Saturday, March 17, 2012

Weekly Whine: Dooce

I don't get Dooce. Maybe someone can explain it to me.

I go to and some of the things I see:

1) About fifty advertisements.

2) Under "Daily Photo", a big photo of her daughter. Which is nice, I guess, but.... um, why do I care about a photo of this random woman's daughter? I barely care about the photos of my friends' kids on Facebook.

3) A story about her daughter liking... I don't know, I can't get through it. Something about a puzzle.

4) Some tweets she likes.

5) A sponsored post.

I just don't get it. I'm sorry, I don't. I know she has that photo shoot of her belly every two weeks during her pregnancy that's kind of popular, but you know who else can do something like that? Any other woman on the planet. So I don't really understand why Dooce is better than any other mommy blog out there. To me, it just looks like a whole lot of ads and rambling by someone who has a little too much time on her hands.


  1. I think she's popular because she was one of the first "mommie bloggers," and she also blogged about work which got her fired. My guess is that things were considerably more juicy back then. Plus she's a great self-promoter.

  2. I guess if she was writing stuff that was juicy enough to get her fired, it must have been interesting then. I must have discovered the blog well after that.

  3. She has written some great posts about postpartum depression. She was even institutionalized at one point. I think it's great that women who are going through that can read about someone else's experiences.

    Personally, I still read her blog (through a reader, so no ads), although it drives me nuts and I keep meaning to unsub. Oh well.

  4. OK, I had no idea about any of this. Too bad she's ruined the blog that made her popular in the first place.


    Watch you whines...

  6. MDIT: No, this is totally different! Because:

    1) I am not complaining TO her that she's boring, which would be obnoxious. I'm just complaining on my own personal blog, which she will surely never read.

    2) I'm more irritated by her excessive advertisements and lack of content than the fact that her seldom real posts are boring.

    3) Her blog has taken itself to a level of celebrity so that I can say whatever I want about her. I wouldn't do this with, like, some random woman's personal blog.

    4) I want it to be :)

  7. She makes about $250,000 a year with her blog.

    I don't get it, either.

  8. That's exactly what I'm talking about, Class. I don't see anything on there currently that's worth even $1,000 per year, much less a quarter million.

  9. She got Maytag (or some big manufacturer) to give her a new washer. Really she called them out on her blog and mommies of the world rose up and threatened to boycott them. (WTH???) Other than that and all the anti dooce blogs that I find equally as boring I can't figure out why she is so popular but I think being one of the first helps.
    I started reading you because I find life in medicine interesting, the parenting/mother thing is secondary. If you were strictly a mommy blog I probably would never have found you.

  10. I stopped reading her years ago when she described being abusive towards her dog. I think she actually prefaced it by saying "This is what the trainer told us to do, so don't bother saying anything bad" or some shit like that.

  11. I completely agree - I don't see how a lot of mom blogs out there are interesting at all. Some of them have good info, but for the most part, they're annoying and give advice that may never work for anyone else. Although I will admit that I really like Girl's Gone Child.

    I've also found it kind of unusual that most of the mom blogs out there are written by Mormon moms. I don't have anything against the Mormon faith (I swear!), but I just find it intriguing. Has anyone else noticed this, or am I crazy?