Podcast: Chatting Crappy Pictures with Amber Dusick

Have you ever seen a friend achieve massive success in your field? And maybe you sort of want to be a little jealous, but you can’t, because she’s just way too awesome and also totally deserving? That’s how I feel about Amber Dusick, who is my podcast guest today.

strocel.com podcast amber dusick crappy picturesI read Amber’s blog AmberDusick.com for years. One day, she wrote this really funny post that she decided to illustrate with crappy pictures. She got a good response, so some time later she did another. That second one went viral, skyrocketing her to overnight blogging fame. I literally saw one of my high school friends linking to that second post the next day on Facebook, and that’s when I knew she had taken off. It launched her second, totally hilarious blog, Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. Now she writes for Huffington Post, has an article next month in Ladies Home Journal, and has a book coming out in April 2013.

The strength of Amber’s crappy pictures is the way they strike at the hilarious heart of parenting, and help us laugh at the things that otherwise might make us cry. Because, let’s face it, parenting is often hard, and tiring, and more than a little icky. Humour is one of the few things that sees us through, and helps us remember that these moments really are fleeting. And when we visit her blog, and laugh along with her, we all feel a little bit less alone. That can only be a good thing.

During the podcast I had the chance to ask Amber what the experience of going viral was like for her. We talked about how her life has changed, and what has stayed the same. And I got to hear more about what’s coming up next for her. What will she do when her kids get older? How does her husband feel about the blog? Will she be writing more books? We covered all this territory during our podcast.

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Whether you need a little more laughter in your life, you want to hear how one blogger hit it big, or you just enjoy seeing a really fabulous person enjoy a little success, you’ll want to listen to the podcast:

I’m still working on a podcast for next week, but I can promise that it will be worth tuning in to hear. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes and you won’t miss a minute!

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  1. Thanks so much for doing the podcast with me, it was fun!!
    Amber’s last post … Bored at HomeMy Profile

  2. So fun that you “know” Amber Dusick. Love her blog!

  3. It was great hearing the behind-the-scenes of Crappy Pictures and what it’s like being a famous blogger! I have been faithfully following that blog since it went viral and absolutely love it.
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  4. That is a new blog for me, and wow is she funny.
    Betsy (Eco-novice)’s last post … Don’t Throw Out the Baby OR the BathwaterMy Profile

    • I was sent a link to crappy pictures because a friend thought I, as a mom, would enjoy it – and my friend was totally right. Then I clicked on a site with a podcast of Crappy Mom and found an entire website some random woman made just about HER. Are you working on a cure for a terminal disease? What a colossal ego – not to mention endless amounts of time – one must have in order to DEDICATE AN ENTIRE, ONGOING WEBSITE ABOUT ONESELF. My comment won’t be appreciated, I suspect, and probably will have a very short shelf life, as it were. Whatever, I have to go get my baby up from her nap.

      • Are you saying that my blog is a waste of time? If so, please feel free to move on. You are absolutely not required to read or comment. However, just as an FYI, this is what blogs are. Mine is far from unique.

  5. Nice podcast. Love Crappy Pictures!
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  6. I loved this interview! It was very interesting to hear this behind the scenes explanation of how Crappy Mama got her start doing Crappy Pictures, and how it went viral. My crappy kids are in their 20s now (25 and 28), and (finally) living on their own, but I find all the Crappy Picture family drama to be hilarious. That same crappy stuff was going on when my kids were little, and it’s fun to read about it from Amber’s perspective. I too was a stay at home mom back in the day, and I know I would have loved to have something fun like the Ambers’ blogs to read to keep me sane and laughing. Good job both of you! I wish you both much success, and I expect to hear great things coming from both of you in the years to come.

  7. Loved listening to your podcast, and find comfort in hearing about the trials and tribulations of a fellow blogger….it’s not like there are “clubs” for us to hang out in and share. I hope you do more….

  8. I just discovered your blog through your interview with Amber Dusick. Not only did I enjoy listening to your interview with Amber [Dusick], but I have since then listened to many of your other podcasts and am really enjoying those as well. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to your next podcast!

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