Merry Christmas! (and to end the year, a few odds and ends)

2012 has been a pretty tough year, and a lot of us will be glad to flip the calendar. However, despite the larger news of the world, I will always look back on 2012 as the year I took a risk and found amazing rewards.

Nick and I are so grateful for all of your support this year, and we look forward to a great 2013

In my day job, I teach HR and supervisory management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where I also conduct academic research into work-family balance and do occasional consulting. Academic writing is important, but can be limiting in terms of format and audience, and requires impersonal, scientific writing.

To expand beyond this, I had been toying with the idea of a blog on work-family issues for dads for a long time. It took a push by a friend (thanks, Anjanette!) to get me started. On September 16th, I launched FWF into the interwebs, not knowing how it would be received.

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Holiday Gratitude

Thanks for making me feel like the Richest Man in Town

Even better than this!

A few big milestones for FWF this week.  Thank you all for making them happen.

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The FatherBlogger Next Door

One of the more rewarding aspects of starting a blog about fatherhood is consistently reading other related blogs and connecting with their authors.

Today, I’d like to highlight one of my favorite fatherhood bloggers- Jeff, who runs the blog, Ay yo, Be a Father!. His blog is an entertaining, well-written and thought-provoking- I highly recommend following the blog (I especially liked his post, Score another one for the mama).

In blogging, as well as in life, you gotta have friends!
In blogging, as well as in life, you gotta have friends!

However, it is more the blogger himself, rather than his blog, that I’d like to highlight. Jeff was the first fatherblogger to stumble upon FWF in its infancy. He reached out initially by making thoughtful comments on the blog and eventually through email. In the early days of FWF, Jeff offered me needed positive encouragement while demonstrating the importance of reaching out to fellow fatherbloggers. From the man himself:

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Follow FWF, Raise Money for the National Fatherhood Initiative! (Update)

I am very grateful that, in the two months of FWF, we’ve built a readership and community.  According to WordPress.com’s site statistics, we’ve had over 3000 page views- that’s over 130 per post.  Thank you for coming to the blog, and especially for coming back.

But I’m not satisfied with a small but growing active readership- I want world domination! a large and growing active readership!

In my day job, I’m a management professor, so I always teach my students about the power of goal-setting and well-aligned incentives.  A few weeks ago, I set a goal for the blog: 100 readers who follow FWF through email, Twitter or WordPress by the end of the year.

Follow the Blog, Help a Worthy Cause

For incentive, I am donating $2 for every reader who signs up to follow the blog by the end of the year to the National Fatherhood Initiative, a well-established, national not-for-profit whose mission is to: “To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.” They provide resources, training and skill-building workshops for fathers all over the country, and pay special attention to helping military families and those in low-income communities.  This seems like an appropriate charity for FWF and something we can all get behind.

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Follow the Fathers, Work and Family Blog: Raise Money for the National Fatherhood Initiative!

I am very grateful that, in the first month and a half of FWFblog, we’ve built a readership and community.  According to WordPress.com’s site statistics, FWF is at over 2000 page views- that’s over 130 views per post.  Thank you for coming to the blog, and especially for coming back.

But I’m not satisfied with a small but growing active readership- I want world domination! a large and growing active readership!

Maybe this cute picture of me and Nicky will persuade you to support the National Fatherhood Initiative

In my day job, I’m a management professor, so I always teach my students about the power of goal-setting and well-aligned incentives.  So, I have set a goal for the blog: 100 readers who follow the FWF through email, Twitter or WordPress by the end of the year.   Right now, we’re at 29, so we have a way to go.

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