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.
I 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.
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!