For those less likely to wander aimlessly around and through the dark corners of this website, it may have gone unnoticed that this blog is not my only blog.
No really… I’m ridiculously prolific these days.
This blog is probably my favourite and obviously the longest-lived, but I have a couple others with niche topics whose words are not necessarily of interest to the people who read this space.
One of my favorite on this second string list is my dad blog. See, since just before Claire was born I’ve been writing other blogs on the topic of fatherhood. While my first attempt at this effort went over like an ice cream sundae left in the sun on the beach at low tide, my second attempt, kicked off about a year and a half ago has been chugging slowly along and building momentum. I’ve been getting views and uptake, and finding my own pace at posting new stuff. It’s not updated nearly as frequently as this blog, but I do give it some love every month or so, more or less frequently as relevant topics arise.
Then, about two months ago, I completely rebranded it and shifted the focus in a just-barely-slightly more open direction targeted at a broader audience, all the while keeping roughly the same philosophical approach to what I write and only really removing the more overt and focused (though long since re-directed) energies tied to my original efforts.
The updated version of the site is called the dad.rules blog and my elevator pitch is simple. I’m “exploring a personal supposition: that there are three pillars of awesome parenting. These are the rules for building integrity, nurturing imagination, & fostering independence. If I had just one kid to raise in the best way I knew how, and I wanted that kid to be clever, creative, open-minded, logical, independent, and ethical, what would be the rules that I would need to follow to make that happen?”
Mostly it is anecdotes and storytelling, with a little “rule” associated with most of the major posts, each about what a conversation or a fatherly interaction has taught me about being a (hopefully better) dad. And I mention it here and now, offering you a glimpse into this slowly maturing project, because I’m hoping to be a little more focused in the coming year and write even more… promote even more… grow even more. So, if I’m a little quieter here, it’s because I’m working away over there.
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