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November 12th, 2008 · 11 Comments · The Joy of Fatherhood

I’m adding another category to my blog, The Joy of Fatherhood. In it I’ll write about when my two kids (I have a six year old daughter and a four year old son) do something that reminds me how awesome it is to be a father. That seems to happen every day for me (which I suppose means every day is Father’s Day around here, lucky me) but I won’t be writing a post every day. Maybe once a week or two, just the highlights. After all, I know I’m supposed to be writing about trade show marketing and general marketing, with a few random posts, well, several random posts, thrown in.

This new category was inspired in part by three bloggers I follow.

The first blogger is Mitch, who recently wrote the post “How To Be A Prolific Writer“. I doubt I’ll ever be a prolific blogger (this is very much a part-time gig at this point), and certainly not as prolific as Mitch.  Mitch hit the nail on the head in his post when he wrote “don’t niche yourself into a corner” (which is why I write about more than just trade show marketing), and when he wrote “write about something you love” (and I love my kids, no doubt about that). By the way, Mitch has a whole series of Blogging Tips on his site that you should check out.

The second blogger is Rudy, who recently wrote the post “Being Thankful“. It’s a great read, and reminds us to be thankful for what we have, to keep a positive attitude, and see the good in the occasional “bad” situation we find ourselves in. When you’re raising kids, there are plenty of times your kids do something that really makes you roll your eyes, and you can see the glass as half empty or half full. I (try to) see it as half full.

The third blogger is Lin, who recently wrote the post “Mean Mom 101 – Lessons Learned From My Mean Mom“. I mention Lin because she offers great parenting advice on her blog. She’s a traditional parent, as am I. I believe a parent’s first responsibility is to be a parent, not their kid’s friend. Regarding Lin’s post, my dad was a mean dad, I’m a mean dad, and I expect my son to someday be a mean dad.

I’m not trying to imply that fatherhood is all joy. My daughter is in first grade this year, and I think I have her to “thank” for a month long series of colds and coughs that I’ve been suffering through. That subject though belongs in my rants category, and I’m glad I’ve only posted one rant so far (Halloween Trick-or-Treating). I’m trying to keep my rants to a minimum.

Anyway, if you have the time, check out the three bloggers above, and stay tuned for my first Joy of Fatherhood post… “Spiderman War“.


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