Yay Again!

ABC News: Mommy Blogger: ‘Motherhood Is Awful’

I think that aside from the glooby term “mommy blogger”, this is looking like a great piece. The interview went a little further than what’s been out there from the national media. They shot a bunch of footage with me in it, but I don’t know if I made the cut. I tried juggling chainsaws that had been doused in lighter fluid and set alight as well as streaking down by the Mormon Church HQ, but both were deemed too extreme for network television. Especially when the chainsaw slipped and carved a gash in my titanium exoskeleton that is powered by Bluetooth and running the latest Linux kernel.

Check it on Nightline tonight. Crazy times, people.

  • filmgoerjuan

    Congrats to you and Heather, Jon! This piece definitely seems of a higher standard than a lot of the other stuff about blogs out there. Looking forward to seeing it air tonight!

  • Mary Moon

    I think y’all need to adopt the philosophy of a friend of mine who always says, “It can’t get weird enough for me.”
    Might as well. Even though all of this is weird in a good way, it’s still got to be intensely odd at times.

  • shaunacon

    Much more depth and realism than the previous interviews. Can’t wait to watch it! Although Nightline does conflict with my Monday Night Hills Fix I will sacrifice to watch this segment. You two are geniuses of the web and I am happy for your well deserved recognition. Also, I can’t wait to meet you both in real life at the book signing in June. Onward and upward.

  • Mental P Mama

    Oh dear, you are so very funny!

  • lolo

    Looking forward to it. So terribly disappointed in the Today show piece. I knew the bump to the 10:00 hour couldn’t be good. And, although I don’t know Heather … that certainly wasn’t representative of her. Where is that ass kicking SAHM I read everyday?!

  • Kristin A.

    so awesome. i cant believe im saying this but i cant wait to watch Nightline tonight!

  • DrKoob


    Loved the article but John Larroquette? Isn’t he like forty years older than you. Tell Heather that you are a dead ringer for Jason Lee when he shaves his mustache. And I think Jason matches your sense of humor a lot better.

    I am loving all the publicity that Heather is getting. It makes my bride and I feel like we knew something that others didn’t since we have been reading you for a pretty long time.

  • MontanaJen

    holy primetime batman!

    yay yay yay for y’all!

  • lostinutah


    Streaking by the temple? I’ll pay you to really do it, dude. Ha ha.

    Will be switching over from Letterman tonight to see Heather’s interview.

  • Lynda

    I’m taping it, man. Just because I anticipate not having everyone in the room at the same time. Can’t wait. Going by some of the LOLirific comments on the Nightline page, you’re in for all sorts of new interesting friends.

  • Betsey

    I just watched it. Great piece. Much better than the today show thing. Congrats!

  • Beth

    Just finished watching! It was great! So much better than the Today show piece. You guys were awesome and Heather was smart and sweet and exactly what I imagined. Some day I’ll catch up with y’all at a book signing somewhere.

  • Greg

    Hey, I enjoyed the Nightline piece. Just aired down here (Tx). I think it’s hilarious how the press insists on referring to blog POSTS as blogs, but what can you do? I think the camera added 10 pounds. To Chuck. Haha.

  • Bill

    I think Justin Long should do you. Well, except he’s short.

    I guess that’s the long and short of it.

  • Stenar

    That was a very nice piece on Nightline. KUDOS! :)

  • Donny Pauling

    The piece hasn’t aired yet out here on the West Coast. I hope you’re edit turns out better than when I was on there a few weeks ago… they shot 120 minutes of footage but had to narrow it down to 19 minutes of airtime, of which I had about a minute. Fortunately, they let me stream the entire event on my website. I think I was more excited about speaking at Yale University (where the piece was filmed) than being on Nightline.

    Can’t wait to see your piece… it starts in 10 minutes. 9:59, 9:58, 9:57…

  • Donny Pauling

    I may have understated my time on there… it was probably more like 3 to 5 minutes. But it SEEMED like only a minute to me.

    Hee Hee.

  • Donny Pauling

    I think it’s hilarious how the press insists on referring to blog POSTS as blogs, but what can you do?

    Greg, when speaking with people who aren’t too familiar with blogging, I’ve started calling my blog “The column I write online” and the posts “articles”. The seem to understand better that way.

  • Donny Pauling

    Poop has now been mentioned on National TV. For some reason I have no reason reading it on Heather’s blog, but cringed a little hearing it on TV. Hearing about poop squirting out in the middle of the living room on network tv? Gotta love it!

    Love those Apple Computers scattered throughout the piece! I’d say you deserve a check from 1 Infinite Loop.

    Martin Bashir just said this piece has set off a lot of debate on their website, so I’m heading over to check it out.

    Good work!

  • http://deepthoughtsfuzzymemories.blogspot/ Terri

    That interview was great. Real, genuine, personable, at ease, a really great interview! Bravo! So, it sure wasn’t the guest that cause the “problems” on the morning show (but that was obvious anyway). Nightline did a great piece that really outlined what you do, who you are, etc for the layman. My husband for instance who knows nothing about the site other than my occasional references. Now he says, “Oh, I get it! Tell Jon and Heather hello for me.”

    Okay, so maybe he doesn’t ‘quite’ get it and now thinks were really close friend-friends but at least he can see why I’m so interested. Anyway, nice job Dooc and blurb. It was so good I watched it three times. Then I made myself delete it for fear of turning into some weird Dooce stalker or something.

    Oh, one more, what was the song Heather was singing? Mouthing? I LOVE that song. Must have it. Please let me know what it was? Thanks!

  • RD

    Great interview, guys! And I loved seeing Chuck in all his glory–even if he got second billing (“Coco and Chuck”). Good luck with all that’s ahead. It could make your head spin!

  • Fiona

    Double YAY! Watched the interview last night and you guys were awesome. You deserve all the wonderfullness that comes your way.

  • dana wyzard

    Juggling chainsaws is not going to get you more coverage on Nightline. You should have picked Heather up and carried her in your arms. THEN we could have seen both of you at the same time!

    This was, by far, the best interview with Heather and it’s about time.

    I’m not a young mom and I’m not a college boy. I’m OLD, but I found her sight by accident and printed ALL OF IT out so that I could read it on the sofa. Now, I have nothing more to print out and I’m sad.

    At first, I couldn’t figure her popularity out. She’s no more irreverant than I am and no one visits MY Site. lol

    There’s just something about the two of you and Leta. I guess it’s the “life” we all dream of.

    As for people sticking forks in her eyes on the comments: FUCK’EM.

  • Kim

    Loved it! I think this is the only piece so far that has properly explained the essence of the Blurbodoocery to the general public. You guys were so charming and funny, and I loved the part where Chuck and Coco were mauling each other furrociously (“RRRR! RRRRR! RRRRRRRR!”)

  • Hoosiermama

    Stayed up late and watched it. It was great! Guess I’m not quite in your demographic. Kids are grown and on their own, but I’ve been reading dooce and blurb since the very beginning. Watching the Today Show piece was painful and the interviewers were horrific (here’s a thought…RESEARCH what you’re interviewing about). I kept thinking “WHY did they let Kathy Lee back on the air?”

    Congrats! Great piece on Nightline, and I’m looking forward to the “other projects” that Heather hinted about.

  • AnalogKid

    I just wanted to hear her say crayon (?kr?-?än).

    Good piece.

  • R

    Take that Kathie Lee…that’s a real story. Maybe next time she will actually prepare for a guest and know what she is talking about.

    As I type this, I realize that Hoosiermama above makes my point for me. And makes it a little better. Thanks!

  • ae

    My husband now understands my love for you guys. No longer will I have to provide follow-up explanation when I talk about Heather (“Dooce? The blogger with the funny writing and badass pictures whom I aspire to be? Those links I send you all the time that you never read?)

    Instead I can say “You know, the one who said poop 5 times on Nightline?”

    And how much do I love the fact that they had to blur out “balls” on her screen when prefaced with “This site sucks sweaty…”? I love it a lot.

  • Danielle

    Congrats to you and Heather on all your recent success.

    Was really writing to say that I thought I’d recommend a musician, calls himself Bon Iver, to you guys if you hadn’t heard him yet. Just came out here in the UK and I think it’d be right up your street. Album’s called ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’, on iTunes.

    (Little off topic but hey, there are no rules in cyberspace.)

  • Brad

    This is, I think, the piece that I’ve always wanted to see about you guys. It’s excellent, and you guys should be really proud. Very cool, Armstrongs.

  • Stacey

    After putting it on my watch list, my TV changed at 11:30 and I realized I didn’t have the channel ordered.

    Is it anywhere online? I’d LOVE to see it!

  • Spike

    I hope people from the Today Show watched that interview and thought “wow, we really f’d that one up”.

    Congrats to all 5 of you on a very well done interview.

    And yes, Heather’s teeth may be a bit crooked, but as any good programmer will tell you “its a feature, not a bug”.

  • Leesavee

    Hey, all…the video is embedded in the link Jon posted at the beginning of this article. Here’s the link, too. You have to watch a Rogaine commercial first, but it’s worth it to see Heather call Jon a “hot hot geek”!

    GO, ABC! They did a MUCH better job than the Today Show. No comparison! Except that I did just compare them, so to hell with me!

  • Kristie

    I missed it last night, but just found it posted on the website.

    I thought it was excellent. Dooce is such a rockstar, and you’re all just
    so damn gorgeous…

    (and smart, witty, good dancers…)

  • amy j.

    You guys did so great. I loved seeing Heather with Leta. I absolutely hate the negative comments on the Nightline website. I get worried about what all this attention might do to you guys. There is negativity in terms of stupid emails and comments, but when you’ve been on television things just change. The kind of attention that brings can be very heavy. I keep thinking that Heather has to be so proud that she is doing well at this and that she is proud of her work…and I do consider it work. She’s a writer, a good one, and deserves acknowledgement of that. But in terms of people wanting to cash in on that in some way (ie Hollywood types) I just get leary. I know you guys had a bad situation with that publisher before. Please just be careful. Too much attention can be a bad thing, especially when it’s regarding your family…ya know.

    I’m so happy you’re doing so well, yet so very worried that something might go badly for you guys, which I would hate to see more than anything. Tread lightly.

    Though I have thought more than once that Heather’s life should be turned into a movie or tv series, LOL. I KNOW who should play her…Reese Witherspoon. Nay, she couldn’t be as ballsy as Heather. Hmm, who would play off of John Laroquette? MADONNA!!! would make a great Heather. Too old though (20 years ago though she’d been perfect!).

    Anyway, from a long time daily reader, a mom who totally relates, keep up the great work Ms. Heather (and John). I am a bit worried though about what you were singing to in that taped piece. What that Mariah Carey????!!!! Please, please tell us it wasn’t Mariah Carey.

  • Lisa

    The ABC website has the entire piece on their website. Congrats! Can’t wait for the Movie!

  • Deb

    That was great! But jeez! The stupid comments on ABC! Dont they have some sort of block for jerks & weirdos? Anyhow, it was nice to see.
    Good luck with everything!

  • Becky

    That’s awesome! SO much better than that ridiculous excuse for a Today show interview.

    That was great! Thanks for the link Jon.

    p.s. you’re pretty hot yourself! ROOOARRRR!

  • Jess

    I’m a little disappointed at the lack of strange editing. I had my fingers crossed for a good misinterpretation.

  • J. Bo

    What more can I add? You both rocked… HARD (and looked fabulous).

    The interview/segment itself was pretty good, but the tags/bumpers SUCKED ASS– ABC News has squatted down to Faux Newz level; Peter Jennings is spinning dervishly in his grave, I swear. ENOUGH with the “Mommy Blogger” and subsequent insulting horseshit, already.

    (But I’m guessing Heather not-so-secretly loved the “vulgar” label; that has just GOT to do her ex-Mormon heart proud…)

  • blurb

    @amy j., Heather is singing along to Alicia Keys in the shot where she is dancing in the kitchen.

  • southerngirl

    Much better interview, although it really bugs me that even though the MSM is trying to “tap into the blogging trend” with these pieces, they completely miss the point of why Dooce’s site is so popular.

    It’s not because of the “sensationalism “of her topics, which is what they like to hype because that’s what MSM has become all about. It’s because Heather is such a fabulous writer. Her refreshing outlook on daily life and her hysterical humor are wonderful, but it is her transcendent writing that keeps us coming back.

    PS. Hope your golf game is going well, Jon. ; )

  • caro

    loved it!

  • Shelly

    Awesome Peice!

  • Mia

    My boyfriend and I watched it last night; I thought it was very well done, and did a great job of capturing yours, Heather’s, and Leta’s magnetic personalities. Suffice it to say, after watching the piece my boyfriend was better able to understand why I’m constantly refreshing both of your pages.

  • Sol

    You two are two beautiful amazing persons. I’m happy you share your hard, interesting and funny lives with others. Thank you.

  • MontanaJen

    Am I the only one who giggled when the boobs were blurred out?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha……….

  • Amanda

    I completely loved the segment! It was great to see you guys “in action,” if that makes sense – as opposed to just reading your words on my computer. You both seem like awesome parents.

  • Sarah

    Fantastic Interview!!!!

  • Kara

    That piece is just all kinds of awesome. I love that they captured the interaction between you and Heather and Leta. I’m always amazed though when people mention critics who say that the blogs are just taking advantage of the family to make money. Why don’t they ask the same of writers who publish autobiographies? Or the people who contribute personal articles to the countless women’s magazines? It’s just odd.

  • Barb Freda

    That was a great piece…you guys look happy and content with the life you’ve made for yourselves–as you should be.

    And as for the Today show piece. Feh. It was a trip to NYC–no way I’m turning that one down, even if I DO have to chat to KLG.


  • Lesley

    I loved this piece. It is fun, humorous, informative, and gives the audience a slice of your lives and personalities. The interviewer seemed most at ease and enjoying herself. Plus bonus silly moments (love the thought bubbles), Chuck growls, and moments with Leta. This video is a keeper.

    Btw, huge notch above the KLG 2 second sound byte.

    P.S. Am hugely jealous of the size of your monitors!

  • Lesley

    meant to add, that the funniest moment is the story of the commenter who speculated that you golf with doctors during the day. Some people can’t help projecting the fantasies they have about their own lives on to others.

    Golfing, with doctors. How mundane.

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    With a title like “Motherhood is Awful,” it’s got to be good.