I started Mormon Daddy Blogs in February of this year. It grew out of a feeling that perhaps the Mormon dads who blog from time to time could benefit from a greater sense of community enjoyed by our fairer counterparts in the blogosphere.
And judging by the response MDB received right out of the gate, it became clear that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way. In the early days, I had to work hard to find enough MDBers to follow and feature on these pages. But steadily the list grew from a fledgling couple of handfuls to more than 100. And the frequency of postings on blogs likewise seemed to grow. As we discovered and began to follow one another, there seemed to be a greater sense of community. Bloggers let me know that the number of hits on their sites after being featured on MDB grew. And though we are still seriously outnumbered by our better halves in the blogging world, our own community doesn’t seem as fledgling anymore.
I like to think MDB has played at least some part in that.
I still believe there is value in nurturing our once-fledgling MDB community that has graduated maybe to adolescence. That said, you may have noticed in recent weeks a decline in activity on these pages. That is not due to a decline in my interest in keeping these pages current. However, two large projects arose in my day-job life that have consumed many of my waking hours (and even quite a few of my dreaming hours). These are good projects for which I am grateful. But I’m sad about what their impact has been on these pages.
I had never envisioned MDB as a solo project. I believe that a broader pool of editors would not only lighten the workload of each, but would make for a healthier, more diverse site. But I haven’t quite figured out how to find them.
Hence, this letter.
I’m hopeful there are other souls out there who have some writing experience, who likewise see the benefit of nurturing the MDB community, and could find an hour or so a week to put toward this project.
You should know up front that the MDB project at this stage is solely a labor of love. But if you find value in MDB and feel you could participate, I invite you to drop me a line at email@example.com and tell me a little bit about you. I’ll give you some more specifics of what’s involved, and you can tell me if you think that sounds like it would work, and we can take it from there.
One of the great spin-off benefits of the MDB journey has been to get to know (in an ethernet sort of way, at least) so many of you as I follow your blogs looking for items to include. You’re a decent bunch of fellows, and it’s reassuring to know that with all the junk that’s out there on the internet, there are those from our community who are seeking to offer some engaging counter programming that is worth reading.
I look forward to seeing that connection between this network of bloggers continue.