The Military Dad Week in Review for November 6th

This was my first full week blogging as Military Dad. I really enjoy it, and I’m glad that I started the site. I’ve decided that my Sunday posts are going to be a wrap up of the last week. I want to do this for a couple reasons. First, I think it’s healthy to look back at what was. Second, it will give those readers that missed some of the posts a chance to go back if they so desire. It’s also because Sunday is for family, and I should be able to put the reviews together pretty quickly, so I can spend the rest of the day with the wife and kids.

I have blogged before (more on that in the future), but it was in a very controlled and structured environment. While I love the freedom that his blog gives me, there are some drawbacks. Maintaining the website myself is a major issue for me. I am, by no means, a programmer. HTML is a completely foreign language to me. I normally drive ships for a living and have a bachelor’s degree in history, so this is drastically different from the norm. I am learning, however, and I’m hoping to put the skills to use in the future. Currently, I’m just using one of the provided themes from the Tumblr site, but I should be able to make something pretty original in the future. If you’ve seen the site change a couple times this week, it’s because I was having problems with the theme I was using. Basically, I couldn’t see comments that other people were making. After trying everything else, I switched to the current theme where everything works fine, so it looks like their was some sort of disagreement between Disqus and the past theme. I’m still not super happy with the way the site looks, but at least it’s stable. There are some things that I absolutely love about Tumblr, but there are some things that vex me as well. Overall, however, it’s been a very pleasant experience. (My son has just woken up, and he is now sitting on my lap as I write this. It’s just part of the awesomeness of fatherhood)

In related news, my awesome, talented, and insanely beautiful wife is currently working on a logo of sorts for the Military Dad site (that I will also use for facebook and twitter profile pics). I’m currently using a generic picture of the Lone Sailor, so I would like something more specialized. While I love the Lone Sailor, and it’s one of my favorite monuments, it doesn’t really make sense for a blog about a military family anyway. My wife is still in the concept phase, but I can already tell that it’s gonna be awesome.

This was also my first week using Twitter which I know will blow some minds. It’s just not a platform that I’ve been interested in before. As I try to become a part of the dad blog community, however, I wanted to use every tool available to me. Overall, I really like it. It’s incredibly usable. I’m a little amazed at the things that people want to tweet about, but I’m glad I signed up. I also have a Military Dad facebook page up and running.

Speaking of the dad blog community, I am amazed at how many there are and how incredibly talented they are. Before I started this blog, I did a little research into how big the community was, and let me tell you that Google does not do these guys justice. I think this was my favorite post of the week. It’s from the “Luke, I am your Father” blog. I’ll try to showcase my favorite posts each week from the other great dad blogs out there.

As far as the family goes, this was a pretty good week. I’ve been travelling quite a bit over the past couple months, so it was good to be home for the whole week. We weren’t able to do anything major because everyone (with the exception of me) got sick at some point. My son didn’t get it too bad, but both my wife and out daughter got hit pretty hard. Assuming that everyone is feeling better today, however, we are going to take a road trip to either Julian or the Salton Sea. My mother (whom I will probably start referring to as “Military Gramma” in this blog) is also staying with us. I will probably write about that more in the future, but it’s awesome to have her here. She is certainly a major part of this family, so it would be very rude to leave her out of the conversation.

With all that being said, the posts from the last week are below. Thank you so much for reading this week. So far, the audience is small, but it is growing, so I am thankful for all the word of mouth. To be honest, if only one person reads my blog, I would still be incredibly grateful. Thank you and have a great week.

Halloween at Home – This was a post about how awesome it is to be home for the holidays when you’re in the military and why I’m particularly partial to Halloween.

Cute Conversation – This was just a really short account of a conversation that I had with my daughter.

The Awesomeness of Peanut Butter and Jelly – This was a post about the greatest food in the history of the world.

How Did I Become a Fake Swearer? – This was my humorous story about my evolution from 4-letter word expert to master of the G-Rated curse.

Why Do I Know What an Aglet Is? – This was a post about something that bothered me for about 3 days straight.

Always on the Move – This was a post about one of the harder parts about being a family in the military.

The Return of Good Cartoons – This was a post about what I see as a very positive trend for future kids.

Also on Saturday, an excerpt from my post on fake swearing was featured in The Fatherload. It’s a collection of some of the best daddy blog posts from the past week. If you get a chance, take a look through it because all of the posts are brilliant. I’m currently working on another piece for next week’s edition about Veteran’s Day.

Thank you for visiting, and I sincerely hope that you have a great week.

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