While I've already shared my thoughts on the terrible tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, last month, there hasn't been a day that's gone by without thinking about it. While outsiders like myself were cetainly impacted by the events of December 14, 2012, the community that experienced it first-hand faces a liftime of healing, with support needed in areas that haven't even begun to surface. With that in mind, the Sandy Hook School Support Fund was established jointly by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank to support the Newtown community following the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Now, my friends at FiXT (a leading label and retailer of EDM and rock music) have partnered with Groupees.com and over 50 artists to benefit the fund through sales of TO NEWTOWN WITH LOVE, a massive bundle of digital music with 100% of donations going to the fund.
We're officially one week into the New Year, but Christmas isn't quite finished. My Mom had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I should write something about "Six Christmases," and while I didn't think I would, here I am doing it in January. For my little ones, Holiday 2012 brought Six Christmases. We've got five down and one to go. This blog entry is geared largely for our family to get a look at our December.
Whether you'd like to call them "Dad Bloggers," "Daddy Bloggers," or just "Bloggers that happen to be Dads," there's a lot more men jumping into the "parenting" realm of the blogging world on a regular basis. While the mainstream media loves to toss headlines like "Year of the Dad Blogger!" (which I'm fairly sure has been used for the past three years, not counting the just-started 2013), there's a lot of interesting voices out there that are all working on building audiences for their unique and very personal writings. Last month, Oren Miller of A Blogger and a Father created a private Facebook Group to unite Dad Bloggers in one place to meet, mingle, swap stories, and cross-promote. This past week, The Rock Father joined the growing group.
Ahhh.... the customary "year-in-review..." post is here. I'll just come right out and say it: 2012 was a good year for me, and it started pretty early on. The decision to ditch my old writing/editing gig in favor of building The Rock Father™ into it's own "Empire" was the catalyst for many adventures for which I'm grateful. As many of you have just discovered the site in the past few months, there's certainly some good stuff that you might've missed, and thus the "year-end wrap-up" is a prime opportunity to check out some highlights. I always feel like these year-end posts are just self-appreciative horn-tooting sessions, and maybe they are, so I've assembled some "Greatest Hits" from the past twelve months, while mixing it up with some Rock Father adventures from other sites and beyond...
This has been a difficult post to sit down and write. For the past two days, I've been conflicted on exactly what to say, but as I told my wife earlier today, it felt impossible for me to resume posting on The Rock Father like "business as usual." The world today is a different place than it was on Friday morning, when in-between dropping off and picking up my oldest daughter from her "Terrific 2's & 3's" program, I did a quick post about some new tracks on ROCK BAND just before giving my infant a bottle while checking out a KNIGHT RIDER re-run on G4. What was taking place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was a rampage of an unimaginable and horrifying scale.
Ever since I started doing The Rock Father as my full-time web presence, I've noticed a few things in the blogosphere that bug the hell out of me. For the most part, I just ignore the little quips and move along without saying anything, but now the time has come to reveal the biggest gripe I have... the classic "Review and Giveaway." Let me tell you something, fellow bloggers: the words "review" and "giveaway" should NEVER be used together. Parenting bloggers (Mommy Bloggers, Daddy Bloggers, etc.) are the worst offenders.