Dooce is Mild

Last week I was one of ten bloggers asked to interview Heather Armstrong as part of a promotional blog tour celebrating her recent association with HGTV. I was the only male. So if anyone was going to get Heather’s perspective on the rapidly growing dad blog community, it had to be me.

However, I’m unqualified to take on such a task by myself. So in addition to reaching out to my regular readers via a post, I also reached out to dozens of dad bloggers via email to see what questions they would want to ask her. Thanks to all who responded. I used many of your questions, and you’ll note that I’ve given attribution where appropriate.

If you’ve ever read Heather, you know she’s a very clever, strong-willed woman who has quite an edge to her. But through our exchange, I learned that Heather is also sensitive, sweet, and, like most of us, vulnerable.

But before we get to the interview, just a quick reminder: to qualify to win this Danby 8 bottle wine cooler from HGTV all you have to do is leave a comment. Other, smaller prizes will be given away too.

Now, without further ado, on the week before Mother’s Day, I give you my exchange with the mother of all bloggers, Heather B. Armstrong.

Dooce is Mild

JCO: Aside from fame and financial gain, what byproduct of Dooce has had the biggest impact on your life? (CaptainDumbass)

This is a really interesting question because there are so many possible answers. Some of my best friends are ones I met because of my blog, and my relationships with them have changed my life in ways I probably can’t quantify.

Also…this whole thing has changed a fundamental part of me because of what I’ve been exposed to, because of the judgment and hate and deliberate misinterpretation of what I do and who I am. I used to be so quick to judge other people, and now I find that I stop myself before I get there and first give the benefit of the doubt. Ironically, this sarcastic blog has freed me from the weight of a lot of the cynicism I used to carry around.

JCO: Do you ever miss any aspect of blogging to a smaller audience? (Mamo Fali) What other elements do you miss about your life before everything took off for you? (Surprised Mom)

I don’t feel any different now about how and what I write than I did when I was only writing for twelve people, so there isn’t much to miss there. I guess what I didn’t realize I was getting myself into was the fact that every day now I can pull up a handful of different websites where people have written their opinion of me. That’s a strange reality to live with. It’s taken some time to get used to it.

That’s the thing I’ve learned about “fame,” as small as my experience is… I live knowing that there are hundreds if not thousands of people who really don’t like me, whereas before all of this, I could tell you the names of the two people who have stopped talking to me. People are always saying that fame changes you, and I don’t think they understand that this is a HUGE part of that change. Learning to deal with that. Living with that.

JCO: In your recent post, Locking up the Cabinets , you describe how hard it is to simultaneously keep tabs on two kids. While your duo may have you locking up the cabinets, our four kids (including two-year-old triplets) have us battening down the hatches! What would your reaction have been if you had found out you were expecting triplets instead of just Marlo? Do you have any personal experience with triplets? If not, would you like to gain some by babysitting ours sometime? (TrippinMama Well, not the babysitting part.)

We were actually worried that Marlo was a set of twins, and not just because I was gaining weight with her way more rapidly than I did with the first. Twins run in both of our families, and you know… I’m sure if Marlo had turned out to be triplets we would have handled it, but I’m not so sure I’d be sane in the process. My sister has twins, and she’s great with them. She’s the type of person who could handle twelve kids all at once. I’m not that type. Juggling these two kids is totally kicking my butt, and I really admire people who can handle more. I envy you, actually.

I know the number of some really great babysitters, is what I’m saying.

JCO: What should the rules be when it comes to airing a beef with a private company? Did Kevin Smith take it too far with Southwest Airlines? Has that changed the way you think about your run-in with Maytag? (Nathan Thornburgh of DadWagon)

What Kevin Smith did with the whole Southwest Airlines thing was WAY more intense and epic than what I did with Maytag. He spewed venom for days, where my rant lasted for six or seven tweets. That’s not to say that I disagree with what he did. I wish more people would use social media when they are not satisfied with service. This is our tool. This is our voice, and it’s a beast that cannot be controlled or reigned in by PR. Even people who only have a hundred followers on Twitter… those one hundred people know a hundred other people who know a hundred other people. Messages travel far and fast. I say rant away when you’ve been wronged.

JCO: When you think of the term “dad blogger” what comes to mind? How are dad bloggers different than mom bloggers? Do you read any dad bloggers? (Joeprah of DadBlogs.)

I do read several dad blogs. The term dad blogger means the same thing to me as mommy blogger, which is Writing About Life. Some people see these as derogatory labels, and I can understand that, but I feel like someone’s writing sort of speaks for itself. It’s like, I don’t say to myself, “I’m going to go read this dad blogger.” I think, “I’m going to go catch up with Jim and his family and see what museum they’ve been to lately.” I guess I just don’t see in labels of Dad and Mom. I think dad bloggers are different than mom bloggers only in their anatomy.

JCO: Some, including my pal @theJackB, have speculated that 2010 will be the year of the daddy blogger. With the advent of the M3 Summit, the first ever conference dedicated solely to blogging men, do you think those people could be right? Will dads ever gain the commercial appeal that moms have? What single bit of advice would you give dads who are looking to blog professionally as entrepreneurs? (Ron Mattocks)

Hmmm… I don’t have any hard data to prove what I’m about to say, so you could totally discard it as a piece of crap… but I think a lot of moms blog because they are staying at home with the kids and they are reaching out to connect and feel less alone. I don’t think there are as many men staying at home doing the same thing, and this is where women have the advantage. There are just more of us. That’s the commercial appeal.

As far as advice for dads looking to blog professionally, I would say one, getting to a point where you’re making any kind of reasonable money could be a very steep, exhausting climb. I blogged for over four and a half years before I ever made a penny. And even then my story itself is a bit of an anomaly that is not easily replicable.

Two, get involved in communities of people you want reading your website. Leave thoughtful, on-topic comments. Get to know the others who are participating, and your name will get out there. That is the best advertising there is in this business.

JCO: I wrote a book, and then began blogging this past November to help promote it. At first my blog floundered. But then I stopped treating it like a book, and started treating it like a blog, and it really started to grow. So I ask you: is there a difference between blogging and writing? Did you approach It Sucked and Then I Cried the same way you approach your writing for Dooce?

You mean a difference between blogging and writing a book? Oh yes, indeed. Blogging is sprinting, the book is a marathon. They require a completely different range of muscles. I like to think blogging is its own little art form, and little is key here. There are days when I will write longer posts, but only when the story requires it. People sit down to read a blog because it’s a quick hit. There should be a present in every paragraph of a blog to make one really good.

JCO: What word or phrase comes to mind with regard to the following?

Kate Gosselin? Hair extensions.
Mommy Blogger? Makes Kathie Lee uncomfortable.
Glee? High school was painful.

JCO: Which one?

Flip flops or Crocs? (Even if the Crocs rep won’t hook you up with a freebie.) Flip flops all the way.
Ben Roethlisberger or Tiger Woods? Bill Clinton.
Dooce or Heather? Wondrous Being of Light and Splendor.

JCO: How did your association with HGTV come about? What will we see moving forward? Will you continue to crossover from the blog world to the TV world?

A consultant for HGTV sent me an email last fall asking if I had any interest in working with the network, and at first I thought it was a joke because I had been watching nothing else for the previous six months. I jumped at the opportunity because it had become my favorite channel. Right now I’m participating in mostly social media projects, but the on-air possibilities are brewing! Stay tuned!

So there you have it, the one and only Heather B. Armstrong. I hope y’all enjoyed our exchange as much as I did. Thanks, Heather!

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://www.trippin-lifewithtriplets.blogspot.com Trippin’ Mama

    Great interview Jon! Loved the Kate Goesslin, Mommy Blogger, Glee question!

    Christy

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks, christy! i may or may not have watched glee a couple of weeks ago. and if i did, there might have been an episode where i sang Express Yourself repeatedly to the triplets. tough to say.

      but i can say this. don’t go for second best, baby, put your lovin’ to the test. you know, you know you got to…

  • http://www.trippin-lifewithtriplets.blogspot.com Trippin’ Mama

    Great interview Jon! Loved the Kate Goesslin, Mommy Blogger, Glee question!

    Christy

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks, christy! i may or may not have watched glee a couple of weeks ago. and if i did, there might have been an episode where i sang Express Yourself repeatedly to the triplets. tough to say.

      but i can say this. don’t go for second best, baby, put your lovin’ to the test. you know, you know you got to…

  • deb@birdonawire

    Thanks for the shout out John! (my favorite “caveman”) Ya done good with the interview here. Sounds like you had fun!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      debbie, it was a lot of fun. and TY for calling me your favorite caveman, but are you sure about that? you gotta admit, those Geico brothers are solid.

  • deb@birdonawire

    Thanks for the shout out John! (my favorite “caveman”) Ya done good with the interview here. Sounds like you had fun!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      debbie, it was a lot of fun. and TY for calling me your favorite caveman, but are you sure about that? you gotta admit, those Geico brothers are solid.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    You’re my hero John. (Thanks for the mention)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      it’s not every day i guy associated w/ the moniker clark kent call you a hero. thanks, brother. the feeling is mutual.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    You’re my hero John. (Thanks for the mention)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      it’s not every day i guy associated w/ the moniker clark kent call you a hero. thanks, brother. the feeling is mutual.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Nice job, JCO!
    I must say that I am not a fan of Dooce or a follower.
    This interview still garnered my attention and pointed at some good insights.
    You can interview me anytime.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i don’t know if i’d call myself a dooce fan or not, but one thing’s for certain. she has always been a compelling figure for me and it was really cool to get to go back and forth with her. for me, at least now, she’s less of a persona and more of a person. and, judging by her words, an awfully intelligent and thoughtful person. i loved what she said about her rise to fame and dealing w/ negative backlash has let her “let go” of some of her cynicism. i’m glad i got a chance to read her thoughts to topics germane to things which are of interest to me. (except glee. and kate gosselin. okay. except for kate gosselin.)

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Nice job, JCO!
    I must say that I am not a fan of Dooce or a follower.
    This interview still garnered my attention and pointed at some good insights.
    You can interview me anytime.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i don’t know if i’d call myself a dooce fan or not, but one thing’s for certain. she has always been a compelling figure for me and it was really cool to get to go back and forth with her. for me, at least now, she’s less of a persona and more of a person. and, judging by her words, an awfully intelligent and thoughtful person. i loved what she said about her rise to fame and dealing w/ negative backlash has let her “let go” of some of her cynicism. i’m glad i got a chance to read her thoughts to topics germane to things which are of interest to me. (except glee. and kate gosselin. okay. except for kate gosselin.)

  • http://nuclearfamilywarhead.com/ NukeDad

    All I can picture is you in a fedora and raincoat smoking a Camel while you hack away at an old typewriter. It’s early. Cut me some slack. Maybe I should quit falling asleep with Turner Classic Movies on.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      the last time i wore a fedora was during a disturbing Duran Duran phase i endured in the early to mid eighties. something about Merry Go Round and a teal members only jacket.

  • http://nuclearfamilywarhead.com/ NukeDad

    All I can picture is you in a fedora and raincoat smoking a Camel while you hack away at an old typewriter. It’s early. Cut me some slack. Maybe I should quit falling asleep with Turner Classic Movies on.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      the last time i wore a fedora was during a disturbing Duran Duran phase i endured in the early to mid eighties. something about Merry Go Round and a teal members only jacket.

  • http://daddyfiles.com Daddy Files

    Dammit, I meant to email you some questions and forgot. I’m an idiot.

    Although I’m not a Dooce fan, this was a great opportunity for you and you took full advantage. It came out great and I’m sure you’ll get much-deserved exposure. Way to go.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      arron, here’s to us cracking a cold beer together sometime. your reaction to The Trail has done nothing but reinforced my suspicion that such an occasion we be very rich, indeed.

  • http://daddyfiles.com Daddy Files

    Dammit, I meant to email you some questions and forgot. I’m an idiot.

    Although I’m not a Dooce fan, this was a great opportunity for you and you took full advantage. It came out great and I’m sure you’ll get much-deserved exposure. Way to go.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      arron, here’s to us cracking a cold beer together sometime. your reaction to The Trail has done nothing but reinforced my suspicion that such an occasion we be very rich, indeed.

  • http://susanheim.blogspot.com Susan Heim

    Great interview! Very interesting. Oh, and I’d love to win that wine cooler, too!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      susan, i truly hope you win it. of all the great people i’ve run into via twitter, no one single one has been more kind to me than you.

  • http://susanheim.blogspot.com Susan Heim

    Great interview! Very interesting. Oh, and I’d love to win that wine cooler, too!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      susan, i truly hope you win it. of all the great people i’ve run into via twitter, no one single one has been more kind to me than you.

  • Jenmjess

    Great interview! Long time fan of Dooce and a new fan of yours. :)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks jenmjess! i hope you come back.

  • Jenmjess

    Great interview! Long time fan of Dooce and a new fan of yours. :)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks jenmjess! i hope you come back.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Very nicely done my friend. You did a good job of asking interesting questions and turning what could have been a vanilla piece into something more interesting.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      who’s that woman on your arm? all dressed up to do you harm? well, i’m hip to what she’ll do.

      give her just about a month or two.

      • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

        Bit off more than I can chew and I knew what it was leading to,

        some things, well, I can’t refuse,

        one of them, one of them the bedroom blues.

        • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

          she delivers right on time. can’t resist a corny line. take the shine right off your shoes. right off you shoes. one of them, one of them the bedroom blues.

      • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

        Gonna switch songs because at the moment I can’t stop thinking about this line:

        Heart breakers with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart
        You heart breaker with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart

        Shouldn’t watch the news. ;)

      • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

        Gonna switch songs because at the moment I can’t stop thinking about this line:

        Heart breakers with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart
        You heart breaker with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart

        Shouldn’t watch the news. ;)

  • http://www.reallyareyouserious.com Krystyn

    Wow..you were so gentle:)

    Glad you threw in some triplet questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i’m a gentle guy, my friend. besides, you catch more flies with honey, no? and you have @trippinmama to thank for the triplet question! (though i woulda prolly snuck one in there b/c i wanted to bust out a babysitter joke…)

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Very nicely done my friend. You did a good job of asking interesting questions and turning what could have been a vanilla piece into something more interesting.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      who’s that woman on your arm? all dressed up to do you harm? well, i’m hip to what she’ll do.

      give her just about a month or two.

      • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

        Bit off more than I can chew and I knew what it was leading to,

        some things, well, I can’t refuse,

        one of them, one of them the bedroom blues.

        • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

          she delivers right on time. can’t resist a corny line. take the shine right off your shoes. right off you shoes. one of them, one of them the bedroom blues.

      • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

        Gonna switch songs because at the moment I can’t stop thinking about this line:

        Heart breakers with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart
        You heart breaker with your forty four
        I wanna tear your world apart

        Shouldn’t watch the news. ;)

  • http://www.reallyareyouserious.com Krystyn

    Wow..you were so gentle:)

    Glad you threw in some triplet questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i’m a gentle guy, my friend. besides, you catch more flies with honey, no? and you have @trippinmama to thank for the triplet question! (though i woulda prolly snuck one in there b/c i wanted to bust out a babysitter joke…)

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    Great job, JCO. :)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks, man. appreciate you swinging by.

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    Great job, JCO. :)

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thanks, man. appreciate you swinging by.

  • Holly Hawthorne

    Nice job on the interview. Thanks for asking all the right questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thank you for coming by.

  • Holly Hawthorne

    Nice job on the interview. Thanks for asking all the right questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thank you for coming by.

  • http://www.alexisexplainsitall.blogspot.com Alexis

    I enjoyed this post and the great questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      great questions are easy to provide when you ask great people to come up with them for you!

  • http://www.alexisexplainsitall.blogspot.com Alexis

    I enjoyed this post and the great questions!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      great questions are easy to provide when you ask great people to come up with them for you!

  • http://www.modernmediaman.com Jim “Genuine” Turner

    Now all of us Daddy Bloggers named “Jim” are wondering if she meant us. Thanks for the shout out for M3 Summit, and perhaps we can get Dooce to show up and answer a few questions from all of us Dads. Better yet, I think its time we reach out to John and give him another shot at the spotlight!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      jim, i’m so excited about M3 Summit. hope to talk to you about it soon.

  • http://www.modernmediaman.com Jim “Genuine” Turner

    Now all of us Daddy Bloggers named “Jim” are wondering if she meant us. Thanks for the shout out for M3 Summit, and perhaps we can get Dooce to show up and answer a few questions from all of us Dads. Better yet, I think its time we reach out to John and give him another shot at the spotlight!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      jim, i’m so excited about M3 Summit. hope to talk to you about it soon.

  • http://richmondzoo.blogspot.com Captain Dumbass

    Good stuff, Jon. Thanks for including me.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thank you for your question. it was excellent. kinda like your blog. there’s none funnier. i love the way your mind works.

  • http://richmondzoo.blogspot.com Captain Dumbass

    Good stuff, Jon. Thanks for including me.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      thank you for your question. it was excellent. kinda like your blog. there’s none funnier. i love the way your mind works.

  • http://www.pigeonforge.com Jess

    Stong interview, John! I really love Heather’s open and honest comments. She seems so very real and is willing to share her hits and misses. Love it!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      GO-in to the chapel and we’re
      GON-na get married.

      fired up to get a chance to put tops in your brother’s house. good luck on your big day. very happy for you!

  • http://www.pigeonforge.com Jess

    Stong interview, John! I really love Heather’s open and honest comments. She seems so very real and is willing to share her hits and misses. Love it!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      GO-in to the chapel and we’re
      GON-na get married.

      fired up to get a chance to put tops in your brother’s house. good luck on your big day. very happy for you!

  • Robin Bullock

    It’s interesting reading an interview done with a intelligent grounded, down-to-earth personality. Thanks. BTY, was never a fan of Crocs.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      robin, i think you hit the nail on the head. she was incredibly down to earth.

  • Robin Bullock

    It’s interesting reading an interview done with a intelligent grounded, down-to-earth personality. Thanks. BTY, was never a fan of Crocs.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      robin, i think you hit the nail on the head. she was incredibly down to earth.

  • Grace

    Interesting, and I took to heart the idea of blog vs writing. I think that has been one of my biggest problems with blogs I have tried in the past. I try to get too much info in at once instead of in small bits.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      grace, it’s funny…that was a question i was very interested to see how she answered.

      some of my posts are ones i’ve written, like the one before this one..The Trail. but some are ones i’ve blogged. to me, blogs are more kitchy, easier to write if you find a clever angle. but a clever angle can only carry you for 500-750 words. not 75,000. so i’m with her. different muscles entirely. my favorite posts are ones i’ve written. but my most popular posts tend to be ones i’ve blogged.

      the reverse is true, too. my fave posts of the blogs i read are the ones that i feel like were written. but i bet the ones that get the most traction are ones i would consider to have been blogged. it comes down to preference. since i wrote a book before i had ever started my blog, it stands to reason that i prefer more literary posts. it’s what my baseline was.

      dooce’s answer, i thought, was telling. she feels there’s an art form to bloggging. but IMHO that’s b/c she started out as a blogger. i think the real art is in the writing. that’s why my favorite blogs tend to be literary, not just a succession of snarky rants. i’d be interested to read her book to see if i thought it was a blog on steroids or a book.

      any fool can make me laugh. i want someone who can make me laugh, but also make me cry.

  • Grace

    Interesting, and I took to heart the idea of blog vs writing. I think that has been one of my biggest problems with blogs I have tried in the past. I try to get too much info in at once instead of in small bits.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      grace, it’s funny…that was a question i was very interested to see how she answered.

      some of my posts are ones i’ve written, like the one before this one..The Trail. but some are ones i’ve blogged. to me, blogs are more kitchy, easier to write if you find a clever angle. but a clever angle can only carry you for 500-750 words. not 75,000. so i’m with her. different muscles entirely. my favorite posts are ones i’ve written. but my most popular posts tend to be ones i’ve blogged.

      the reverse is true, too. my fave posts of the blogs i read are the ones that i feel like were written. but i bet the ones that get the most traction are ones i would consider to have been blogged. it comes down to preference. since i wrote a book before i had ever started my blog, it stands to reason that i prefer more literary posts. it’s what my baseline was.

      dooce’s answer, i thought, was telling. she feels there’s an art form to bloggging. but IMHO that’s b/c she started out as a blogger. i think the real art is in the writing. that’s why my favorite blogs tend to be literary, not just a succession of snarky rants. i’d be interested to read her book to see if i thought it was a blog on steroids or a book.

      any fool can make me laugh. i want someone who can make me laugh, but also make me cry.

  • http://www.movingpicturebooks.com Meg

    great interview–I have loved your blog and am a long-time JCO fan–Have been reading Dooce because of you and am now a fan of hers as well!!! Keep up the great work!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      you, my friend, are a lifer. and i genuinely appreciate that you stop by from time to time. it really means a lot to me.

  • http://www.movingpicturebooks.com Meg

    great interview–I have loved your blog and am a long-time JCO fan–Have been reading Dooce because of you and am now a fan of hers as well!!! Keep up the great work!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      you, my friend, are a lifer. and i genuinely appreciate that you stop by from time to time. it really means a lot to me.

  • http://ifmomsaysok.wordpress.com Tara R.

    Great questions and great interview! Nicely done Heather and John.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      have you come to the LC yet?

  • http://ifmomsaysok.wordpress.com Tara R.

    Great questions and great interview! Nicely done Heather and John.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      have you come to the LC yet?

  • Stacie

    Great interview. It definitely gave her a more humble “human” feel, that often doesn’t come out in her writings.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i couldn’t agree w. you any more. i don’t know that much about her and was taken aback by how sensitive she came off. many have told me, though, that her sensitivity is apparent if you read her a lot. which i don’t. i don’t read anyone as much as i’d like. something about four kids, three toddlers, co-owning a small business, writing a blog, and a book.

    • http://dadlogic.net Dan

      I agree with this, as i was impressed with how genuine Heather came across in her responses. It is nice to see that she still feels comfortable speaking her mind in a humble, authentic way.

      Congrats on the great interview John.

    • http://dadlogic.net Dan

      I agree with this, as i was impressed with how genuine Heather came across in her responses. It is nice to see that she still feels comfortable speaking her mind in a humble, authentic way.

      Congrats on the great interview John.

  • Stacie

    Great interview. It definitely gave her a more humble “human” feel, that often doesn’t come out in her writings.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      i couldn’t agree w. you any more. i don’t know that much about her and was taken aback by how sensitive she came off. many have told me, though, that her sensitivity is apparent if you read her a lot. which i don’t. i don’t read anyone as much as i’d like. something about four kids, three toddlers, co-owning a small business, writing a blog, and a book.

    • http://dadlogic.net Dan

      I agree with this, as i was impressed with how genuine Heather came across in her responses. It is nice to see that she still feels comfortable speaking her mind in a humble, authentic way.

      Congrats on the great interview John.

  • http://deepmuckbigrake.com Becky

    Hmm. Tried to leave a comment before. Will try again. ;)

  • http://deepmuckbigrake.com Becky

    Hmm. Tried to leave a comment before. Will try again. ;)

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen

    What a cool interview. I really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      jen, what would be even cooler would have been if i were w/ you and @mamakatslosinit last weekend. y’all sounded like y’all were having a bunch of fun!

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen

    What a cool interview. I really enjoyed it.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      jen, what would be even cooler would have been if i were w/ you and @mamakatslosinit last weekend. y’all sounded like y’all were having a bunch of fun!

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    I love Heather.

    And not just because one of my readers told me Dooce’s blog reminded her of ME :)

    I may take a page from her book, and try to have my son call me Mom-amazing!

    Jealous you got this opportunity!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      your post today was so beautiful.

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    I love Heather.

    And not just because one of my readers told me Dooce’s blog reminded her of ME :)

    I may take a page from her book, and try to have my son call me Mom-amazing!

    Jealous you got this opportunity!

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      your post today was so beautiful.

  • http://www.nickisnook.net Nicki

    Great job, JCO! Not too tough but maybe just tough enough on the questions.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      firm, but fair. not a bad motto, right, nicki?

  • http://www.nickisnook.net Nicki

    Great job, JCO! Not too tough but maybe just tough enough on the questions.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      firm, but fair. not a bad motto, right, nicki?

  • http://sahdinlansing.com Chris (@tessasdad)

    Good job man. Nicely done.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      how much fun is watching JR’s show while text chatting? looking fwd to being on the other side of that, again, next week.

  • http://sahdinlansing.com Chris (@tessasdad)

    Good job man. Nicely done.

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      how much fun is watching JR’s show while text chatting? looking fwd to being on the other side of that, again, next week.

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Did she play Jedi mind tricks on you?

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      no, but she did conjur up provocative images of princess leia which made me feel all funny inside.

  • http://www.dcurbandad.com DC Urban Dad

    Did she play Jedi mind tricks on you?

    • http://www.johncaveosborne.com johncaveosborne

      no, but she did conjur up provocative images of princess leia which made me feel all funny inside.

  • http://ivyleagueinsecurities.com Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy L

    Good stuff, my man. I mean someone else’s man :) So thrilled to have run my bit on ILI today. You are destined for great things!! Cheerio to your beautiful fam.

  • http://ivyleagueinsecurities.com Aidan Donnelley Rowley @ Ivy League Insecurities

    Good stuff, my man. I mean someone else’s man :) So thrilled to have run my bit on ILI today. You are destined for great things!! Cheerio to your beautiful fam.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Superb interview JCO. Ok, I am going to come out and say it here. I had no idea who Dooce was. But I take it from all the fuss that she is huge.

    Please forgive me Dooce, I am too wrapped up in my own little world.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Superb interview JCO. Ok, I am going to come out and say it here. I had no idea who Dooce was. But I take it from all the fuss that she is huge.

    Please forgive me Dooce, I am too wrapped up in my own little world.

  • http://www.edathomedad.com Edathomedad

    Fantastic interview with very thoughtful questions. I had no clue who she was or what she was famous for until I read your post.

  • http://www.edathomedad.com Edathomedad

    Fantastic interview with very thoughtful questions. I had no clue who she was or what she was famous for until I read your post.

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com melisa with one S

    Nice job!! :)

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com melisa with one S

    Nice job!! :)

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  • http://www.blogonkevin.blogspot.com home and uncool

    We now expect you to bring BP and Goldman Sachs to its knees.

    All kidding aside, nice work John and thanks for asking around the community for questions.

  • http://www.blogonkevin.blogspot.com home and uncool

    We now expect you to bring BP and Goldman Sachs to its knees.

    All kidding aside, nice work John and thanks for asking around the community for questions.

  • http://sahdpdx.com gylcol

    Well done John, thanks for repping the dads well. I enjoyed those questions and thoughtful answers.

  • http://sahdpdx.com gylcol

    Well done John, thanks for repping the dads well. I enjoyed those questions and thoughtful answers.

  • http://sahdpdx.com gylcol

    Well done John, thanks for repping the dads well. I enjoyed those questions and thoughtful answers.

  • Edwina Foreman

    Took media communications in college, and this looks like a good interview. The writer seems to have done some research before the meeting.

  • Edwina Foreman

    Took media communications in college, and this looks like a good interview. The writer seems to have done some research before the meeting.

  • Edwina Foreman

    Took media communications in college, and this looks like a good interview. The writer seems to have done some research before the meeting.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    Insightful interview. Thanks for the mention. I don’t follow Dooce, but you did paint a broader portrait of her for me. I thought it was clever of you to delve further into her personality with the word association questions. Who will be your next interview? I’m looking forward to it.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    Insightful interview. Thanks for the mention. I don’t follow Dooce, but you did paint a broader portrait of her for me. I thought it was clever of you to delve further into her personality with the word association questions. Who will be your next interview? I’m looking forward to it.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    Insightful interview. Thanks for the mention. I don’t follow Dooce, but you did paint a broader portrait of her for me. I thought it was clever of you to delve further into her personality with the word association questions. Who will be your next interview? I’m looking forward to it.

  • Erege Cohen

    I luuuurve dooce, huge fan! Thanks for giving me more to read about her (and some other bloggers to check out as well).

  • Erege Cohen

    I luuuurve dooce, huge fan! Thanks for giving me more to read about her (and some other bloggers to check out as well).

  • Erege Cohen

    I luuuurve dooce, huge fan! Thanks for giving me more to read about her (and some other bloggers to check out as well).

  • Lindsey

    Great Interview! Nice to see her on the other side for a change. :)

  • Lindsey

    Great Interview! Nice to see her on the other side for a change. :)

  • Lindsey

    Great Interview! Nice to see her on the other side for a change. :)