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.
I have been working on this blog entry since November 25. Over the past few weeks, I've gone back and forth on it, updating, adding new information, and finally setting it free...
I really wish that we could all just let our kids be kids and play with whatever toy they'd like without having to think of things in greater social terms. While our daughters are welcome to explore whatever piques their interests, the simple fact is that there is no "right and wrong" when it comes to play. Last month, I wrote a piece for New York's Time to Play Magazine about my daughter's love of toy cars (read it here), touching on the issue of gender neutrality a bit, but also saying that it's ok to play with whatever she'd like. If she wants to race around with her Hot Wheels today, then dress up in full Princess garb tonight, it's cool.
It's been awhile since I've posted anything purely self-promotional, so I guess we're overdue for a plug for The Rock Father on the different social sites around the web. In fact, my wife just asked a question that a few others have posited as well: "How come you have so many twitter followers, but not as many on Facebook?" Well, it's time to fix that. I appreciate all of you that visit and read The Rock Father regularly, and hope that you'll take a few moments to connect around the web. I 'm on Pinterest, and have a brand-new profile on Google+, and a page on the "New Myspace" which is currently in it's private beta. Links below!
It's only Tuesday, yet still a fair amount of music news has been hitting my inbox here at Rock Father HQ. While I can't say anything has been completely mind-blowing, there's enough here for an early-edition of The Random Rock N' More, the column where I fire off quick one-line updates on a bunch of artists. If you want to dig deeper, a link is provided. As always, this hits on all areas of 'rock' from indie and folk to black metal and grindcore - "Music for Grown-ups" that wouldn't be featured on the homepage of The Rock Father™ site. Everything is fair game. Here's your Random Rock for Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
It's 2am and as I was updating The Rock Father™ facebook page, I happened to see a post in my feed from The Baby Gizmo Company stating that Maclaren USA was going under. Specifically, that Maclaren (famous for inventing the Umbrella stroller) had quietly filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Liquidation back in December. Bloomberg Businessweek confirms that ''on December 29, 2011, American Baby Products, Inc. filed a voluntary petition for liquidation under Chapter 7 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut.'' Maclaren USA is a "DBA" of American Baby Products, Inc. but this story gets a lot more interesting.
As each day passes, I always wonder if my children will be able to experience comic books the way I did growing up. It's no secret that the rise of digital vs. print and the skyrocketing cost of everything has taken a toll on the comic book industry, and it's becoming increasingly hard to find a cool local comic shop the way it was back in the 80's. One of the longest-running comic series' and publishers is ARCHIE, and while their flagship title generally still moves 15-20K print copies a month, they're embracing digital and facebook to reach new readers.