The "Dear Abby" column is published in many newspapers and online on its official website, uExpress.com. "Dear Abby" is a long-running advice column that was first written in 1956 by Pauline Phillips using the pen name Abigail Van Buren. Philips' daughter Jeanne took over the column, which had a worldwide readership of more than 110 million people, as of 2015.
On uExpress.com, readers of the column can read current "Dear Abby" letters and search archives of previous columns. Readers may also click on the Topics tab from the website's home page to search for "Dear Abby" advice on an array of subjects, including family and parenting, love and dating, marriage and divorce, etiquette, and friends and neighbors. Additional topics include death, health and safety, teens, and addiction.
Additionally, readers can contact "Dear Abby" via a contact form under the Contact Dear Abby tab on the home page. Readers must provide their names and contact details along with a message. The website notes that each message is reviewed, but not every reader gets a response due to the sheer volume of messages received.
Jeanne Philips began writing advice when she was 14 and helped her mother answer letters for the original "Dear Abby" column.