Post written by Anya.
On March 24, 2008, Matt Logelin experienced the ultimate joy – the birth of his first child, a baby girl named Madeline. He jumped on his blog to announce the happy news to the world. His next entry a few days later was one no one expected. He announced that his beautiful wife, Liz, had passed away one day after giving birth due to a blood clot that traveled to her lungs. Then something unexpected happened. Matt kept blogging. He blogged about his grief at Liz’s untimely death and the burden of caring for Madeline alone. His writing was natural and real. He didn’t sugarcoat his new reality. His readers responded. Word of mouth spread and within months his blog was getting 40,000 page views a day. His story was profiled in the January 26, 2009 issue of People magazine. His blog continues to be very popular and the vast majority of the online community is very loyal and appreciates Matt’s openness and willingness to share his story. Well, at least most readers are supportive. Take a look at these exchanges on the websiteThe Nest.
Poster #1: “Matt Logelin – I’m starting to get mildly turned off by him, can’t quite place my finger on exactly why, but he is starting to rub me the wrong way.”
Poster #2: “I get that he has a lot on his plate now and his life has been turned upside down, but he is not the only father that had/has to raise a child because the wife died at childbirth.”
Poster #3: “I'm still trying to figure out when I switched from thinking he was brave to thinking he's a bit of a whiner w/a medium-sized case of entitlement disease…. the way in which he writes about how he accepts all the free stuff (I know that makes no sense, but there something that bothers me about this) and the seemingly "first person to ever have to single parent a child" attitude.”
Poster #4: “I empathize, and I realize that his popularity grew organically, but he's about 10 degrees from Jon & Kate. If he gets any closer, I'm through with him.”
Poster #5: “I am starting to get the impression that he almost expects to get the royal treatment where ever he goes now if he tells his sob story. Flying is a perfect example. I still enjoy his blog, because I think Madeline is a beautiful little baby.”
Poster #6: “Does he work?”
Poster #7: “Just a thought... if he wasn't asking for anything, why would he list all the links to places you can donate money to him and Madeline on his blog site? Just saying.”
From here the postings follow a pattern we have seen on many Gosselin blogs. An “insider” appears (Liz’s cousin, supposedly). A few posters express disgust at the callous attitude of some of the other posters, but these posters defend their right to speak the truth as they see it.
We would have to be living under a rock not to see the similarities to the Gosselin blogging world. Jon & Kate started out popular with most viewers and blog posters…and then something happened. Something that apparently happened on a smaller scale to Matt Logelin. What do you think is at work here? How does yesterday’s hero become today’s pariah?
We welcome your thoughts.