Yesterday, mom-blogging hit a milestone: it turned 10 years old.
No, I know. Web logs (ha! “web logs”) have been around more than 10 years. And moms started writing them more than 10 years ago, too.
But yesterday, dooce.com, THE mom-blog, the one that turned personal blogging into something more than a list with some commentary … the blog that, I dare say, pulled back the teddy-bear patterned curtain and got people gawking at parenting … had a birthday.
Sure, dooce launched when the woman behind the blog, Heather Armstrong, was single and working for The Man. Armstrong laid the groundwork for her notoriety after she was fired for, um, blogging. But she really hit her stride after she gave birth to her first child, daughter Leta, in 2004.
Armstrong’s blog pays the bills and then some for her family. But she tells her readers — as she has before — that the blog has meant her own survival in more than just financial ways. Armstrong’s readers circled the wagons in 2004 when, after the birth of her child in 2004, she sunk into a deep and clinical depression. She wound up checking into a hospital. In addition to therapy and medication, she says that it was readers’ own stories that showed her she was not alone. Here’s what she writes in her birthday note:
I can’t thank you enough for the support you’ve given me over the last ten years, especially to those of you who helped me through those dark months in 2004 when you let me know I was not alone. I am alive because of you. Thank you for helping me live a dream.
Armstrong had a small celebration on her blog, featuring, as would become part and parcel of mom-blogging … a give-away (which followed a plug for cupcakes). She gave a big thanks to faithful and longtime dooce.com readers, and revealed this little tidbit about one of hte most striking things about the blog, the name:
dooce was a nickname I had back in my single days, the result of an idiotic, frequent typo I made when trying to tap out duuuuuuude in an instant message window. I know, it’s not the greatest story ever told.
Whether you’re a reader of Dooce, a fan of Armstrong, or, heck, if you’re reading this, you should celebrate, too. Armstrong has been a leader in the mom blogging world. She’s paved the way for probably a few of your favorite daily reads.
Happy birthday, dooce.com! Here’s to another decade!
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