Many of you know that I actually had a Paid Writing Gig, doing content for the then hot new parenting blog, Strollerderby, itself a feature of the hot new "urban parenting" website Babble. Getting $10 a post was cool; working for a group of wackjobs, not so much. I soon lost interest in writing for the site; as I don't particularly care about the Parenting Problems and Anxieties Of Upper-Middle Class White People, and as I do actually feel that having a kid is actually a pretty joyful experience, I quit. (Also, I made the mistake of publicly criticizing the hatchet job that the site did on Neal Pollack, which the Higher-Ups didn't appreciate. Also, that they recently chose to subtitle the Strollerderby blog as "the mother of all parenting blogs"? Guess intelligence borrows and genius steals, right?Scroll down a bit to my entry on DadCentric.)
Occasionally, I get visits from people who read an old exchange I had with Dutch re: Wal-Mart. Contrary to what you may think, I admire and respect the guy, even if I disagree with some of the stuff he writes so eloquently about. We dads, we noble few, we band of brothers, etc., I'd like to think that on a basic level, we have each others' backs. In that spirit, I'd like to pass along this. There seems to be a groundswell of support for Dutch, and I'm only too happy to lend some space to the cause. Babble, you suck.