I think I'm a triplet! Heather, my sister-in-law and I must have all came from
the same womb! We all think so much alike! She is truly a soul mate to anyone
with a slightly twisted way of looking at life and the wacked-out people in it.
She is truly loved in our family!
Wouldn't this world be a boring place if we were all the same and all had the
same interests? Wouldn't the internet be boring if blogs were all about the same
thing? Not only is the internet "free", but we live in America, so if you don't
like it - change the channel, click on another website.Crazy You -
no child ASKS to be born or brought into this world. What child asks to be born
a crack addict, or starving and poverty stricken. I think that telling stories
about her child is not only her right, but it's far better than beating her,
posting pornographic pictures of her or selling her as a sex slave - all of
which happen in this miserable world.To the haters: There are TONS
of things you could be complaining about other than one woman's opinions posted
on a website that happens to be popular.Get over it. Free will,
folks. That's what life is all about.GO DOOCE!!!!! You ROCK! m/
I love this website. Heather is just "spit my coffee out funny" and her
photographs of the dogs are the highlight of my week. Sometimes, when I am
feeling grumpy I just look at Chuck - and I can't help but smile :)I
deeply value her authentic voice and her courage to speak from heart. Thanks for
featuring her in your paper.
Love this blog. Whenever I make the pilgrimage from Park City to visit IKEA, I
keep and eye out for Heather hoping for the chance to thank her for the
entertainment and insight I get from her blog.
I have been reading Heather's blog since shortly after she was fired from her
job in 2001. She has been an inspiration to me over the years and always
hilarious, poignant, and real. Go Heather!
Dooce is real and that's what makes her great. She reminds me a lot of my
friends and me. Love her blog.
I have been reading Dooce for almost a year. She is hilarious, insightful,
real, down-to-Earth, and a wonderful mother. It is obvious that Leta is her
heart and soul. So shame on you, No Name, for saying she's a bad mother. What
do you know?We love you, Heather.
i have been following the blog for about 4 years now and heather has always been
a delight to read. she obviously has a writing skill and not everything has to
sound as if it has been written by an oxford don. she is real, honest and
certainly been a light in my darkness more than once.
Dear "Sick"their, you're, a lot. disgusting few of life?i think you
meant disgusting VIEW of life.if you're going to write negative emails
about people,(especially the person named 59th blogger on the internet)you should at least make sure everything is spelled correctly.i think
heather is great. her blog is true to life and i read it everyday.if you
don't like it, don't read it.
She is a very sick woman, as most people are, she makes a living at it. She is
waking up to the fact that just because she's pretty doesn't mean she is not
going to suffer just like everyone else. She couldn't make it through child
birth without falling apart, now she thinks the world owes her a living for her
disgusting few of life. Next time you admire someone for there looks, think of
her and be thankful your not headed for the same delusional state she has
reached. It can get alot worse just watch.
"I bet most of the readers of this particular blog are women. I visit lots of
blogs about important subjects."Wow. How incredibly sexist. Your
implication is that women don't read blogs about "important stuff"? We just go
for the trivia, apparently.I'm a 25 year old single female with no
children. I read cnn every day-- notice that's real news, not blogger-spin-news,
and check dooce at least every couple of days. I greatly enjoy her profanity,
honesty, and fresh take on motherhood. And I love Chuck and Leta.
She's the only stranger on my family list. (Can you call someone like Heather a
I fail to see what there is to admire about her. I can't believe people look up
to her as a role model for wives and mothers. My wife is a much better role
model and is smart enough to express herself without degrading language. I
guess some people think that is clever though. Must be the same crowd that
thinks Paris Hilton is a good role model for our daughers.
Just looked at the blog. Her bio was enough for me. The people that read this
crap must be the same crowd that thinks Paris Hilton is a good role model.
I read Heather every day and of course I follow the antics of Chuck and Coco
religiously. But, I really look forward to her monthly 'Love Letters' to her
daughter Leta. They tug at my heart strings and make me wish I had done the
same for my 2 children. It's a wonderful way for Leta to know her mother !!Heather , thank you for letting us share your life.
I've been reading Dooce for nearly 4 years... LOVE it. Glad she's doing so well
so I can keep reading.
I've been reading Dooce for years...since she was single and wild. We've all
been through her marriage, her pregnancy, her daughter Leta's young life. Prayed
when Leta had problems and medical tests done, when Heather wasn't well and on
and on. Her writing has made me laugh and cry, often on the same day. I've
watched her little daughter grow, worried about her, laughed at her antics and I
honestly love her...more personality in that kid than 6 of any others! Of
course it is odd when you think of it...it's like one of your favorite friends
and her family lives in your computer LOL. I know it will probably have to end
someday and as much as I want her to be happy, it will be a very sad day for me
when Heather has to take her private life back. I can't even imagine it!
Excellent article - thanks for the background on this very interesting woman.
Dooce and Heather are great! I've enjoyed reading this site since 2001 and
simply must have my daily dose of dooce! I remember reading avidly about the
life-changing event of having her baby at a time when I was hoping to have one.
Then, when I got pregnant and now that I have a baby, I check back and read her
archives for confirmation and comiseration. I really love her writing style -
she has such a way with words, that I'm often either nodding my head or laughing
out loud. Furthermore, as an expat overseas, I love reading her witty take on
modern American life and feel it keeps me connected with home in a way. Heather,
what you have done with your life really is an inspiration and a shining example
of making the best out of tough situations. Thank you and keep it up!
Heather's a rockstar! Also, check out Chuck's pose in the photo - he's such a
pro. Dooce for president!
Also take into consideration those readers like me who "ghost" her blog everyday
like me. I love her blog and she is one of only a handful of writers that never
seem to write a useless word. Many times I have laughed out loud. She is the
world's greatest and best friend. The one who will get you drunk, clean up your
tears, share hers, and hide the bodies in the morning!!!
I can honestly say that Dooce Rocks! Heather says the things about parenting
that we all think but are not willing to say out loud!
About a year ago my sister forwarded to me the blog where Leta was taking a fit
because the dog was "looking at meeeeee" and Heather said her brain popped right
out of her head and bounced across the floor like a tennis ball! I've been
hooked and faithful reader ever since.
Thanks for the warning. I do not support profanity and will not reward anyone
who uses it.I will not ever visit her blog.
My only concern about Heather is that she likes taking shots at the church. Why
can't people who leave the church leave it alone?
I've been reading dooce since just before Leta was born, and it gave me the
courage to ask for extra support and observation when I had my child, since I
knew I was at risk for PPD. To those who complain about featuring
Leta (brooklynmama and "Crazy You" (Crazy Us? hmmm)), what do you say to child
stars in film and television? They are legally too young to choose or give
consent for their appearance - should we ban child actors?
She is fantastic!
Dooce.com is the only blog I check daily.I'm disappointed when there are
no new posts, but almost excited when there are.Keep up the great work
FYI... 30 yr old male reading for about 3 yrs and always wanted to blog about my
life too... Everyone has a story... How about an adopted Korean growing up on
a farm in Pa'Tucky with Evangelicals and excommunicated for coming out?I check daily too...Where else can you find a candid letter to your
daughter each month you can cherish and laugh about later in life together?She does the work for me to find interesting videos, shopping/home
stuff, humor, and uplifting words to keep going.The Chuck pictures
and calendar (gotta get one).Talking about religion and issues that
come of it (good and bad). What's so bad about that?
It's one of the only blogs I check daily. It's amusing and I envy her for her
creative writing and upkeep of this blog. Go Dooce Go!
I find Heather and Jon to be the poster children for WHAT not to do in life. She
said she had postpartum in 2004, so how do you explain all the mean things she's
said and shared about Leta up till now? Trust me you dooclings if your mother
rejected you, shared all your personal shortcomings or failures you wouldn't be
so happy either. When will you doocelings get a brain and think for yourselves
when Leta tries to off herself from all the torture she'll receive because he
mother wanted a new house and wouldn't keep quite? Nice, it takes a village to
raise a child that's unless you're a blog celeb then everything is forgivable.
I stumbled across the site when I Googled (verb)"hate job" 4 years ago, after
quitting my job in advertising. I have been reading it every since. My husband
thinks her photos of animals, children and scenery are brilliant. I go back for
the writing, though. She's got this great angle on life that comes through in
every post. I would call it irreverence "lite".
if i could only read one person's blog it would be heather's dooce blog. i can't
get enough of it! she knows how to tell a good story.
i read dooce everyday and feel connected, inspired, and happier. she makes me
laugh, she is a great writer and very witty, and she supports women and artists.
her writing is witty and entertaining. i don't have kids and even her writings
about parenting are interesting because IT IS JUST GREAT WRITING! hers is
actually only 1 of 3 blogs i actually make time to read. i hope she makes a
million dollars a year.
I love Dooce! Heather inspires me in every way. And despite what "pooce" said
above, the letters to Leta are my favorite part of the blog. What a wonderful
thing to do for your child - to write them a letter every month, so they'll be
able to share the memories they were too small to remember themselves someday.
And I feel honored that she shares them with her readers. Reading
Heather's blog is an important part of my day. Thank you so much, Heather.
i've been reading dooce.com off and on for a year now. she's genuine, funny, and
an excellent writer. i've just read all 70+ comments left so far. i think it's
important to note that the loving, supportive comments left here in this article
about her (and those left on her blog) far, far outweigh whatever comments
negative, judgmental, hateful people with bottom-feeder mentalities have to say
about heather, how she lives her life, and what she does. that tells me that
what she's doing is good and positive.but that's what makes the
internet so fascinating: people are certainly entitled to give their opinions,
and so often choose to do so in nasty ways that always, always leave them
looking very silly and immature (and, quite often, guilty of exactly the thing
they are pointing fingers at). and so, yay! heather wins (again)!"-D
You found your calling. Relax now. It will all come. It is like being in the
zone in sports. It will just flow. Relax.
To all those who have expressed there need fot dooce.....I say GET a
Life!!!!You probably watch TV soaps too.
Brooklynmama you obviously don't have a sense of humour or you would understand.
Pooce don't like it don't read it. I love Heathers work all the way from
Heather, I've read your blog every day for the past 3 year's, and I have to
admit that there have been days that only you have made me laugh. You have such
a genuine quality to your writings that I feel like you're one of my close
friends- I know, kinda creepy. Thank you for your humor, whit and most of all
your honesty. You make my day!
Can't stand the stupid letters to her daughter. Its simply too much. Enough
I feel really sorry for her kid. She has no say on whether or not her life gets
to be broadcast on the internet. It's like sharing embarrassing baby pictures
and anecdotes with the entire country.
TMI, I worry about you and your sort. Heather writes with considerable
restraint about the Church. Not everything that happens in the Church is 100%
positive. Remember, none of us is infallible. Meanwhile, don't judge the rest
of us who love dooce for the lighthearted joy Heather brings.
Dooce is awesome! I love reading her posts and her writing as well as her
honesty are what keep pulling people in. I can't wait for her book and hope it
is a best seller.
I read DOOCE Daily and am a big fan of her witty approach to life!Lisa
from Woodland, CA
I love dooce, even though I am a middleaged, childless, currently unmarried
person. But I totally get it about the dogs!
Frankly, I think that this woman reveals things about the Church that are better
left unsaid. However, I will let God judge.
Heather makes it all work because-- she understands writing. It's hard work
crafting, stitching, molding words together in such a way that it tells a story,
day after day, a continuous stream of commentary that builds up a world so
normal yet so intricate that some 4 million readers feel as though they are part
of it. I'm a 16-hour flight away from Utah, but dooce.com is my first web visit
of the day - for 3 years and counting. She's the writer I aim to be =)
Where do you guys find time to read her stuff? Wonderful that she is a great
writer and successful, that is truly great. I am a work at home mother of 5 and
barley have time to read the news. Are you guys just hanging out on the web?
Like the gals in the ladies forums? Can't imagine being on a blog every
day instead of being out in the yard, smelling the roses, planting the tomatoes,
pruning the fruit trees, wiping a bum, etc. Good luck to you Heather, sounds
like you have a direction in life!
Dooce is hilarious. I take umbrage with it being described as a "mommy" blog or
parenting blog. It's a wonderfully written blog by a person who just happens to
be a mother, but that's not the main point of the blog. And lots of men, myself
included, read the blog.
My friend recommended dooce.com to me last year. I've been hooked ever since!
Heather Armstrong is fabulous. Period.
I had never heard of this blog before. So I checked it out. Made me long for
the days when our newspaper published articles by the late Erma Bombeck. If
only she hadn't died before computers became so popular. Oh, and btw, I thought
it was spelled "deuce".
I love me some dooce! Keep up the great work, Heather. I'm happy to see you
getting the praise you deserve.PS Something looks odd about the
pictures in the background but I just ... can't ... place what it is. j/k :)
I've been reading Dooce for years. I have laughed, cried and lived through all
her ups and downs. I never miss more than a day of not logging on to Dooce. Her
photos are amazing. Her humor cracks me up and her little girl Leta is a
delightful child that I have watched grow on a monthly basis. Her blogs have
been a constant joy in my life.
She comes across as completely honest and addresses issues such as depression
with candor. Which means, of course, that she's also educating people about
matters of which they may have little experience or knowledge. (just for
the stats - I'm far older than Dooce, am not married, and have no children. I
work 8 to 5. We have totally different life styles, but I really enjoy her
blog. It's a breath of fresh air.)
I love Dooce.com. She's #1 on my blog list.
Heather has more guts then most mothers do when it comes to saying how they
feel. I being a mother know that parenting, marriage, life is not at all easy
and can be rather stressing. And is not a walk in the park like a lot of people
would love to have you believe. She has guts to be herself and to not pretend
to be this perfect person. I wish all mothers would stop roleplaying perfection
and be themselfs but...we know that will never happen!
I heart dooce.com and Heather. It is so wonderful she's opened her life in this
way and I respect her as a wife, mother and writer. I've been reading her blog
for about 2 years now and just adore it. I often times shed both tears of
laughter and sadness while reading her daily views on her life. She can reach
out and touch your heart in a way many bloggers just ALMOST DO, but don't quite
get there. I heart dooce.
I stumbled across Heather's blog a few months ago and have become an avid
reader. I truly enjoy the way she adds such humor and sarcasm to every day
happenings. As a personal blogger, I hope to someday become even half as
successful as she has!
I love Dooce. I've been reading her blog for a little over 3 yrs. I like how she
is states her mind on things. Espcially the time they were having their water
pipes cleaned out & they found a beach towel in there. Cracked me up.
Glad she found something she likes doing and that people are willing to follow.
I tried reading the blog today after hearing about it through this article. I
found it to be shallow, pedantic and filled with one-liners that feel forced.obtw im a mormon catholic male twice married with 3 kids a dog, cat 2
step-birds and a partridge in a pear tree.
I have been reading Dooce.com since 2001 and have the most admiration for
Heather and her family. She has taken an unfortunate situation (being fired) and
turned it into the best possible form of look at me now...her success.I agree with other commenters - Chuck is an amazing support and sidekick...and
I suppose Jon helps too!
I have read Dooce every day since my daughter was born, about 6 weeks after her
daughter, Leta, was born. She kept me sane through thoe first few haze-filled
months and I love her for it! I'm so glad she is getting the recognition she
deserves. My husband is sick of all of the "Dooce-References" I cite, but I
don't care. I'll quote my favorite movie and Dooce in the same sentence if I
I know I'm going to say the same thing that others have, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE
Dooce. My husband and I read her blog daily.
I've read her on and off for over four years. There have been a few times when
I've felt that her profanity and/or sometimes "out there" subject matter were in
poor taste and those times I've removed her from my Bloglines account. You know
what? I always come back. She really is a very talented writer and there's
just *something* about her writing that is addictive.
Dooce is my hero. It's so nice to hear that somebody else swears about life as
much as I do.
I read Heather's blog daily, if not more so! Her writing is some of the best
and most entertaining of any blogs I've come across, and her photography is
beautiful. Dooce.com is an excellent example of what personal blogs can become.
Yay for DOOCE!
Those page view stats don't even take into account all of the readers, like me,
who read her in an RSS reader without visiting the site very often. Heather is a treat, and I'm glad she pushes through the days when she feels
like she wants her life back. (Also glad she has learned deal with the awful --
and totally bizarre -- hate mail.) We certainly don't deserve all the access she
has granted us, which is why I really appreciate her bravery, humor and honesty.
Heather, long time reader and admirer. But I have to say this to you. And this
might be hard for you to hear. You must switch those pictures
around. It just doesn't look right.
What the heck are you talking about No Name Person?"I don't know
what's so neat about them. They are poster children for bad parenting."Obviously you don't read her blog or you would think otherwise.
Heather, I hope you come read these comments. You are my idol in
every way, and I am not even kidding. Thanks for doing what you do.
I am an under 30, no kids, no pets, Canadian gal and yet I relate to Dooce like
one of my good friends. Plus? She's so hot!
I'm a 26 yo married man and I read her stuff religiously. Her honesty and humor
transcends social boundaries.
Chuck for President!
That would be me, refreshing obsessively...WHERE IS TODAY'S ENTRY?? There it is!I'm glad you run over the hater's mail Heather. They
are ALL sooo jealous of you.I am so happy for (both) of your
I don't know what's so neat about them. They are poster children for bad
I've been reading Dooce for about 7 years now and absolutely love it. FWIW -
31yo married male.
I am a total dooce addict. If I could only look at one web page per day it would
be hers. She's totally deserving of all the props.
Dooce is my favorite too...both she and Pioneer Woman are stellar.
She really is the best, though. There isn't a single other blog that I enjoy as
much as hers. I wish we knew each other in real life because she's pretty much
the coolest person I "know"
I love starting my day with Dooce! She's my inspiration to keep blogging.
Dooce is wonderful!
I stumbled across Dooce.com one day, about six months ago, when I was looking
for a platform to use for my own blog. I have gone back every day since. At
first I thought it was a little odd to be following the life of a total
stranger, but I am glad to see I am not the only one. :) Thanks, Heather!
Each morning, I work my way through a bunch of blogs. But Dooce? I save her for
last. She is my dessert!
I have to start every day with my dooce and Daily Chuck. She is the blogger
everyone who puts text to screen wants to be
I gotta have my Dooce! CANNOT live without it!
I just stumbled across her blog one day.. and I go back every day to read.. She
is just a great Writer no matter what the subject ..I also
pre-ordered the book of essays she edited cant wait to get it in may!
I think you gotta give Chuck his due, too. He's a rock-solid sidekick.
I follow Heather's blog through Bloglines and just on that service, as of this
morning she has 7,400 subscribers. In the blog world that is beyond huge. For
just one subscription service? Please!Why does she have that?
Because she is brilliant and most importantly she is honest. One can blog all
day about their personal life but if the reader doesn't feel the posts are
genuine then no connection happens. When we are fortunate enough to have her
leave comments open, the count on them will go to several hundred in a matter of
a couple of hours. Comments are what feeds me as a blogger and I should be so
good as to be able to generate that kind of response. Read Dooce, you'll be
glad you did.
She's bomb diggity.
Love the blog and the pics!
Heather is amazing. I am proud to be living in the same state as her. I hope she
does some local events so that she can share her brilliance with all of us.
Frankly, I would love to see her speak and know many many more would like to as
well. I have the perfect venue for it if she is interested, and reads this
comment, I would be happy to help make it happen.
Heather is positively brillant!
Way to go Heather. You keep it real and I appreciate the realness you write
about. Your blog rocks. Keep up the great work.
WOW, I am SO glad you stuck with it too Heather!
Heather,I love your blog. It is the only one that I read everyday. Thanks for
all the entertainment. Somedays you are the only one who can make me laugh.
Aren't those pics behind you supposed to be vertical? Just kidding. :)
Awesome article! Very cool.
I wouldn't say they are all women. I read it. 29yr old married male.
I think Heather is fantastic. Hers is the first website I check everyday. I
admire her blogging, and would miss her if she decided to stop, even though I
would certainly understand her need for a "regular life".
I must have 200 blogs in my reader list, and when I see a new post from Dooce I
click on it immediately.There's no finer endorsement in
blog-land.Heather somehow combines opinion, personal information,
images, whimsy and insight into something that really connects with me.To be accurate, she's not 59 out of 1000. She's 59 out of an estimated 79
MILLION blogs in the world.Whoo Hoo!
Wow, sounds like she has quite a popular blog - I guess you could say she's