New Post on Dad-o-Matic – “Ward Cleaver Did Us Wrong”

I’ve joined Chris Brogan’s group Dad blog at and my first post is up.  

Dadomatic itself is an interesting effort, as Chris has brought together a very intersting group of dads to cover a range of topics.  Personally, I’m looking forward to bringing the voice of the regular down to earth dad.  Anyone can tell you that while I may try my hardest, I’m no Super Dad.  

This post actually starts off by attacking the myth of the Super Dad:

As much as I’d love to think I’m Ward Cleaver, dressed ever so nattily in a wool suit, pipe clenched lightly in my lips as I prepare to pass judgement on the Beaver’s latest antics, I’m not.  Unfortunately, in my heart, I suspect I bear a closer resemblance to a certain donut loving animated character, and I’m betting a lot of you are do as well.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

The True Gold of Blogging – Link Relevance

Throughout new media, we keep hearing one term over and over again: relevance.  The ad networks seek to provide relevant ads, we try to provide relevant content, we all seek relevent metrics to judge our success.

Merriam-Webster defines relevance as:

1 a: relation to the matter at hand b: practical and especially social applicability : pertinence <giving relevance to college courses>2: the ability (as of an information retrieval system) to retrieve material that satisfies the needs of the user

Many of the links we get aren’t really relevant.  This morning I had a few that were caught by Akismet from various sploggers where they had automatically grabbed my summary and posted to the site with a link back.  Basically they’re running a low value Google Adsense farm.  You might want to occassionally look at those links though, as just this week one of the sites I work with had to send a DMCA take down notice to a splogger who was copying their material wholesale (legally, I am told we lose our copyright if we don’t protect our copyright).

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