Friday, February 12, 2016
Attending My First Dad 2.0 Summit
Before I became a father back in later 2013, I always knew I would love the role. For years I had thought about becoming a dad, but most of the time the fears of the unknown had overshadowed my excitement. When my son was born, I took the mantle of dad with a smile on my face and wanted to make the best of it. My journey into finding other fathers like me (excited, active dads) eventually led me to blog about being a dad, and further, to a community of dads on Facebook. I've been a part of that group for about 2 years now and the information and camaraderie I have gained from being a member has been instrumental in being a dad. One event that occurs every year that is incredibly popular within this group is the Dad 2.0 Summit. This is a conference of sorts where Dads from across the world meet in one central location to talk about social media, meet brands, and most importantly, talk about being a dad with other dad friends from across the internet.
When I learned that the Dad 2.0 Summit this year was in Washington DC, just an hour drive from my home in Baltimore, I had to jump on it. So, in a weeks time, I will be in DC with ~400 other dads as we discuss modern fatherhood and our ever changing role within it. I'm a little nervous since there will be a lot of big fish there. I'm just a small dad blogger who likes to talk about fatherhood and my nerdy interests. I co-run a parenting focused video game blog as well (TheDadcade.com) but some of these dads are big time with their reach and influence. Regardless, I'm looking at this opportunity as a worthwhile endeavor to not only grow as a blogger/social media presence, but to become a better parent for my son and a better husband for my wife.
The event is a 3 day long conference and when it's over, I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about here on FatherNerdsBest. I'm excited to finally meet a lot of friends I have made over the course of my two years of being a dad and even more excited for the possibilities of the future. Being a dad is the single most important job I have ever undertaken. Just like I take classes at work to bolster my performance, I'm viewing this conference as an investment in myself, my family, and the role that I play within it. Keep an eye on my social media accounts (linked below) for updates during the conference and after!