Thanks to sites like Dad-O-Matic and loyal readers like you, the blogosphere is emerging as a terrific outlet for Dads to get out front and take a more vocal stance on parenting and fatherhood issues and experiences. Â There are hundreds of caring and sharing “daddy bloggers” spreading their unique perspectives on “the world according to Dad…” Â In addition to Dad oriented blogs, vlogs and podcasts, Dads are being more regularly featured as speakers and on panels at events such as BlogWorld Expo and 140Conf Boston, and even events themselves are forming around Dads and Men such as the upcoming Modern Media Man Summit (M3).
Join The Club
One of the latest groups to reach out and raise up Dads is the Social Media Club, who is about to launch their 2010 Fall Tour with the theme, “Social Media + Family, A Dad’s Perspective.” Â Founded by Kristie Wells and Chris Heuer in 2006, Social Media Club is perhaps the premiere global organization promoting and educating in ways to “connect media makers from aroundÂ the world to advance media literacy, promote industry standards,Â encourage ethical behaviour and share the lessons they have learned.” Â Social Media Club boasts active chapters in major cities throughout the world, and hosts many informative, engaging events, and the “Social Media + Family” tour should be a great way for dads and parents to step up and discuss how Social Media has impacted their family lives. Â In addition to the 12 city “Dad’s Perspective” tour, in each event city Chris Heuer will be hosting a “Dads Who Lunch” luncheon for local Dad bloggers. Â If you are in one of the cities that the Social Media Club tour will be visiting I would encourage you to try to attend the event and luncheon, as an engaged conversation and meeting great people is a guaranteed result. Â The tour commences this Wednesday, September 8th, in Atlanta. Â The full schedule is:
- Atlanta -Â Wednesday September 8 (Confirmed)
- Minneapolis -Â Wednesday September 22 (Confirmed)
- St Louis – Thursday September 23 (Confirmed)
- Phoenix -Â Thursday September 30 (Confirmed)
- New York – Monday October 4? (Confirmed)
- Denver – Wednesday October 6 or Thursday October 7
- Seattle – Monday October 11 (Confirmed)
- Detroit – Monday, October 18 (Confirmed)
- Cleveland – Thursday October 21? (Confirmed)
- Washington, DC – Monday October 25 (Confirmed)
- Baltimore – Tuesday October 26Â (Confirmed)
- Boston – Thursday October 28 (Confirmed)
If you are in one of these cities I hope you can make it to the event and support this Dad + Family initiative. Â I am confident you won’t be disappointed.
DISCLOSURE: I am a member of Social Media Club and consider Kristie and Chris friends. I have been to SMC events in NY, Florida and other cities and have always been impressed with the membership, content and professionalism of the group.
Jeff Sass is the proud dad of ZEO (Zach, 22, Ethan, 20 and Olivia, 18). Â He is also a seasoned entertainment and technology exec and active social media enthusiast. Â You can see more of Jeffâ€™s writing atÂ Sassholes! andÂ Social Networking Rehab and you can listen to Jeff on theÂ Cast of Dads podcast.?