DadWagon: Rank Amateurs

February 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

For those who are curious, the life of a real blogger:

Typically, there are 100,000 visitors daily to her site,, where she writes about her kids, her husband, her pets, her treatment for depression and her life as a liberal ex-Mormon living in Utah. As she points out, a sizable number also follow her on Twitter (in the year and a half since she threatened Maytag, she has added a half-million more). She is the only blogger on the latest Forbes list of the Most Influential Women in Media, coming in at No. 26, which is 25 slots behind Oprah, but just one slot behind Tina Brown. Her site brings in an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 a month or more — and that’s not even counting the revenue from her two books, healthy speaking fees and the contracts she signed to promote Verizon and appear on HGTV. She won’t confirm her income (“We’re a privately held company and don’t reveal our financials”). But the sales rep for Federated Media, the agency that sells ads for Dooce, calls Armstrong “one of our most successful bloggers,” then notes a few beats later in our conversation that “our most successful bloggers can gross $1 million.”

Now, of course, we could do the same kind of business as the eminently reputable Heather Armstrong–The Dooce!–but we’d probably have to sober up. And of course, we do believe philosophically in the notion of women earning all the money, so it would compromise our principles to run DadWagon like a business.


  1. Cool Dad says:

    February 23rd, 2011at 12:09 pm(#)

    I recently lost my job. New Media Magnate and megamillionaire sounds like a natural next step for me.

  2. dadwagon says:

    February 23rd, 2011at 1:19 pm(#)

    #Cool Dad: sorry, I, too, just lost my job, so I’ve decided to go into that particular line of work. You’ll have to settle for “media titan.” Acceptable? –Theodore.

  3. Cool Dad says:

    February 23rd, 2011at 9:47 pm(#)

    ‘Titan’ is acceptable as long as I can have a no-clash clause in my contract. Clashes get messy.

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