The picture above was cropped for my new header.
One of my favorite movies of all time is the so-relevant-to-real-life Marley and Me– which is based on the autobiographical book of the same name. The author and main character is John Grogan, a newspaper columnist who captures his everyday life in stories in his column. The first time I saw Marley and Me, I remember thinking, “That would be so cool to have such a widely read column.” Around the same time, in 2009, my wife bought me two “how to become a writer” books for my birthday. I had the inspiration and the guidance, I just didn’t have the right story topic yet.
A year later, my wife and I found out we were going to have a baby. The idea came to me to become the only dad in history to document my fatherly thoughts and perspective every single week on a blog, starting with the beginning of the pregnancy. So on April 13, 2010, I wrote my first “dad from day one” entry. And today, technically, I write my last.
Here’s why: Parents.com, the website for Parents magazine (first published in 1926), has decided to pick up my daddy blog series; starting today, right now, at the conclusion of this post with a link. “Dad from day one” is being rebooted into something much bigger, yet it will still be faithful to its roots. (And I’ll still be writing my “nonparenting” posts here on NickShell.com). I decided to go with a new name for my daddy blog that I felt will be most appropriate, since I’m the only daddy blogger for Parents.com’s new featured blogs.
I needed some help coming up with the perfect name, though. So I recruited the help of my facebook friends, and Diana Jung Taub had the idea to play off of the word “data.” I added the word “base,” then my wife gave me the official article “the.”
The Dadabase will pick up right where “dad from day one” is leaving off. But whereas “dad from day one” has been a weekly series (I wrote at least one post each week for it), The Dadabase will basically be a daily series. I am contracted to write a minimum of 4 posts per week and can write a maximum of 25 each month. If I write the maximum, which predictably is what I am planning to do, that’s around 5.5 posts per week.
With Parents magazine’s already existing paid circulation of 2 million people and a total readership of 15 million people, my daddy blog is about to hit an instant growth spurt- a pretty big one. I’m good at keeping secrets (I’ve known about this since March as I’ve been in a nearly daily contact with the editors up in New York City) but I’m so happy to finally share the news with you, my faithful readers.
Okay, welp… it’s time to shut down the lights in this little place and move all my stuff to that high rise apartment in the sky. I’m movin’ on up- and I’m taking you with me.
Enter: The Dadabase.
(Click on the the underlined phrase above this sentence to be transported there, it’s the link…)