Dads Round Table is one of the answers to that question.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the #DadsRT project in its very early stages — early enough to be considered a founder. Meaning, some of my fellow founders were kicking around this idea before I was even in the picture (Dad City), and as they got closer to launch realized they needed a big, celebrity name in the dad blogging world and decided to make me an offer I couldn’t refuse. “Would you like to increase the average number of people who read your posts from 15 to 40?”
Yes. Yes I would.
So I joined the boys in forming Dads Round Table and a short time later we launched a website that quickly became a community.
The question posed in the title of this post then became, “Who are you responsible to?”
I’m responsible for the #DadsRT brand as much as I’m also responsible to the Dads Round Table community. The community we’ve built here is something unique and special. It’s a collection of parents, of dads and moms, who come from all different backgrounds, upbringings, and walks of life. Single parents, happily married, unhappily married, divorced. And yet we all come together under this common bond of parenthood and share our experiences so that we might learn from each other. Not only do we help others through these shared experiences, we help ourselves by realizing we aren’t alone in our challenges.
I won’t lie to you, as much as I’ve written articles about my journey through parenthood so that some new parent might sleep a little better knowing they aren’t the first ones to wonder how dinner time turned from this happy part of the night to a necessary evil and test of wills, I’ve learned way more about myself from reading and talking with those in this community about their experiences and challenges.
You want to know yourself better? Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
That’s what I like most about Dads Round Table, I discover so much about myself through you.
But recently I started a new job and have been away from the community because of lack of time and energy. It was hard at first, but to be honest, then it was easy. Not easy because I wanted to be away, easy because being away simply became part of my routine. Family, work, house, and sleep all took precedent and I really don’t blame myself for doing so as much as I simply wish there were more hours in the day and more energy in my tank. Thankfully, things are settling down now and I’m finding the time and energy to get back into the swing of things.
I’m responsible for Dads Round Table and to it’s community and I’m grateful for both.
What are you responsible for?