Looking past the glare of the NY Times spotlight last week [fyi, the article was apparently just republished in the Chicago Tribune, in case you don't want to give $2.95 to the Times to read about me going to the bathroom.], I found a column from CBS News about blogs, and in a section on daddy blogs, the writer visits Start-up Dad, and promptly takes a dump on his carpet:
Some fathers publicize their baby’Äôs latest party tricks. "Kaden now waves, claps, knows to back himself down stairs, and, get this, he WALKS," Start-Up Dad blogs. "He's tromping all around the house falling and getting back up and falling again." I'm hoping his audience is mostly family members.Well, considering that he specifically says his blog is to keep people updated on Kaden without bombarding them with photos and emails, it probably is. So what's your point? That said, sharing pictures and stories from a kid's daily life with a closeknit audience of family and friends is about as noble a reason for keeping a blog as I can imagine. There are a million valid reasons why people decide to write a blog, and most of them don't involve becoming famous, making a million dollars or $25 million [hi, Blogging Baby!], or with pushing their creative expression to the limit. Personally, there are a lot easier ways than blogging for me to make $2/hour. I do it because it's fun, it helps me become a better, more thoughtful parent, and because I like the idea of my own experience being of use to other people.
With media dogpiling on blogs as the supposed second coming of the dotcom boom, I'd like to hear why dads (or parents) really keep blogs, and who they envision/hope will read them. If you post (or posted) about your motivations, throw a link into the comments below. And then just sit back and wait for some reporter to come along and misread the whole thing.
Blogophile: The Daddy Track [cbsnews.com, scroll down]