How Dooce Changed My Twitter Reputation
Apr 8 2009
I 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.
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.
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.