Movember, Day Two. Slight shadow on the upper lip. Gimme a week and I'll look like Adam Morrison.
Also, Photo Booth takes reverse pictures. Why is that? Who cares? I'm not here to talk about the mysteries of Phone Booth. I'm here to talk about the Mystery Of Me Speaking At Mom 2.0.
See? There I am, posing with my lovely wife Heather Armstrong. I think I look better without the beard.
Some backstory: a few weeks ago, Doug French, he of Laid-Off Dad, contacted me regarding Mom 2.0. The Mom 2.0 Bosses were thinking about inviting a few dadbloggers to speak, and would I be interested? Sure, I replied. I like talking about writing. I like moms. I like moms who write. In fact, as I've said, I think the dadblogging community could really learn a lot from Mom Writers. To wit:
“…one element of the mommy blogging community that goes unnoticed is its sheer diversity of content. Moms are writing about an incredibly wide range of topics; along with the classic "diarist" blogs, there are review sites, how-to sites (covering everything from website design to photography to work-life issues), pop culture and sports blogs written by and for moms, and even political sites. These writers aren't merely clichéd "mommies". Their community is brimming with intelligent, diverse, and sophisticated women - women who, by the way, happen to be mothers. (Source.)
If you follow the goings-on in the dadblog-o-sphere, you know that there was a shitstorm a-brewin' - the whole "Do Dadblogs Suck?" drama, which has been beaten like a dead Rody. One good thing that came out of it - the thought that those of us who are serious about our writing lives have a lot in common. And as it happens, a great many of my favorite Internet writers are ladies. DadCentric has received an immeasurable amount of support from great women - our wives, of course, but also a bunch of phenomenal writers who like what we do, and who've been great at sharing our stuff with their respective audiences. A few of them have graced my site with their words. Men who don't read great writing by women aren't really readers, are they?
So the thought of meeting some of these great writers and exchanging ideas - talking about what inspires and motivates us, how we pull stories out of our heads - well, shit, y'all. I jumped at it. Especially after BlogWorld, which was what it was.
I didn't think it was a dick move. And I mean that literally.
I read the post, and a few others like it, and all of the comments, and the tweets. I can't speak to any of it. Last time I checked, I wasn't appointed the Official Representative of Men, assigned as Emissary To All Blogging Conferences Aimed At Women. Of course, the last time I checked, I wasn't a misogynistic asshole. I'm just a writer. I write for men. I write for women. And that's what I'm doing speaking at Mom 2.0.