You may not have heard of her, but in cyber-space, Heather Armstrong is practically an A-List celebrity. She's a blogger - and she makes a pretty healthy living at it. This week on Utah NOW Armstrong will join us to talk about what it's like to share her personal life with cyber-strangers in the blogosphere.
Have you ever wandered into a web log on the Internet and find yourself captivated by the mundane experiences of a complete stranger. Though it's hard to explain, there's a reason blogs are popular. Could be a voyeuristic tendency that's just part of human nature?
But not all blogs are all that interesting. Some of them are packed with the dreary minutia of empty lives. Scrolling through one of these is like being forced to watch a slide show of your neighbors cruise to Alaska. The difference, it seems, is so obvious. It's the same reason one book works and another one doesn't. It's the writing.
We don't often think of a blog as a literary form, but why not? What is a blogger really doing if not telling a story? Maybe that's the way to think of Heather Armstrong's acclaimed and wildly popular blog - dooce.com.
It's not so much a daily entry as another in a collection of mini-memoires or short stories. Tonight, Heather Armstrong will be with us to talk about her life as one of the most successful bloggers in cyber-space. She's learned a thing or two over the seven years she's been at this - like where you draw the line - what's too personal. It's hard to know the boundary in a form that thrives on brutal honesty.
Visit Heather's website at dooce.com.
You are in for a treat. I am a good friend of Heather's (and a neighbor of Taki Telonidis) and can promise you an interesting and insightful conversation this afternoon.
Please look deeper into her than the typical interviewer. She is so smart and so funny...that often is not portrayed deeply enough when she is interviewed.
I look forward to the segment!
Posted by Carol Grzybowski , Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 12:15 pm
I love Dooce! I look forward to this interview tonight.
Posted by Stenar _ , Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 12:41 pm
Dooce is my hero. I hope that you will fall in love with her just as those of us all throughout the blogoshpere have. She is fearless, raw, honest, and FUNNY! The thing is she just IS funny. You get the sense that she doesn't even try but just says and does and we on the observation side are in a fit of giggles for the pure hilarity of what is modern domesticity. I am contemplating leaving San Diego and buying the house next to hers... Who needs perfect weather? I wanna hang with Dooce!
Posted by Cinthya Jones , Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 3:03 pm
Thanks so much for posting the transcript from your interview with Heather. Very nice for those of us that won't be able to get this station outside of UT. I'm a huge fan - been reading her and her husband's blog for quite a while now. Nice interview - thanks for being respectful.
Posted by Carin Sweerman , Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 3:25 pm
Thank you for showing the true Heather Armstrong! It was refreshing to see such a candid interview.
Utah NOW blew the Today Show out of the water!
Posted by Charity Morris, Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 3:47 pm
I have watched all her other interviews, and look forward to this. She is n inspiration to me and has been a daily addiction for me and many of my friends. I think it would be amazing to hear her speak in person. I work at Westminster College and she seems like an amazing fit for a public appearance at our school. The campus community would fall in love with her and she is an truly inspirational entrepreneur. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Posted by Devra Andersen, Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
Thanks Doug. This is the interview we all wanted to see.
Posted by Toni Mehraban, Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 8:30 pm
This was amazing. No controversy, no inflammatory headlines...just Heather being portrayed in an honest and thoughtful manner. Kudos Mr. Fabrizio, and thank you.
Posted by Amanda Brumfield, Friday May 16th, 2008 @ 10:54 pm
Thank you Doug! Great interview. You asked a lot of the questions I've been wanting to ask. I would have loved to listen to it for five times longer than it was. Thanks again!
Posted by Lisa Geisinger, Saturday May 17th, 2008 @ 5:12 am
Finally ... An informative interview with Heather. Many thx!! (Now if Heather would just grab her camera & do a post on Doug's cool glasses!)
Posted by Jocelyn Kvernes , Saturday May 17th, 2008 @ 11:54 am
Great interview. Thank you for taking the time to delve into the blog medium with thoughtful questions and informed opinions. Bravo!
Posted by mary b. , Saturday May 17th, 2008 @ 5:25 pm
I've seen Heather Armstrong interviewed a couple of times in the past, and in my opinion this is the first time that at interviewer has really taken the time to ask the kinds of questions that bring out in Heather, in person, the kind of personality that comes through on her blog. Thanks for doing such a beautiful interview.
Posted by Sarah K, Sunday May 18th, 2008 @ 7:26 pm
I love Dooce.com! It is my first stop when the work is done after lunch. I try to time it pm in England so Heather has had a chance to update! For years I thought it was pronounced 'do cee' not dooce rhymes with moose! I thought your interview with Heather was superb much better than the one recorded in New York, I thought the two women interviewers were disgraceful. Thanks Heather, John, Leta, Chuck and Coco for bringing something special into my life. Michelle Gregory Blyth, Northumberland, England.
Posted by Michelle Gregory, Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 5:45 am
This was a terrific interview. It really did justice to Heather, her message, and her medium. Well done!
Posted by Rose T , Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 8:00 am
Excellent questions from both interviewers, via the transcripts. Both were well informed about blogging and prepared for their interview subjects.
I particularly liked the questions--and answers--about safety concerns. Heather's attitude is spot-on, and I am glad she was able to articulate this point of view in this piece. Living in New York, or Salt Lake City, for that matter, can be a dangerous place for kids. Anyone remember Elizabeth Smart? Blogging online, in and of itself is no more dangerous than allowing your kids to live their everyday lives in the real world, as long as basic, common-sense precautions are taken.
Heather and Jon have a worldwide audience (I am writing this from Krakow, Poland) and while their humor and irreverence are the big draws for most, what keeps me coming back to both their blogs is their relevance. They often say what's on my mind about America, they point to power and the political process and question their validity, they see and interpret the world in ways most of us can't.
They can poke fun at themselves as well as at others (a valuable skill in and of itself) and they tend to use their craft and skill for good, not evil.
Of course they are real writers. Blogging, the way they do it, is an art form.
Thanks for showing this side of them to your audience and for taking the time to do justice to the topic of blogging.
Posted by Tracey C , Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 11:06 am
BEST INTERVIEW EVER!! It was so refreshing to see Heather interviewed where the interviewer is actually interested in her responses. I really enjoyed watching. Thanks so much!
Posted by Erica Hennings, Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 11:18 am
Wonderful interview! I'm a great fan of Heather and her website. I liken my interest and enjoyment of her blog to my mother's enjoyment of Erma Bombeck's regular columns that used to appear in the newspaper once or twice a week. Heather has Erma's somewhat irreverent view of motherhood and as she said in this interview, this appeals to other Moms. Says "yeah, this is really really hard." Then there's the rest of Heather's life that she shares with us . . . she's funny, smart, and even scared--and sharing all of it.
If there's money and celebrity in, more power to her! I heard once that Erma Bombeck was in such high demand as a speaker, and that she hated doing it so much, that she charged some outrageous fee for speaking engagements. I don't begrudge Heather a penny of the money she is EARNING. If only we were all smart enough to find a niche we love and make it pay.
Posted by Nancy Hoover, Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 9:02 pm
It was excellent to see an interview and some opinions from people that actually had substance. It definitely trumped the Today interview of Heather where national reporters made themselves look like fools for not understanding the medium. Bravo Utah NOW, well done.
Posted by Mitchell Brewer , Monday May 19th, 2008 @ 10:14 pm
Thanks for the great interview. I've been reading Heather's blog for a couple of years now. She is an amazing writer. Her blogs are always insightful and funny, and I can really relate to her stories about motherhood and living in the south. Keep it up dooce!
Posted by Amy Gomoljakl, Wednesday June 25th, 2008 @ 10:04 am
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