep up the rants, just put a shirt on!

Peace,

Nathan

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Tiffany Nguyen April 14, 2009

Hi Chris,
I ordered Thesis theme but unable to log in to download theme with my info. I can’t seem to find a support email on DIY Theme site. I don’t want to leave my user id & password here but will do so if you need it to verify. Thanks for your help.

Tiffany

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Chris Pearson April 14, 2009

Tiffany — Your account is active, and you should now be able to use your login details without a problem.

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Tiffany April 14, 2009

Chris,
I really don’t want to be pestering but again I’m not able to log in to download at all. I’m hiring a tech person to teach me all this blog/site setup thing and I’m paying him by the hour while waiting. Please help or reset me with another set of user id/pw. Thanks for your time.

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Chris Pearson April 15, 2009

Tiffany — Give it another shot. I tried it myself, and I’m certain that it works :D

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Tiffany April 15, 2009

Hi Chris,
You don’t have to respond to this, I wasted enough of your time already, but I just want to say thank you for being so patient with my stupid log in problem. It wasn’t your end, it was my end, specifically the browser, IE works instead of FF. Thanks again.
Tiffany

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Jace April 22, 2009

Where’s Ace?

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Jared April 23, 2009

Ok… I’ve just started using twitter not too long ago (@spiritualzen) and thought, “hey this is pretty cool, I can see what’s going on around the net, what people are talking about, contribute a little here and there… maybe get some more followers for my blog…” I’m a full time web developer/programmer and in school, I don’t have time to use Tweetdeck or whatever and sit and watch whoever is speaking directly to me. Now I’m afraid since I don’t monitor twitter all day I’ve offended someone. Which is the last thing I want to do.

I guess the idea is don’t just go out and follow thousands of users just to get them to follow you and never offer them anything. I guess a celebrity wanna-be could just hire someone to twitter for them all day.

At first I thought the video was out of character and had nothing to do with this blog and what I usually come here for… but if you can’t express your frustrations and feelings on your own site… (something poignant here).

Only suggestion I would have, let it sit at least 24 hours, then watch it again before deciding whether its worth posting or not.

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Chris May 2, 2009

Got a little worried yesterday when I tried to find your site and I got that domain expired message when I tried to access your site. Good to see everything is okay.

I agree with you. If people want to be celebrities they have to work for it. They have to provide some serious value to their audience (ie, customers) and actually give a shit.

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karen May 2, 2009

Does it make you happy to be so harsh? This man definitely did give a shit. His response to Chris was beyond gracious. And he has made some interesting posts since then. One in particular, was very helpful to me. And I really wanted to say, that this universe of bloggers, and Wordpress enthusiasts, are not just an ecosystem, as Chris referred to them – it / us / they/we – are a community. I think that is a really important point.

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No One May 9, 2009

For a man who sits in front of a web cam, with a ripped body and hair styled to the nearest millimeter, i find it curiously hilarious that you have the confidence to not only discuss, but scathingly label those whom ‘seek fame’.

Is not everything you do here, about gathering an audience, an ear to hear your opinion?

I’m struggling to see the separation between you and those ‘idiots’ you so happily lay judgment to.

Please enlighten me.

No One

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daifuku May 9, 2009

I completely don’t get that either. I also think that the further away
you are from Hollywood, the more likely you’ll get famous.

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C W Oberleitner May 10, 2009

Chris,

Sorry to invade your personal space but I can’t seem to find a sales question link over at DIY. I’ve got some Thesis questions. Would you please have someone from your office contact me at the email address listed here.

BTW: I’d love to play devil’s advocate regarding your celebrity rant sometime.

Chuck

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JR May 15, 2009

Great Video! In full rant mode! lol

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Jack May 23, 2009

Hey Chris, that was a great video. That is really Rant of the year.
I think it is not easy to respond to every email or message on the social networking sites but still these are a great tool for celebrities.

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Alan June 3, 2009

Haha great chris you crack me up. Ive been following your blog for a while but never commented until now… just wanted to say keep up the good work.

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Mooie June 4, 2009

What a great video, lol!

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Aditya June 14, 2009

Good quallity of video mate but currently I don’t want to become a celebrity.

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Alex June 16, 2009

Do you code every theme yourself or do you pay someone else to do it?

Just wondering, because you don’t look like the average programmer or like someone who has put years in front of the computer programming and tweaking all these themes or building your current empire of PR5+ sites that get 100K uniques per day from google.

I mean, you look more like someone who hires people to do all the hard work.

I also wonder how do you manage to take care that all these guys you hire, don’t steal your ideas.

You make them sign something?

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Chris Pearson June 17, 2009

Alex — Believe it or not, I code up each theme myself; and yes, I am that guy who has spent years learning HTML, CSS, PHP, and design.

For what it’s worth, I’m not formally trained in computer science, but I did take a couple of classes in high school and one intro to CS course (required for all students at Georgia Tech) in college.

So to answer one of your questions, I don’t have to take care of “all these guys” that I hire, because I don’t hire anyone to do the heavy lifting for me. I am slightly insulted that you say I “look more like someone who hires people to do all the hard work,” but then again, I suppose that’s also a backhanded compliment.

Apparently, not all of us coders wear black, eat pizza on the regular, attend LAN parties, and eschew all forms of physical exercise :D

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Mike June 17, 2009

You got something against LAN parties? I spent the weekend getting fragged by my 11-year-old cousin over LAN.

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Dave June 17, 2009

Makes me wonder what Alex looks like. ;-)

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Cynthia LaLuna June 17, 2009

ROTFLMFAO! Welcome to the land of gym-bag-totin,’ Hollywood-Hill-hikin’, raw-food-eatin’ movers and SHAKERS, Alex!

It is possible to build a Web empire without being vitamin D-deficient, and Pearson is exhibit A.

Not all of us Tech alumni are fat and ugly.

What have you done lately?

::still chuckling::

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scott June 18, 2009

Alex-
I want to hire you to jump off a cliff. Are you available for that?

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C W Oberleitner June 21, 2009

Would someone please tell me what’s going on. I left a comment a few weeks trying to contact C.P. regarding the purchase of Thesis for our website. I checked the box to be notified whenever anyone responded to this list of comments.

I never heard from Pearson, however, other the past 48 hours I’ve received hundreds of copies of profane insults being hurled around this comment list.

Is this an example of what a successful Web 2.0 business is supposed to look like?

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Chris Pearson June 21, 2009

CW — This is my personal site, and although I am the founder of DIYthemes, this site has no actual affiliation with Thesis. That said, I do remember your comment, but I thought that you had also emailed DIYthemes and gotten your questions answered that way.

Obviously, I was mistaken, so please shoot me an email at diythemes [at] gmail [dot] com, and I’ll be glad to help you out.

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C W Oberleitner June 21, 2009

Thanks for the heads up. Will contact you shortly.

BTW: It was not my intent to prolong a debate about you personally. I was more interested in learning why my inbox was filled with dozens of copies of the same adolescent profanity laced rants seemingly intended for this comments list.

And, I’m not a prude either. I wasn’t bothered by the profanity. You should hear me after a couple of f$#king drinks. I was just wondering why I kept getting all the duplicate messages.

Peace

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Chris Pearson June 21, 2009

CW — Amazingly, they weren’t duplicates. Alex, one of the guys from the comments above, is on some kind of vendetta against me (and I have no idea who the guy is!). Apparently, he feels that it’s worth his time to post 38 profanity-laden comments on my site overnight, despite the fact that I can blackball his IP address and delete his comments in only a few seconds.

Sometimes, people astound :D

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Sarah June 21, 2009

I’m so pleased this is sorted now! Great work Pearson.

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InLA June 27, 2009

Could not agree more, but the bottom line is that most are not worthy of being followed nor responded on Twitter. Second, to your point, the ‘Wannabes’ need to create their own projects instead of waiting around for someone else to hire them or give them a break. Everyone WANTS a break from someone else, but those same people who want one are not willing to GIVE a break to someone else. If you are truly talented, others will notice…This business is about creativity. Now, get off of your rear end and make it happen!

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Keiy June 28, 2009

This is my first visit to pearsonified[dot]com, your blog surely gives a good impression to me. By the way, I like your video, but for being celebrity I guess not.

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Jana June 29, 2009

Awesome video.

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Bill June 30, 2009

Sounds like you’ve been in Hollywood just about long enough.

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Trisha July 15, 2009

Hey Chris, how do you really feel?
It was funny listening to you rant.

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medyum July 17, 2009

The wife beater is a nice touch.I’ve sensed some frustration building up in your tweets over the last couple of days.

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Robert July 19, 2009

lol, nice vid my man, nice vid

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yahui July 23, 2009

hi Chris, i have been eyeing your work for a while and i didn’t know the man behind Thesis is so cute! keep up the rants no matter what others say, you’re human afterall – we only can handle so much before we explode!

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zerrin egeliler July 23, 2009

Could not agree more, but the bottom line is that most are not worthy of being followed nor responded on Twitter. Second, to your point, the ‘Wannabes’ need to create their own projects instead of waiting around for someone else to hire them or give them a break. Everyone WANTS a break from someone else, but those same people who want one are not willing to GIVE a break to someone else. If you are truly talented, others will notice…This business is about creativity. Now, get off of your rear end and make it happen!

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arhcamt July 27, 2009

stumbled upon your blog while looking for some web design rate reference, saw this video of yours, and totally agree with you. no matter how busy or famous a person might be, they could always get back to their fans if they really want to.

everyone have time for everything.
the question is: do we want to?

thanks for sharing your point of view.
i’ll be following you on twitter. :D

regards!

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Tanner Campbell August 5, 2009

SHUT THE FUCK UP CHRIS, CELEBRITIES ARE SPECIAL!!!

Just kidding.

Good post brother, videos a nice touch. Are you like me and had to do a few takes before you got it right? Anytime I do a video I’ve got to re-record like ten times before I think it’s good enough for the blog. Good post again man, later.

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Bob Jones August 9, 2009

Can’t believe I didn’t see this video before. I think you’re hitting the nail right on the head. Nothing annoys me more than seeing people with meaningful questions getting ignored on twitter, while some douchebag celebrity tweets about the color of their dog’s morning shit, and everyone is falling over each other to tweet and @discuss more dogshit. They’re all just leeches, trying to get associated with celebs to improve their own social standing. (Hope that made sense :))

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Melina August 13, 2009

How very true!!

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Adeel Hussain Virk August 29, 2009

you are right & a fantastic vedio.

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Mara September 18, 2009

I had to say, this made me laugh. Found the video while being curious about who designed the theme I am currently using on Wordpress.

I agree. As a writer, (but not yet published) I find it absolutely impossible not to reply to anyone who takes the time to review a story I have written, even if it’s a critical review. It’s quite rude to disregard people who appreciate your work, even more so to ignore them when they have taken the time to contact you with their thoughts and aspire to help you improve.

Thank you for ranting. Without the fans, there is no fame.

~M

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Kara September 23, 2009

Very informative post. I hope you plan to produce a companion piece on how to become infamous. ;D

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Crazyhorse October 1, 2009

I would like to watch the video but I think there’s a problem with my internet service provider. It took me so long to wait in buffering the said video.

I would like to taste the Hollywood lifestyle! Lot of girls and have party night out!

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Liz Jamieson October 5, 2009

Chris – Do you think you could put a search box on this site – I guess I can always use site: . . . etc, but it’s not the same.
Liz

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fas October 15, 2009

What you were working in Hollywood. Wooooow. BTW this is thesis right?

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Gav October 16, 2009

Great clip. Now if only I can become famous

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Renatoan November 4, 2009

Hi, hugs from Brazil!
You are right dude!

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enjayneer of JAYtography November 12, 2009

that’s a fact. there are lots of celebrities who suck and they just don’t care about the fans and admirers.

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Anthony November 13, 2009

wow i got a real laugh out of this one. but it’s so true

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Linda November 24, 2009

My husband and I just watched the video and couldn’t stop laughing. It’s great seeing someone just let loose. Frankly, I’m tired of giving “celebrities” so much status and credit. Being an entertainer doesn’t make you an expert on every subject or saviour of the world. I mean really, asking Madonna’s advice on solving the economy or achieving world peace. I can’t believe the pedestal we put these people on.

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noceleb December 23, 2009

I don’t want to be a celebrity _I_ :P

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LWD January 8, 2010

I Just watched the video and coudnt stop my self by laughing…no other words to say..

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rob aubrey January 10, 2010

I must add that if you have a nice loyal fan base, then you are a celebrity of sorts FAME, If you want to make money then you need a nice large loyal fan base. As Gary Vaynerchuk says, the money follows the eyeballs.

To summarize if you want fame and fortune be nice to your fans.

Thanks Chris

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Mike January 12, 2010

Came to your site looking for info about your wordpress theme, but found this gem. Great looking site and articles. I subscribed to your feed.

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Danielle February 13, 2010

Okay, I’ve tried really hard not to comment on this, but I just watched it again and have to. I have deducted from previous comments that I am not the only one that thinks this but I’m gonna say it anyway… “Holy fucking yum!”

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bridgit April 2, 2010

you’re cute…

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Mike May 12, 2010

You are so right!

I agree with your video post 110%

Some people think they’re too good to interact with their fans and they forget that without those fans they will not be who they are now.

Great post–Keep it coming :)

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Simone July 6, 2010

Found your site through your Mixergy interview with Andrew Warner.

Oh I have just been having this augment in my mind lately. I follow a couple of popular bloggers, but to be honest get, shitty when you write something on their blog, or twitter and they never notice it. I can understand that that it’s hard to respond to everyone, but at the same time, when you are a follower for a long while and you get nothing, it a real turn-off…whether on purpose or not.

Andrew from http://mixergy.com, is the perfect example of how to be an online persona. He is very personable with his users, and tries to communicate with users as much as he can, including commenting on users blogs or emailing users with his personal replies. He does a brilliant job, and I respect him so much more for it. That’s how you get true fans :) Build a relationship with your fans, and your fans will talk you up.

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Constantin July 21, 2010

Oh boy… I cannot stress enough how sad I am when someone doesn’t reply to my emails… And I’m not talking about celebrities.

Love your site and your philosophy!

Thanks!

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carouser August 27, 2010

With new media, the deregulation of media and the introduction of electronic media everything is now up for grabs. Including you. In fact many of you are very cognizant of this fact if I were to judge the amount of personal facebook status updates I see every day, not to mention those of you twittering your personal actions, thoughts or feelings to other followers- your own synthetic fan base, or community. Which begs the question, who then isn’t a celebrity? You of course.

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Stacy April 25, 2011

omfg fuck you man… the guy in the video!!! dude calm down!! like get some help to get your anger out!!!

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Chris Pearson April 25, 2011

!!!

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sarah July 4, 2011

hey u are absolutely right chris!!

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Storm Houston December 11, 2012

That was the best video that I have ever watched, thank you for the tips, I hope to be a celebrity and I just need to get a shot of what it’s like to know if I’m really up for it. I swear, that if I ever become a celebrity – actually even if I don’t – I will answer every tweet and message that i get, I will acknowledge my fans and family and friends and I will Make sure that I take notice of them whether it takes a week or a few months or longer! But again, thankyou!
From Storm

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Storm Houston December 11, 2012

As an addition to my last post:
I hate when celebrities think that they are better then they’re fans or too good to talk to anyone. We are all people. I agree to your video with 110%!! Celebrities are just people who get noticed, there is not much of a difference between people who aren’t famous and people who are. But then again, there a some true celebrities out there that inspire me. But I take your video seriously. Thanks again!
From Storm.

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Lilly Howland December 11, 2012

I would love to become a celebrity, because I am a good singer since I was a little girl. I love to meet my favorite celebrities like the guys was Nsync at one time, Jonas Brothers, Backstreet Boys, Big Time Rush, 1D, Jamie Lynn and Britney Spears, Kevin Richardson, Mario Lopez, and other celebrities that I would love to meet in person.

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charlie January 28, 2013

only one thing i want to say PLEASE please stop saying : You know …………..
oh and nice rant

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A.J. April 21, 2013

Famous for being famous in my view is the the worst kind of fame, however it’s quite ironic that it’s generally those talentless type of celebs who has this sense of superiority, being the most useless of all.

On a different note, delicious chest you have there.

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