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Anderson Cooper Live | I Was Blogger of the Day!

Updated on October 1, 2012
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Today, I hopped a train to New York City and joined Anderson Cooper and Amy Brenneman on Anderson Copper Live. Each show, they have a blogger in the audience who gets to blog LIVE and tweet while it airs. Talk about a fun job. Where do I sign up?

More on how you could get picked later...

My opportunity happened through a connection with Hubpages (the best blogger/writer content site on the Internet of course), and the producers found my writing niche to be a match with Anderson's hot topic of the day, "Do women pay more?" I have a lot to say on that matter, but first, let's take a sneak peek at a day in the Anderson Live studio.


What is it about crowds and shows that causes people to act silly? I'm so curious about the psychology behind embarrassing yourself for a tee-shirt. An audience member named Tak (yeah, not sure either), showed us his dance moves, triggering a spontaneous dance contest with other people in the audience. All for a tee-shirt. I practically dropped my laptop I was laughing so hard. It wasn't just the dancers, but the commentary from the staff that lit me up. All I kept thinking was, "And that is what they are saying out loud..." You can bet they are thinking a whole hell of a lot worse. But it was hilarious nonetheless. By the time Amy and Anderson walked into the studio, the energy was palpable.

Anderson and Amy had some fantastic chemistry. They caught us up on all the important news of the day, including Honey Boo Boo's need for security, Arnold Schwarzenegger's refusal to show his ex-wife the book he wrote, and of course- America's fascination with Real Housewives. Amazingly, Anderson can pull these headlines off while maintaining his intelligence simply because we all know him as the journalist in the heat of war or fighting for issues that society ignores. We excuse such news because he's just so darn likable. And, it is sort of endearing that he lost sleep last night after watching the reunion show for RH of New Jersey. In his words, it was "too stressful...all that fighting...can't we just all get along?" You can hear women swooning in the audience. Not available ladies. Not available.

Honey BooBoo came up on the screen next. What a train wreck right? This poor girl, a Toddlers and Tiaras character who landed her own show, is zapped with energy drinks and caffeine, and given hordes of praise for acting like a six year old spazz. Anderson handled it well. After all, if her parents are going to make a mess of her life, one would hope that she is at least compensated well enough so that she can afford the therapy she is going to need when she becomes an adult.

And then, poor Lindsay Lohan. Trouble follows her where ever she goes. She moves to New York City and within months, she's on a first name basis with the NYC police.

Ramona Singer, one of the stars of Real Housewives of New York, dropped in to say hello as well. She appeared calm, despite the melodrama that surrounds her and her co-star Aviva. Anderson did ask about her, ehem, drinking problem, but she moved on from that topic quickly.

Surprisingly, by the time Anderson was done, I didn't feel like I had to shower off the "reality TV" buzz. That takes some talent folks.

Do women pay more?

Last week, Anderson initiated a social experiment to see if women's products were priced higher than men's, simply because they could get away with it. He explored products like razors (black or pink colored), dry cleaning, haircuts, and other services. The results were not so surprising, but sad. It appears that in almost every case, a woman was charged more for equal product or service. So this morning, he brought on a panel of women to discuss the issue. And it's then that you meet "dry-cleaning" lady.

"Stay with me," was her favorite line, as she repeatedly cut off the other panelists and Anderson himself, chewing up time with her very long and involved argument as to why the prices might be different. You could tell, Anderson wasn't buying it. Neither was the lady on the panel that got played by a store owner trying to charge her more. What is clear is that shopkeepers can be lazy, throwing out prices quickly and making assumptions based on whether you are a man or a woman. Not cool.

Why do women pay more for a pink razor versus a black one? Last I check, pink paint doesn't cost more than black. So what's the deal? Anderson pointed out this happens with all sorts of products that have equal ingredients, but are simply marketed differently for men and women.

Do women buy into marketing strategies more? Perhaps. It may be that we love to be "promised" something- whether it be to look thinner or feel better. Marketers know if they can convince women of this, we will happily pay more for the product that will solve our problems. As Amy so aptly put, "This is our own damn fault ladies."

And she's right. We've given advertisers a hook by falling into this trap ourselves. But regardless, services should be offered equally to both genders. A hairstylist on the panel this morning was fined for having a sign that said, "men's cuts" and "women's cuts" with different prices for each.

She clarified that she wasn't basing price on gender, but on time taken. Fine, then write it that way. Because let's be real, a woman who walks in for a quick trim is going to pay more than a man who wants a quick trim- even if his trim doesn't take as long. Charge by the time it takes, and we avoid this problem.

In California, legislation has passed ensuring that business owners do not discriminate on the basis of gender. About time. Can you imagine if someone walked into a salon that had a list of "white" cuts and "black" cuts? That puts it into perspective.

The tide is slowly changing, but only as more women stand up and refuse to pay more for equal services. Do we want a world where women are paid less than men (on average) and then charged more?

Thank you Anderson for making this issue a priority on your show.

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Wrapping it up

At the end of show, Anderson took audience member questions and it was in the back and forth that you think to yourself, "For being so famous, this guy is unusually normal."

People asked him questions about his favorite food, his most-loved travel spot, who he was voting for in November (which he declined to answer in the interest of journalistic integrity), and when he finds time to sleep. Braver folks asked for hugs and photos, all of which he obliged until his security man whisked him away. In case you wanted to know, Anderson:

  • Loves naps.
  • Never really auditioned for a "journalist job." As a young man (without credentials), his passion for journalism propelled him into a war zone with a borrowed press pass and a camera. He shot the story and sold it to a news network. The rest is history.
  • Has no idea why people on Instagram always take pictures of their food.
  • Is quite gracious when perfect strangers try to set him up with a date. Awkward.

Do you want to blog for Anderson Live?

They are looking for bloggers with a decent following, who are interested in writing about the topics they feature on the show. If you live in the New York area, you can go to AndersonLive and apply to be blogger of the day. You get some great perks.

  • You can bring your laptop into the studio. How awesome is that?
  • You live tweet during the taping and your tweets may appear on their tweet screen.
  • Blog about the show, the pre-show, post-show, or that fun moment when you get your photo snapped with Anderson in the photo booth!
  • Get your hair and makeup done in case the camera catches you in action.

I personally think that Anderson and his staff have got the "edge" on daytime TV with their aggressive campaign to hook up viewers through social media. As a pro-blogger, I say, "Awesome job guys!"

-Julie DeNeen


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      Treathyl FOX 

      5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Chrisinhawaii recommends you. That make it official! You're a celebrity.


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      6 years ago from Minneapolis

      Awesome Julie! Way to go. very inspiring..

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      6 years ago from Oregon

      Wow, congratulations! That is pretty amazing, good for you!

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations. That is an amazing experience and well deserved!

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      Jack Baumann 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      wow, what an experience!!

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      Debra Cornelius 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      What fun! Way to go girl!!!! :)

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      How awesome is that! Julie, you're a star. Fantastic blog on this experience and maybe have inspired others to give it a go. Blessings, Debby

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      6 years ago from Neverland

      Wow - what a super awesome experience for you! I am so proud to know you are part of the HP community and you got to be on the show. I also love your blog, but enough about me =)

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Ok, so now I've read beyond the headline and lead. Again, congratulations on being AC Live's Blogger of the Day! It is quite a feather in your cap. Thanks, too, to you and to AC for taking on the issue of women's and men's pricing. When I was 18, I went to a local "cool" shop in Cambridge, MA to buy a skinny tie (yes, it was back in the 80s) and, although there is no sales tax on clothing in Massachusetts, the owner tried to charge me sales tax. As a girl who had worked her way up from stock person to Customer Service Rep. in less than a year at Filene's Basement, Burlington, and one who had come of age, as it were, during the height of the ERA debate, the debut of Ms. and women's rights struggle in general, I didn't take it lying down...and I did get the tie, without paying sales tax. But, man, it was a lot of work getting him to do the right thing! I can't believe that 20 years later we're still in the same boat. Again, thanks for highlighting this social and economic issue!

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a great experience! Congratulations!

    • carozy profile image


      6 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great way to spend the day! It sounds like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing it with us. Very interesting read. :)

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      6 years ago

      Yea Julie! Loved this read. Kelley

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Julie, way to go! What a memorable experience...hopefully gets you lots of readers, too.

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      6 years ago from Peoria, AZ


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      Kevin Languedoc 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hey you're a celeb! Way to go

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      Laura Izett-Irwin 

      6 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Thats great! And yes that irks me about women paying more especially since we are paid less for the same jobs men do...and that's another topic. Congrats! I love Anderson Cooper.

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      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Very cool! I would probably never be picked as I do not watch TV anymore, and could care less about Honey Boo Boo.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Congrats. What a wonderful experience for you. I'm happy to know a celebrity like yourself!

      I love Anderson, too.

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      6 years ago

      Too cool.

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      Jakub Dubec 

      6 years ago from Europe

      Hello Julie, ive just readed an info about Yours success on hubpages blog, and im here to congratz You! I wish You happy hubbing ;)

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      Congrats on your awesome day. And thanks for sharing the behind the scenes look at your time on Anderson Cooper.

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      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Congrats, Julie, on what seems to have been a terrifically fun gig! (Doesn't hurt that you're photogenic, either!)

      Voted Up++


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      6 years ago

      Congratulations Julie! I like Anderson Cooper. I have to follow him on Twitter.

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      6 years ago from the South

      So cool Julie! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      !!! Congrats Julie, I am wowed. Awesome job.

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      Debbie Pinkston 

      6 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

      Congratulations Julie! I have to admit I'm a bit jealous but also very happy that you had this marvelous experience!

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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Wow, that is HUGE! Congrats :) What a great experience.. So cool you got to see Ramona Singer.. I'm a Real Housewives nut LOL!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations Julie! That sounds like a fantastic opportunity. I hope your traffic went up as a result of the show!

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      6 years ago

      Wow, what an awesome experience!

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      6 years ago

      That was a wonderful and unique experience. Congratulations!

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      6 years ago from New York

      Hey Julie, great job being Anderson Cooper's blogger for the day. I have to feature one of your blogs on too.

      I live 30 miles from NYC, so maybe I should go to his show as well.


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      Melanie Chisnall 

      6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I didn't know much about Anderson Cooper, other than that he was famous for his work in front of the camera. Loved the information on women's products - I had no idea of this either, will definitely go check it out in our stores! Sounds like you had a blast....great job on the blogs, hub and tweets. I hope it brings you a lot more exposure to your writing, which I'm sure it will! :)

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Congratulations! This is just the tip of the iceberg for you.

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      6 years ago from America

      Congrats I saw part of the show but didn't watch all of it. If I had known you were there I would have watched the whole show.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I loved reading this! I think I actually saw you in the audience with your red blouse, but I couldn't see the laptop. How cool! This is so exciting! Greg photos, too! you go, girl!

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      6 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congratulations Julie! Sounds like fun and lots of awesomesauce for you! Way to go girl!

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      Stacy Harris 

      6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      How cool is that. I don't know if I would be able to do that. I would be so nervous... I would probably stick my foot in my mouth tweeting something! LOL Very awesome experience! Kudos and it sounded like you had fun!

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      6 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Congratulations! it sounds like you had a wonderful time and I enjoyed hearing/reading about it.

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      6 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

      WOW!! What a great experience. Thank you for sharing.

      I could do a whole blog myself on how we market much heavier to women....and marketing WORKS!

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      Linda Crist 

      6 years ago from Central Virginia

      What a great experience for you and it's even more cool that you shared it here. As a die-hard Anderson Cooper fan, I am impressed and happy for you. Great hub too!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My knees would still be shaking, Julie. Way to pull it off. Great job!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      If I lived in NYC I would be there in a hot minute. Anderson Cooper seems like an awesome person to meet.

      I was trying to see if I could watch the broadcast, but I think either I came in too late or it wasn't live. About the topic, I seriously hope we as women aren't paying more for pink paint and fancy writing. That would make me so mad.

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Oh Julie, what a great write up! They could not of picked a better blogger than you, who else can tell blow by blow in such a concise and creative way. Perhaps you can get a full time job there. Just be the Anderson Cooper blogger every day. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      SO COOL! SO COOL! SO COOL! Okay, so one of my new goals is to get more blog followes so I can try this out. You're such an inspiration, Julie!!

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Good for you! And how exciting. It must have been amazing to get a look behind the scenes and to meet Anderson. Dream come true.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Awesome, Julie. You rock, lady!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Julie - way to go woman!I'm so proud of you:) and heck yes - hell of a real housewife you are!

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Wow Julie, that's crazy! Great job!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Very cool!! Congratulations!

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, this was awesome from start to finish and am so damn proud of you girl. Seriously way to go and you did an amazing job. You looked beautiful too my friend!! Have of course voted and shared all over!!!

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      How cool is that! Congratulations!

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      Christy Zutautas 

      6 years ago

      Congratualtions! What a great opportunity!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go! Great photo of you and AC. He's so awesome.


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