I am in complete shock, but somehow we have managed to arrive at the 300th post! Much like watching the miles tick away on an odometer, I took notice on posting 290 and paid attention as we got closer and closer to 300. Today, we have reached that number! Not bad for a “Dad Blog” about two funny kids (who aren’t YOUR kids!)
I began this blog in October of 2009 when a client asked me if I knew how to build a website. I told him I had no idea, but I would look into it. The next thing I knew – I had a domain name, a WordPress account, and I was GenXDaddy.
My first posting was…horrible. Embarrassingly, laughably, horrible. Here is what I wrote: As a new dad, I decided that I wanted to have an active role in my son’s life. This site is here to serve other parents who are looking for advice on toys, clothes, and the latest in “toddler trends”! Just to be clear, I don’t think I’m the dad you get advice from. I’m the dad you observe from a distance as you say to yourself, “Remind me not to do what that guy’s doing.” Additionally, I know nothing about “Toddler Trends.” (Although, I have seen my fair share of “Toddler Diaper Treads,” but that’s a different story.)
The other funny thing about starting this blog was – I had no idea it would be on the internet. Take a moment to think about that. I signed up for a website on the internet and then was shocked to find out that my website was on the internet. Right???? I’m THAT guy! I didn’t think this blog would be read by anyone other than me! I thought it was private. Imagine my surprise when I got a comment from someone I’d never met before!
In all seriousness, this site has become something more than I could have ever imagined. GenXDaddy started as an “experiment,” but has morphed over the years into a confessional, a political soapbox, a diary, a source for Dad Advocacy, and a time capsule for my sons. Right or wrong, I’ve done my best to share my daily experiences of being a dad from Generation X.
Thank you for taking this journey with me over the past 300 posts. I hope I’ve made you laugh, think, cringe, cry, and then maybe laugh again. Hopefully, the next 300 posts will be just as exciting (and not used as evidence against me.)
Remember, we’re all doing this dad thing wrong…I’m just doing it publicly!