If you read my “post”:http://www.peterflaschner.com/index.php?id=76 the other day about blogging for bucks, you’ll know I have some reservations about the whole concept. I’ve been thinking long and hard about the whole labor of love vs the labor of labor angle on the argument, and have decided that I’m full of crap. The two are not mutually exclusive. Work done for the love of the process and the love of the finished piece is usually the most compelling work. Receiving compensation for that is not evil, and not wrong.
I continue to find the concept of running ten to fifteen blogs mercenary, but if one is able to provide that much quality content, who am I to pee on their parade?
So I’m hopping on the bandwagon, and the pee comment above is a perfect segue to introduce my new blog, “dadlog.com”:http://www.dadlog.com Over the course of my frequent trips around the web, I’ve noticed a gazillion *momblogs*, but very few *dadblogs*. What’s up with that? Don’t we dads have things to say? I know I sure do. As I say in the intro over there,
bq. I’m proud of my kids, and proud of myself for continuing to survive. I’m hoping that this site will help me find the humour in some of the crappier moments (pun fully intended).
In time, if the readership warrants it, I’ll start introducing adwords. The purpose of the site is not solely to make a buck. I’ve found the process of writing this site to be incredibly stimulating. Read any book on creativity, and it will tell you “write everyday”. What do you know? They’re on to something. I find that I’m more aware of my environment, more keenly tuned in to design, and more *on* than I’ve been before. I attribute this to blogging. I’m hoping the same kind of open-eyed awareness will come my parenting. We’ll see.
You’ll also notice a couple of changes to Almost Cool coming up. I’m going to be adding a section called “tool box” that will contain links to all the scripts, plugins, and other tricks that I use on a regular basis. The point here is to try to add some extra value to the site. As I say in the sidebar, I’ve learned just about everything I know about web design from bloggers. This will act as a central depository for the best of the best.
I’m also going to expand and rename the media section to “recommendations”. I’ll be writing more reviews of books, audiobooks, and music. If you happen to decide to buy one of my recommended titles, you’ll have the option of being taken directly to amazon or audible to complete your purchase. As an affiliate, I’ll get a small kickback. I make a sincere promise to you that I will never, ever recommend something I do not truly believe to be worth your bucks.
I get the feeling that you’ll be seeing a bit more from me as I launch this new site, rather than less. Blogging is like a drug; the more I do it, the more I want to write.
//Edit: I’m without a pc at the moment. Would one of you kind souls take a look at “dadlog”:http://www.dadlog.com with ie6 and tell me if it looks broken? “Here’s”:http://www.dadlog.com/images/screenshot.jpg a link to a screen shot from firefox. – Thanks!