Hey daddy of all beards! I’m not at all tired of getting Dad 2.0 Summit questions and I’m happy to answer all of them! I’ll tuck my response under the jump so that those of you who are all, “Who care’s about that stoopid dad blogging conference thing, yo!!!” can simply move on. (Sorry if you’re seeing this via mobile and are subjected to reading this!!!)
OK, you bring up a great point, namely about being a “just-for-kicks-not-for-moola” kinda blog. I consider myself to be in the same hobbyist camp of bloggers. Honestly, there’s nothing I find more annoying than blogs that are covered with banner ads or blogs that primarily feature sponsored posts where the bloggers are yammering on about random products or giveaways that I Don’t Care Anything About. Barf.
Obvs, there’s nothing wrong with having that kinda blog, but it’s just not my cuppa lukewarm water. I like blogs that tell personal, authentic stories. My favorite blogs are written by peeps who hold back—just a little—so I have to constantly work to figure out what’s coming up next or what’s around the corner. I’m interested in people and their stories, not what they’re hawking.
Sure, Dad 2.0 Summit is designed to connect bloggers (specifically dad bloggers) with brands, but it’s not just about commerce. In fact, the hard reality is that very few blogs actually make it as sustainable businesses. Good on those peeps who can make a buck or two from their blogs and can do so with integrity. For the majority of us, though, blogging is about the love of storytelling or finding community or simply goofing around.
While some of the programming at Dad 2.0 Summit cover things like connecting with brands and how to maximize SEO to gain followers, a big chunk of the programming showcases the writing and stories of peeps just like us: regular dads who like to tell stories about our lives and our kids. There are also workshops on design and photography, and sessions about parenthood and work/life balance that we can all relate to. The keynote speakers often provide inspiring stories about their work, but more so they tell stories about what it means to live in our complicated world as parents, on top of all of our other obligations.
The community component of Dad 2.0 Summit has really been invaluable to me, and not because I’m an especially active participant in the community, because I’m not. But I know if I needed perspective or advice or a pat on the back, I can always turn to the community that’s been created and they’ll always welcome me back with open arms.
Dad 2.0 Summit has an active Facebook page and Summit Alum page, if you’re into that kind of thing, and the guys who participate are all really nice. So, really, Dad 2.0 Summit is less about making money from your blog (although that track is available, if you want it), but more about finding like-minded peeps who are interested in being engaged with their families and their work.
I’ve been thinking about a post that my Tumblr buddy imfeelingrandy posted last night about meeting people. I think Randy’s post was kinda sorta about loneliness, but, really, I think it was more about friendship. I think for guys, after a certain age, especially after settling down and having kids, it’s really hard to make new friends. It’s weird to walk up to another random guy and say, “Hey, let’s be friends!” Cuz that random guy would probably think that you’re a freak or something.
I dunno, maybe I’m wrong, but it seems to me like women are probably better at putting themselves out there and making new friendships, but us guys tend to dig in our heels and focus on work and family, and then suddenly we realize that we forgot to sustain our friendships or make new ones. Maybe it’s just me.
I’ve met some really nice peeps at Dad 2.0 Summit, many of whom I see only once a year. But each year we pick up where we left off and it’s great. The reason why I shill so much for Dad 2.0 Summit, which I do on my own, not because they’ve asked me to, is because there are so many Tumblr peeps that I would love to meet in real life because I think we would be friends, and if going to a conference about dads and blogging is a way to get Tumblr peeps together, then that’s pretty cool.
Otherwise, I think it would be cool if we could arrange a massive Tumblr meetup-slash-party somewhere (like, in San Francisco!) and we would each invite 10 Tumblr “friends” that we know only online but have never met IRL. And each of us would have to introduce our 10 friends to 10 more peeps at the party. I think that would be pretty cool!
Sorry, I forgot what your question was. But thanks for your question!