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State of the Blog Address: Anniversary Edition

November 2nd, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Celebrate 1/100th of a Century With 21st Century Dad

YBirthday CakeI’ve seen several of my blogging buddies let their anniversary (or blogiversary) pass and be followed up with a “I forgot… better late than never.” I swore up and down I wouldn’t miss mine. Guess what happened on October 24th? Nothing! That’s why I’m here today.

Every “blogging expert” tells you not to write any “I’m sorry I haven’t posted lately” posts. I did it once and most of you have too. My posting frequency is down, but I do strive for quality content. What fun is it if you open your feed reader or check your email only to see such a cardinal blogging sin let you down? You can catch up with my random musings on Twitter in between posts. For now, just wait patiently for entertainment, information or a combination of both.

Wherever you stand, you hope to look back and feel good about it. We’ve faced our share of adversity in this household over that period:

Most viewed posts:

  1. Riding My Bike To Save Money
  2. How to Prepare for a Baby’s Arrival on a Budget
  3. Teaching Teens How To Use Public Transit
  4. Get Stuff for Free – Freesource and The Freecycle Network
  5. Good Dad or Good Employee. Pick One
  6. What Does Social Media Mean To You?
  7. Teen Saved From The Pitfalls of Poor Communication Methods
  8. High Fructose Corn Syrup Scorecard
  9. Take Better Photos of Your Children – Use Window Light

There’s only 9 because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want. If you really care what #10 is, your odds for a correct guess, as of November 2nd, 2008, are 119-to-1.

Top Referring Blogs:

  1. Frugal Dad
  2. Renee and Elliott
  3. Unpredictable Life
  4. Parent Hacks
  5. 21st Century Parenting
  6. Geek Mom Mashup
  7. Building Camelot
  8. From Mike
  9. Thingamababy
  10. Mom Is Just A Nickname
  11. Dad Thing
  12. The Busy Dad Blog
  13. TipDad

There are more than 10 blogs listed here because I wanted to be sure to mention Jared, Jim, and Jason. My top-13 is bookended by Jason’s two blogs.

What to Expect in Year 2

This is your blog too. I’m open to suggestions. The comment section below is a great place for you to make your voice heard. Cast your vote here too. A vote in the state of Florida can count and can still make a difference. I already have some ideas for continuing topics and new topics:

Personal Finance – This is a topic I shied away from at first. We already have some great personal finance bloggers out there. I’ve also been a slacker in this department. But I am shaping up.

Photography – I would not be true to myself if I didn’t cover photography. I enjoy taking photos immensely. I am my own worst critic, but have learned to relax. I’ve dipped my toe in the water. This year I’m taking the plunge too.

Personal Accounts – Are you a mommy or daddy blogger? You probably started off trying to share tips, tricks, secrets, and be informative. Then one day, you posted a personal account of parenting and your popularity improved dramatically.

Time Management – The first time I put myself through fiscal rehab, I started to pay more attention to my time. Time is much more finite than money, so you have to manage it to be effective in all areas of your life. I have some time management posts in the works.

Career and Workplace – I am in regular contact with industrial-organizational psychologists through my work. I think about this kind of stuff a lot.

Cooking – Here’s another passion that I’ve been encouraged to channel into blogging. Just like the work I do in the kitchen, I have to massage the written word to be fit for human consumption.

Enjoy Year 2 of this blog!

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Becoming a Million Dollar Dad

October 13th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Chris over at Dad of Divas has a great series running called Becoming a Million Dollar Dad. Every Monday, there will be a new post about skills a dad can add to his repertoire to become a better man and a better father.

Last week, Joey from Daddybrain kicked off the series with Million Dollar Man v.1.2 – Tuning Up Your Emotions.

In this week’s post, I share my experience as a member of Toastmasters.

Read it here.

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Spotlight on Dads

October 4th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Spotlight on Dads is a weekly feature that Jeremy runs on Discovering Dad. This week’s spotlight is on me.

Jeremy publishes one of the best dad blogs I’ve ever seen. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a small village to publish a great blog.

As of this writing, the contributing authors are:

Jeremy Biser is the founder, editor and publisher of Discovering Dad. He has three amazing kids and one incredible wife. His objective with Discovering Dad is to showcase articles about “learning what it means to be a good Dad

Matt Pfingsten is the co-author of The Playpen, a blog dedicated to providing support, humor and resources to parents of preemies, infants and toddlers.

Tom Bowns has a personal blog called Being Michael’s Daddy, where he shares personal experiences and wisdom about raising his fourth child Michael.

Chris Lewis writes about his quest to regain control of his kingdom at Dad of Divas. Each day he finds himself learning more and more of what it means to be both a father and a husband, and his writing is a tribute to this daily journey.

Daniel DeGuia s a 26-year-old proud dad of two and happy husband. Daniel’s first child was born five months after he graduated from high school. Becoming a dad at the age of 18 has given him a unique insight into parenting and has also enabled him to shatter some stereotypes. He writes on his blog, deguia.net, about current events, life in Sonoma County and the West Memphis Three.

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Guest Posting Opportunities Available

October 1st, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad

Has it really been two weeks? Yes it has. There’s a lot going on, but I haven’t totally dropped off the face of the earth. You can still find me on Twitter, and I recently added a bunch of new friends on Facebook.

Here’s an open invitation to y’all from south of the Mason-Dixon Line and youse guys up north. I’ll be back on track soon. I’ve had a major shift in my daily and weekly routine along with some unusually heavy demands on my time. Ironically, there are a few guests posts in that queue.

Coming soon to a blog near you!

News, Notes, and Links

August 24th, 2008 . by 21st Century Dad
Then and Now
young photographers

Earlier today, I set up the tripod. As soon as I unfolded the legs, Twilli ran right over and started messing with it. As a small child, I remember being fascinated by cameras and accessories. Twilli seems to share the same enthusiasm.

The Big News

My last post was about Twilli’s first birthday. Naturally, this is around the time that a baby starts walking. Twilli has taken her first few unassisted steps! For the most part, she defaults to crawling or cruising, depending on how fast she wants to get from point A to point B and the availability of something to grab on to.

No video yet. It’s coming soon. This is the time in a child’s life when video coverage starts to get interesting, especially since we have two cats.

We can learn a lot from watching our children grow. Twillil is pretty fast on all fours or while cruising. As she takes her first steps without holding on, I can see the trepidation on her face. She takes about 3-4 steps and defaults to methods she has mastered. Why should we learn this new way of doing things if it’s so difficult? As adults, we face challenges like this regularly. The short-term pain leads to long term gain.

The Links

I took a little break from the blog. Many mom and dad blogs follow this pattern of regular posts, a short break, regular posts, irregular posts, etc. Parenting comes first and blogging is somewhere farther down the list of priorities.

  • Please send your thoughts and prayers to Jared, Momma, and Ace. In the past, when I heard news like this, the most I could ever muster was, “oh, how unfortunate.” This time, I started crying less than half way into reading the post.
  • John at Modern Parent reviewed some of his son’s favorite toys. He also did a write-up of the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Home. My daughter enjoys hers immensely too. I didn’t have to assemble mine. It was a much-appreciated hand-me-down.
  • The Great Minivan Trade-Up – The Dad of Divas, Chris Lewis has started his own trade-up. He started with an old Kodak camera and is working his way up to a Toyota Sienna mini-van. How long will it take. Follow his odyssey here. He also posts regular video updates on his YouTube channel.
  • Five Myths About Simplicity Busted – Simplifying your life doesn’t mean an austere existence. You can be happy.
  • Ron at The Wisdom Journal shares his tips on reducing stress

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