We’re In The Wall Street Journal!

by Susan

Last week I had a great chat on the phone with Sue Shellenbarger from the Wall Street Journal. We talked about the phenomenon that is Dooce.com.

In today’s article, “The Blogger Mom, In Your Face”, Sue represents well the joys and ills of a life online.

Here’s an excerpt from the post, which just happens to include a quote from little old me… too fun!


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Source: Technorati

The time demands of sustaining what has become a brand name are incessant. Experts say keeping a blog fresh and topical is essential. But after posting most days for seven years, Ms. Armstrong has periods of writer’s block so intense that they’re “physically painful,” she says. She carries a notebook almost everywhere, recording thoughts and ideas. To take a vacation she has to pile up extra material. “Many nights I’ve gone to sleep crying because I want my life back,” she says.

“The pressure on her to come up with something unique to say all the time would be enormous,” says Susan Carraretto, co-founder of 5minutesformom.com, another popular site. Mr. Blackshaw adds, “It’s kind of like ‘Mom meets ‘The Truman Show’…Everybody is watching” constantly.

You can join Sue in her forum on the Wall Street Journal where she and her readers are continuing to discuss parenting and mommy blogs.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie April 10, 2008 at 8:03 pm

How cool! :-)


2 Christine April 10, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone wrote about this. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to try to keep up at that level every day. I have a hard enough time just coming up with things for fun.


3 D. April 10, 2008 at 8:45 pm

Congratulations. I just saw your website listed in Scholastic’s Parent & Child magazine when it was sent home from preschool with my son this week. I’ll have to check out the Wall Street Journal now.


4 Lori April 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm

WOOHOO!!! How cool is that! Ummm, do I need to get your autograph now?


5 Erica April 10, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Wow! I’m totally a Legos fan, and I’m a girl! :-) I have a little boy and I know he and his daddy would get a lot of enjoyment from this set! Enter us, please. :)


6 sara l. April 11, 2008 at 12:06 am

WooHoo…Looky, Looky! Congrats! That is really cool!


7 Nell April 11, 2008 at 12:18 am

Susan, being in business myself I know how much of an honor this is for you and your website. It isn’t easy to build a website that receives that type of press/interview…very well done to you and twinny ;)


8 Amber Stevens April 11, 2008 at 10:07 am

Congrats!! You’re awesome and wonderfully made and we love you two!


9 Allison April 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

Wow, congrats! That’s really awesome that you are quoated, and the article is extremely interesting.


10 Michelle at Scribbit April 11, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for reprinting the list as well–kind of you to share the link love :)

My hometown paper ran the story but didn’t bother to print the list or check any of the links. I had to say I felt a little forgotten!


11 Christine April 11, 2008 at 2:21 pm

I forgot to say congrats! :)


12 Cascia April 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Congratulations! That is so cool! I love your site and make sure I visit it every day.


13 Stephanie April 11, 2008 at 8:04 pm

I saw the article and the list. Congratulations on making the “top ten” list! You deserve it!


14 The Pear Lady April 11, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Very cool. Congrats, ladies! :D


15 Storm April 11, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Very cool. Congrats on the spotlight.


16 Jen April 12, 2008 at 12:25 am

WTG Gals. This is huge spotlight opportunity!!


17 Paula Englert April 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Congratulations! That’s quite a feather in your virtual hat. It’s far past time that Moms get more credit than we have. We’re a lot smarted than the media implies at times, especially stay-at-home-moms.


18 Momtofour April 12, 2008 at 9:50 pm

WTG! That is awesome. I hope you get lots of new visitors to the site from this.


19 Tammy April 13, 2008 at 11:19 am

Great job! Keep up the fantastic work!!


20 Julie Cole April 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Hearty congrats!!

Julie Cole
Mabel’s Labels Inc.


21 dcrmom April 13, 2008 at 9:40 pm

Wow! How cool is that. And what an intense article on Dooce. I don’t think I could do what she does.


22 CarolynG April 14, 2008 at 4:51 pm

That is pretty nifty hun! Good goin’!


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