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THE GREAT SOCIAL MEDIA STORY: Don’t Call it a Comeback!!!

Another birthday in the bag and I’m long overdue for a solid blog post. Admittedly, part of my recent absence involved my two-week vacation from work and my choice to spend more time with my family, time stolen away by the 9-5 I work to keep him well.

But though all else seemed secondary for a while, with my gaze transfixed on the small adventures we’d have in Ottawa and Toronto, I’d never stay gone forever, the blog too much a part of me to abandon it without good reason.

Don't Call It A Comeback — Casey and Son at Hanlan's Point
I expected many moments like this in 2014, but maybe didn’t appreciate all the work that comes with ‘em.

I entered 2014 thinking I knew exactly where my blog was going next. I’d just had a kid less than two months before, eagerly writing on the brand-new fatherhood experience and everything I was learning from it. I’d written up The 2014 100, my annual list of 100 things I’d like to try doing through the year, looking more optimistic than my list did for The 2013 100 as I better understood who I was and what I wanted. Through either dumb luck or all the years of hard work paying off, I was lining up paid opportunities and access to plenty of product reviews — it felt like the year I could finally say I “made it”, one of Toronto’s bloggers making money for their craft, with the potential of calling blogging a “job”.

But the truth isn’t nearly as simple as that. Six months later, my posts are infrequent, my mind’s tired and I feel like my #BloggerLife’s more confused now than it was when the year began.

It might be time to take a look at my blogging and figure out what it is I’m trying to accomplish.

CONTINUE READING: A look at why I blog, what drives me, and what I need to do next to keep thriving.

Canadian National Comics Expo 2006 Convention Table

Getting it Write — A Blog Hop on Writing and Why I Do It!

In a world where I consider blogging far past its prime as we use photos, audio and video as the clearest ways to communicate a message, I still choose to write. “The writing’s on the wall,” you say, a smugness in your tone as you note the play on words, “You can make so much more money on YouTube!” But that’s not what it’s all about for me — when I write, I treat it like anything else I put together, carefully and methodically, much like I would when working on a detailed art piece, trying to get every little details just so to help my audience truly get inside my head.

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Writer. Photographer. Daydreamer. Blogger. Designer. Cat lady. Iowa girl. Jewelry addict. Baker. Recovering perfectionist. Stealer of french fries. Lover of pretty things and geeky humor.

Recently, my friend and fellow BiSC-uit Kelly Leaman of [Insert Clever Title Here] emailed me, seeing if I wanted to join a blog hop on writing. Much like the chain mail of days past, blog hops start with a blogger and an idea, tagging other bloggers to get their thoughts and so on.

In this particular exercise, we answered four questions on writing:

  1. What am I working on?
  2. How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
  3. Why do I write what I do?
  4. How does my writing process work?

Almost 12 years and over 2,000 posts later, I hope these answers give a little insight into why I keep blogging, and the things I’m planning next for my little corner of the Internet.

CONTINUE READING: Four questions. Four answers. For more insight into my mind, CLICK HERE!

Where all the Dad Bloggers At?!

I’M NOT DEAD, I’M JUST A DAD: Where The Dad Bloggers At?

In the vicious wild of the blogosphere in a creature mighty impressive, but rarely seen. He’s ferociously protective of his young, carving out territory to tell their tales without overexposing them to the dangers of the world. He creates for his peers that may never see his craft, more likely to follow sports teams and tech trends than they are tales of families and minivans. The Dad Blogger is very real, very vocal, and though small in number, are a group of bloggers you’d better keep eyes on for the future!

The Rare Beast of the Blogosphere: The Daddy Blogger

The Mom Bloggers are a reckoning force, hundred if not thousands in number here in Canada alone, having built solid distribution channels through sites like Parent Tested Parent Approved, Mom Central Canada and the Yummy Mummy Club. Many other breeds of blogger love to hate on them, seeing their success with Brand Ambassadorships, Twitter parties and vast social media metrics, wondering why they can’t have a piece of what the Mom Bloggers have cultivated for themselves. And not only have Moms gotten together to form a blogging ecosystem unto their own, the mother as the classic parental figure lends itself well to the medium, providing plenty of opportunity for sharing on similar experiences, whether they’re birth stories, breastfeeding or the barrage of emotions included with a child’s milestones like their first steps or that fateful morning you drop them off at daycare.

But Moms aren’t the only parents — Dad Bloggers do exist, even if there’re only a handful of them.

Daddy and Son at Play

Most male bloggers I’ve come across aren’t fathers, and of the ones who are, they often don’t blog on their fatherhood experience. The guys I know blog food, they blog tech, they blog on all these things that society deems “masculine”, but the joys, trials and lessons that come from fatherhood aren’t a topic often discussed around the digital water cooler.

So far, I’ve tracked down just over 30 Canadian Dad Bloggers (aka “Daddy Bloggers”, or my personal favourite, “Father Bloggers”). 30. 30′s a mid-scale blogger event in Toronto. 30′s an average attendee number at a popular Twitter chat. 30′s a group, but it’s shockingly small for the size of a niche that spans a nation!

A quick look at the 2011 Canadian census would have us expect 2,054,645 fathers across Canada, yet 99.99853989% of them are oddly silent with their stories.

Where are the fathers? If they’re not sharing their stories online, where are they sharing them?

CONTINUE READING: A comprehensive study of Canada’s 30+ Dad bloggers, their stats and why more Dads don’t blog.

10 Links You Should Click — Zen Pencils || 150. JIM HENSON: A puppeteer’s advice

10 Links You Should Click

One of my bad habits is racking numerous open tabs up in my browsers. It’s something I’ve tried to curb in The 2014 100, but it still creeps in if left unchecked.

After chatting with a friend who misses the short posts I used to put out with 100 Happy Days, she got me thinking on what I could put out that was short and sweet but could still be valuable to my readers.

So in that spirit, here’s 10 Links You Should Click, a (maybe weekly) look at the stuff I come across and think you should check out. It could be things I want to make or do, or maybe stuff I just discovered that made me pause.

May these links titillate and thrill you, excite and entice you — and give me a reason to do this again!

CONTINUE READING: 10 links I found that you might find just as interesting!

SodaStream at Play — On the Playmat

I’M NOT DEAD, I’M JUST A DAD: SodaStream #BubblesMyWay at My First Father’s Day!

These past months with the SodaStream Source have been fun — with summer afoot, I’ve thought up other places I could include the ultra-portable carbonation machine — days out at the park, trips down to the Toronto Islands, parties, hydrating garage sale customers, or even just on more nights out on the patio. Since it doesn’t need to plug in, uses no batteries, is fairly lightweight and pretty compact, there’re many places I can get my Bubbles My Way — I just need to use a little imagination!

SodaStream at Play — Buckled Up
Our little SodaStream was ready for its first road trip to a friend’s place, to share the joy of sparkling drinks!

CONTINUE READING: See how SodaStream fit into my first Father’s Day!

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