Rosie O’Donnell may not be on television every day, but she is online. Ro (as she likes to be called) has an online blog. She shares her thoughts on everything, tells stories of her family and shares videos, and has announced they are working on getting The Rosie O’Donnell Show on DVD.
I first found Rosie online at blogspot where she kept her journal. Now her site Rosie.com houses her blog and online store. Rosie has items for sale to benefit her “Rosie’s For All Kids Foundation” and “Rosie’s Broadway Kids.” The store has everything from clothing to toys.
My favorite section is “Ask Ro.” Fan can ask one question a day. Rosie says she reads all questions and picks several to answer. I’ve been lucky enough to have had a question answered.
When it comes to Ro’s blog entries, comments are turned off more than they are on. A handful of trolls hang out and stir up trouble, and as with any fan site fans feel compelled to defend her. Rosie’s outspoken political views create the biggest stir, but I personally applaud her courage to express what so many feel.
She is also changing the way people think about gays. Her recent HBO documentary opened viewer’s eyes about the lives of gay families. Whether on TV or the internet, Rosie O’Donnell is still reaching people and changing lives.
Even without a television show Rosie is still reaching out to others and giving away prizes. Several fans (me included) got a mouse pad from Rosie. She also held an essay contest and gave away tickets to her Broadway show, Fiddler on the Roof. While performing on Broadway her fans were given glimpses backstage with photos and her writings. Doing this show seemed to make Rosie happy. My guess she will be performing again. I think show business is in her blood and is required for her health.
Rosie is married to Kelli O’Donnell and they have four children. It was surprising to read that even though Rosie loved television as a child, her children never watch. She said it started because their school required they don’t watch TV nor play video games. Ro said it’s been great for the family. The kids are more creative and the family spends more time together. Ro and her family live in New York and spend as much time as possible in Miami.