Every once in a while, for reasons that I can't possibly fathom, I head over to read Dooce's (no link provided) blog. I can't really tell you why. I don't find her interesting at all. I also don't despise her like so many fellow bloggers. I generally just choose to ignore her and her ilk.
By her "ilk", I'm not necessarily referring to "mommy bloggers". I'm referring to "boring bloggers". I've got no problem with a good mommy blog. Hell, I read a few of them on a daily/weekly basis. Perfectly acceptable entertainment, if that's your bag.
So I really can't tell you why with any certainty why I sometimes visit the Dooce (other than I think about taking a shit whenever I say "Dooce/Deuce" in my head). Maybe I am secretly fascinated by the blogger as an industry, which is what she has become. Maybe I am jealous of her massive popularity. I really don't think so. That's not why I blog.
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Ahem...back to the action.
In her latest entry, the Dooce chats about her experience on the Today Show with Kathy Lee Gifford. It was a segment about the industry of mommy bloggers and the changing face of motherhood, in general. She's is confused about how Kathy Lee turned on her toward the end of the segment, and she wonders where it all went wrong.
I watched the segment, and I gotta tell you I don't think Kathy Lee said or did anything contrary to what an interviewer should do in her position. She didn't pander to her subject and she asked a few hard questions.. She spoke about her ignorance about the blog-world as a whole, and her reservations about putting one's family out there for the masses. Some of that may come from her own past experience with putting her kids's lives on public display back when she was on Regis' show. She also corrected her co-host when it was mentioned that there were some who don't approve of Dooce out there in the Interwebs. "Don't approve? They DESPISE her!" is what she came back with. Good for her for knowing the facts, and fuck Dooce for feeling uncomfortable with it.
I thought the most interesting thing about the segment was the focus on blogging as an industry. Dooce told them that not only has she been "getting paid" since 2001 for her blog, but it has been so lucrative that her husband has quit his job and is now running her "business" for her. I find that absolutely amazing! Do any of you actually look at the ads on a blog? I certainly don't, but I've long felt that advertising of any kind is lost on me. I want what I want, and I'm rarely persuaded otherwise by Madison Avenue. Wait...is Madison Avenue still the advertising capital of the world or am I dating myself?
Also of note from her latest entry - she opened it up to comments. I know this is a sticking point for many bloggers who hate her because she so rarely does. Like they, I feel that blogging should be an interactive activity that welcomes comments. Some wouldn't even call her site a "blog" necessarily because of how rarely she alows comments.
As of this writing she has about 600 comments from readers and fellow bloggers. A quick review of them prove to be extremely complimentary to the Dooce and critical of Kathy Lee. Once again, I didn't have any problem with Kathy Lee's questions or stance on the topic. Did I leave a comment? Nah...couldn't be bothered. I really don't think she reads them anyway. Plus I'm really not one to visit somebody's site just to leave a negative comment...unless it's Slyde, of course. Takes too much energy, and frankly...who really cares?
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