Don’t we all love to read the latest Tweets from our favourite mommy bloggers. But did you know that there’s a way to assess the underlying psychology of all those Tweets.We used TweetPsych to put our top 50 mommy bloggers on the couch. Image Credit: Project Grace 2010...more
Heather and Jon Armstrong made a divorce announcement yesterday on the heels of their separation announcement last spring. The identical posts on their blogs, Dooce and Blurbomat, both had comments closed, and both clearly outlined how they hoped their news would be treated by their readers.
You’re going to start a blog. You finally decided to take the plunge and satisfy your inner “legend in your own mind” narcissist self. Your are a decent writer, or not. You have a lot of interesting stuff to tell the world, or not....more
A few years ago, former Gawker blogger Emily Gould wrote a New York Times Magazine piece about her life as a blogger, and reflected at lengthy upon the awkwardness of Internet fame, such as such fame is. She related an anecdote about struggling to explain that "fame" to someone who, predictably, just didn't understand:
Ted Koppel is from my home town. I used to rent videos to him at the local video store; his daughter was my friend's baby sitter. I read about his son's death through that lens -- Ted is not a celebrity, and his son Andrew's death is not this remote story designed for the pages of People magazine. They are our neighbors, I can't imagine the grief their family is experiencing today.
Mark Twain asked for 100 years to pass to have his autobiography published in what he hoped would be a more open-minded era (he had unpopular feelings about events of the time). But a stronger reason may have been this: Even if he was telling the absolute truth, with no fish stories that could be challenged by his peers, Twain may have felt uncomfortable being his true self and speaking openly about people who had a chance to read about themselves in print.
It's an idea that bloggers know all too well. You start writing for yourself, and within a few posts, you realize that your story is also tied to many other people. Some of those people will be excited to see themselves described through a blogger's eyes (especially when it's a good story), but more than one blogger has seen the negative consequences of writing about other people.
In the PR biz, you know at some point your client is going to take a hit. A product is not well-received, an executive says something stupid or your numbers hit the skids. It's just a fact of life. One thing I've always told clients at this critical juncture is, "Don't worry. Americans love an underdog."After all, we are a nation that watched Rocky four times. Or was it five?Right now, as we speak, one of the biggest mommy bloggers out there, Heather Armstrong, is in an all-out war on twitter (@dooce)....more