Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Spain Dad, a baby blog celebrated its fifth birthday in February. This milestone has given me the chance to reflect on my original purpose for this blog. In 2006 when April first got pregnant, I remember she had a stack of parenting books waiting on my nightstand, complete with neat, hand-written bookmarks telling me which chapters I needed to read.
In nine months, I learned everything about my wife giving birth, becoming a mother, and how I could support her. What I wanted and couldn’t find was the story of a first-time dad discovering how to be an involved and nurturing parent. The last thing I needed was more expert advice, a ten-step plan or fancy pie charts. I just wanted someone to give it to me straight, “What was parenting going to be like for me?”
Spain Dad, a baby blog is the story I wanted and couldn’t find.
At the same time that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve also been working on a book with the same purpose. Many of your favorite stories from this blog are featured in the book, but they’ve been put through the rigorous editorial process necessary for print publication. New material has been written exclusively for the book. Also, the collection of stories has been reworked as a whole to tell a cohesive story with a clear sense of plot, theme and character development.
For now, I’ve decided to stop writing on this blog in order to give my full time and attention to getting the book published, as well as a handful of children’s books that feature Alleke as the main character. In the future, I do plan on starting a new blog, but I’m not sure yet what it will be about. If you would like to receive news about the progress of these books or the new blog, leave your email address in the blank below and click “Subscribe.”
Thanks for reading!
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