Heather Armstrong is an American blogger, writer, and public speaker, best known for her blog, Dooce, which she started in 2001. Born on July 19, 1975, in Memphis, Tennessee, Armstrong grew up in a Mormon family in various locations, including Alabama, Georgia, and Utah. She attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in English in 1997.
Armstrong worked in various fields, including advertising and web design, before starting her blog, Dooce. Initially, the blog was a personal online journal where Armstrong wrote about her daily life, work, and family. However, over time, Dooce became one of the most popular and influential blogs on the internet, attracting millions of readers.
Armstrong’s writing style was candid, humorous, and often provocative, and she wrote about a wide range of topics, including mental health, motherhood, marriage, and politics. Her honesty and willingness to share her personal struggles with depression, anxiety, and postpartum depression helped to destigmatize these issues and opened up important conversations about mental health.
In 2002, Armstrong was fired from her job because of content on her blog, which led to a debate about freedom of speech and the rights of employers to monitor their employees’ online activities. She continued to write and grow her blog, eventually publishing two memoirs, “It Sucked and Then I Cried: How I Had a Baby, a Breakdown, and a Much Needed Margarita” in 2009, and “The Valedictorian of Being Dead: The True Story of Dying Ten Times to Live” in 2019.
Armstrong has also worked as a public speaker, giving talks about her experiences as a blogger and mental health advocate. She currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two children.
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