How Dooce Changed My Twitter Reputation
Apr 8 2009

dooce-8apr09I went to Heather Armstrong’s (a.k.a. Dooce) book signing for It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margaritatonight only because one of the interns, Laura Benold, at my day job happened to tell me about it.  She’s been following Dooce since she was 18 years old.  She’s not much older now, but still.

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Yes, I was feeling kind of pathetic since I’m sort of a mommy blogger and Dooce is the top mommy blogger on the planet making reportedly up to $500K per year from her blog.   I am grateful that Laura took an interest in what I was trying to do with Babble Soft and asked me if I knew about it.  And my lame excuse is I’m doing way too much, have two kids, thankfully no pets, and I haven’t found a way to get her blog to come to me in email form like the other blogs I read.  Believe me I have tried several times to figure out how to get her blog in email…I’m going to blame it on the proverbial ‘mommy brain syndrome.’

I almost didn’t make it because our son has been home sick the last couple of days.  I was thinking about taking him and our daughter with me and I am SO glad I didn’t.   Fortunately their dad was able to rearrange his schedule to watch them.  It would not have been fun at all because they would have lost their patience and my son would have been worn out in say 20 minutes.

Heather is an awesome and hilarious writer!  She curses profusely, swears, and talks about all the things people don’t talk about but should on the topic of motherhood and life.  So I began tweeting about some of the things she was saying and reading from her book and here are some of the more colorful tweets (corrected for iPhone typing errors):

@dooce about to talk about sex after vaginal birth.

Took 7 months after baby born before they had sex. 6 weeks is bs. Says @dooce

Her vagina was ready after she wore a tampax and her husband wrote a thank you letter to them.

Then @dooce says she got a urinary tract infection.

@dooce now talking about her dog called Satan and when they took the dog coco hunting.

All of a sudden I started getting tweets and direct messages on twitter asking what was going on with me.  A few people thought my account was hacked since the tweets were very out of character for me.  I was sure I had lost some followers, but I think I actually gained a few.

I’m so glad I went!  I met her husband Jon (@blurb on twitter) and chatting with him for a while.  He is on tour with her and manages the back end of her website.  He was so cute and funny about how he took pictures of her and then sat in the audience listening to what I assume has to be the umpteenth time she’s spoken at a book signing on this tour.  He participated a bit in the Q&A portion and then stood off to the side while she signed books.  I checked his twitter stream when I got back and saw that his two tweets were:

@dooce is lookin fine. Damn fine.

@dooce kicking ass!

I went to chat with him for a while and gave him some gift subscriptions to Babble Soft web and mobile software (which is iPhone ready – I noticed Heather was reading something to the audience from her pink cased iPhone), and he seemed genuinely interested in checking it out.  I gave him extra ones to give to any of their friends or readers if they wanted to.

I was in the 3rd group of people to get the book signed and somewhere around 8:30 p.m., I knew I was not going to make it to 9:30 after having been most of the day with a sick kid, and I started to leave.  I was almost out the door when I said to myself, I don’t really want to leave without a signature at all do I?  So I went back up the stairs and asked Jon if he would sign it since I had to go, and he graciously did!

So I’m wondering how many people have a copy of It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margaritasigned by Dooce’s husband!  That’s got to be extremely valuable. :-)

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9 Comments on “How Dooce Changed My Twitter Reputation”

  1. 1 Velma said at 9:15 PM on April 8th, 2009:

    I swear, hearing about this kind of event makes me happy to blog under a pseudonym. I don’t think I could do it, but more power to them that they are making it work. :)

    Velmas last blog post..Heartsick

  2. 2 Sheila Scarborough said at 7:05 AM on April 9th, 2009:

    So glad you got to see Heather; she’s cracked me up every time I’ve heard her speak….and yeah, it is NOT a kid-friendly event, at least not for their tender ears. :)

    Sheila Scarboroughs last blog post..Carnival of Cities for 8 April 2009

  3. 3 Aruni said at 9:58 AM on April 9th, 2009:

    @Velma – bloggers like The Bloggess and Dooce make it work because they are probably more comfortable with who they are then some of the rest of us. :-) We love them because they are who they are!

    @Sheila – She is hilarious and I am very glad I got see her and meet her husband.

  4. 4 Alison (aka Cluck and Tweet) said at 10:34 AM on April 10th, 2009:

    I’m always glad (and pleasantly surprized) when people I admire happen to turn out to be people I can admire when I meet them. Often they’re great virtually and jerks in real life. Glad to know this was not the case.

    Alison (aka Cluck and Tweet)s last blog post..Beco Baby Carriers are pure Genius. And unfortunately, no one is paying me to say so. Yet. Plus…Something Fishy Is Going on.

  5. 5 Pearl said at 10:58 PM on April 10th, 2009:

    That’s got to be exciting her husband signed your copy Aruni…

    Glad you ‘ventured’ into that side of your personality, even if it was repeating Dooce’s sayings or what she was up to.. I wouldn’t worry about ‘reputation’ about this :) I’ve never heard her speak in person but would love to some day – she’s good..

    Pearls last blog post..Carnival of Healing #181

  6. 6 Aruni said at 8:32 AM on April 11th, 2009:

    @Alison – yes, it’s nice to see people being as authentic in real life as they are online!

    @Pearl – It was very exciting to get a copy of her book signed by her husband! I’m trying to test out that side of my personality anyway…I think it’s more the norm than the cautious, professional act I portray. :-)

  7. 7 Immomsdaughter said at 6:16 AM on April 13th, 2009:

    Oh, lucky you! I’ve heard about Dooce from many mommy bloggers but never read her blog. From what I heard, there are divided opinions on her and her blog. Maybe it’s time to head over there and read it myself!

    Immomsdaughters last blog post..Updates on Swimming Classes

  8. 8 said at 12:22 PM on April 13th, 2009:

    Funny! Yeah I’ll bet you’re right. You probably have a valuable signed book. Hopefully you took a picture of him signing it. Very cool.

    wendy@areyoubreathing.coms last blog post..Staycation Is Over

  9. 9 Aruni said at 6:25 PM on April 13th, 2009:

    @Immomsdaughter – Dooce is a controversial blogger, but her honesty and rawness appeal to many moms trying to figure this whole motherhood thing out.

    @wendy – I didn’t think about taking his picture signing it!! What a great idea. Oh well…