It’s not like there has been any *one* thing that has nudged it across the imaginary red line in my mind, but at some point in the last few months I’ve really struggled to find a way to reconcile the whole “dad blogger” thing with the realities of the internet.
That is, to ask a seemingly simple question with a complex answer: how do you blog about parenting without talking about your kids?
You don’t. Not really. Or. Well, kinda yes and kinda no.
How do you do all these things that I think are super important, including the reasons I started in the first place which was to be the family historian, to participate in modern online culture in a purposeful way, and to reach out into this invisible community of people and add your voice to a dark and daunting swirl of mixed information?
But. Big but. Then how do you avoid exposing your kids to the unknown risks associated with a quasi-public life and not exploit them for some kind of weird blog fame or ad-revenue profit?
I can’t figure it out. And I usually figure things out by writing a lot about them and setting down some solid ideas that I can filter and flesh out in my head. No one wants to read a bunch of posts about that… unless…
I decided to do another “Week of Lists” this time on the high level topic: Offline versus Online Parenting. And to mix things up a bit more, another twist: they will all be a pros versus cons list. As such…
- 3 vs 3 Kinds of Photos that Might Ruin (or Elevate) Your Kid’s Future
- 3 vs 3 Reasons Why Let’s Play Videos are Epic (or Awful)
- 3 vs 3 Parenting Blog Trends that are Hurting (or Helping) Parents
- 3 vs 3 Cooking Metaphors that will Scare (or Inspire) You to Blog More
- 3 vs 3 Ways that Dads Make Terrible (or Amazing) Family Historians
- 3 vs 3 Things Wrong (or Right) with Sharing a Kid’s Achievements on Social Media
- 3 vs 3 Kinds of People Who Are Destroying (or Building) Online Community
Stay tuned. These will start soon… Links to follow. And I should say that the topics are subject to tweaks as I dig in and actually start writing.