No, the title of this post is not a tease that we are expecting our second child. (Sorry, grandmas.)
This week I will be partaking in the Dad 2.0 Summit in San Diego. While this year marks the sixth year for the annual conference, this will be my first year attending. A “rookie dad,” so to speak. Which is fitting since I consider myself very much a rookie, regardless of my age. In the “dad game” I’m sort of like one of those middle-aged pitchers that spent their entire baseball career in the minors before finally being called up to “the show.”
For the last decade and a half, when I’ve traveled the eighty or so miles South down Interstate 5 it has been for Comic-Con International to either hawk comics that I’ve created or try to land gigs to write comics for other publishers. This time around, I’m heading down with the hopes of not only learning how I can make this DAN a.k.a. DAD a better dad blog, but maybe pick up a few pointers on being an even better dad.
So, what is the Dad 2.0 Summit? Well, according to the official website it…
“…is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, and an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.”
Modern fatherhood is a lot different than it was way back when my own dad was a dad. Nowadays more men are taking a more active role in the day-to-day rearing of their children. Today’s dad now has their finger on the pulse of products and services are available in regards to raising their kids. And, many of today’s dads are using these same fingers to type up “dad blogs” — like yours truly.
About a year and a half ago I was invited by a friend on Facebook to join the Dad Bloggers Group. (Thanks, Joel.) He had read my posts about being an expectant father and figured that I might have a knack, or at least an aspiration, for dad blogging. And, since I joined a group of dad bloggers I had to come up with a dad blog — and now you’re reading DAN a.k.a. DAD. Since joining the group I’ve made a lot of new friends — who coincidentally, also happen to be dads that blog. (Well, most of them still blog.) I’m looking forward to meeting many of them face-to-face for the first time during the summit. And, I hope to learn a few of their tricks of the dad blogging trade as well.
Let’s be honest, folks. As much as I just like sharing my thought about being a dad and bragging about my awesome kid, I wouldn’t mind increasing the readership of the DAN a.k.a. DAD blog, mastering how to create engaging content, and maybe gaining a few sponsors to earn a little scratch for the kid’s college fund.
And, as an added bonus… It appears my daughter’s eyeteeth are just beginning to come in. So, I’ll be spared a few days of tot teething terror while I’m away. Sorry, honey.
I plan on documenting my experience while at the summit via Instagram and Twitter. So, if you’re interested in live coverage of the event you might want to make sure you’re following the DAN a.k.a. DAD Twitter (@danakadad) account and Instagram (danakadad) account. (Not to be confused with my regular Twitter (@danltaylor) and Instagram (geekpunkdan) accounts. But, feel free to follow those too.) And while you’re add it, how about showing a little more love to DAN a.k.a. DAD by liking the Facebook page? Also, feel free to share DAN a.k.a. DAD with others. Any and all support is appreciated. Thanks.