January 15, 2014 by Dadinator
When I started this blog up a year ago I did it for two main reasons. I wanted to write down a record of my experiences of fatherhood for myself and for others to read over. I wanted to capture it so I could look back in some of these moments and some of these challenges, maybe even share them with the kids one day. I hoped readers might recognise themselves in some of my little anecdotes, even take some solace from the fact that we all struggle at times, and we all get through it in the end.
I also did it as a way of making myself a zone on line where I could flag “This is my parenting space! If parenting bores you or angers you somehow that’s cool, just don’t read this blog.” This meant my personal facebook was not flooding people’s walls with pictures of kids or details of toilet training, it left me a space to crap on about having kids without babyjacking on-line conversations. I do it enough in real life anyway…..
Sorry everyone… Ummmm….. Want to see a photo of my kids?
But I want to do more.
I am naturally cautious about being controversial and about stating opinions. I’m the sort of guy who puts caveats on statements, or who tacks “but that’s just me” on the end of a sentence. My writing is similar and I wanted to find a way to force myself to write out of my comfort zone, to engage with issues, to do some research and write stuff that made me think – and which hopefully made my readers think too.
So I concocted an evil plan. You’re all involved by the way. This is my blogging resolution for 2014. Each month I will write a post on an issue from the audience. It could be anything to do with family/parenting. Religion and kids. Vaccination. Sleeping. Money. Circumcision (is that even a thing anymore?). Gender….. Whatever.
Each month I will put out a call to people to send me suggestions on what to write about. You can comment on the blog post or email me via admin(at)dadinating.com, you can or you can post on The Dadinator’s Facebook page.
I’ll collect suggestions and compile a short-list of 4 topics that I will then publish as a poll on the blog. Vote for whichever you want to see me tackle, the issue that comes out in front will be the one I write on.
So, what would you like to see me write on this month? Send me your suggestions now, and when the poll goes up remember: Vote early and vote often!.