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On Being A Father – To Blog or Not To Blog

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Mommy/Daddy Bloggers – More of one than the other?

So, I read a lot online. From technology to current events to parenting sites. What I’ve noticed about the last topic, parenting sites, is that there seems to be more “Mommy Bloggers” than “Daddy Bloggers” out there. I know the roles are different. Often, especially in the past, the mother tends to be the nurturing one and the dad is the disciplinarian/work-a-holic. But this has changed drastically over the years.

Now, I know there are lots of “daddy bloggers” out there, but for some reason, they don’t surface nearly as much as the “mommy bloggers.” Maybe the mommy’s are better at SEO? Maybe it’s who I’m following? Who knows. It could be that, women, tend to be more outgoing and want to share more? That’s definitely not the case in my house. I’m the sharing, outgoing one. My wife is still awesome and very social, but much more reserved than me.

My thoughts on being daddy to my little guy

Kid in airplane at airportMy wife and I have an amazing, spunky, sassy, amazing 3-year-old little boy. He’s truly my “mini-me” personality and everything (yes, my wife deserves a medal). Everyday is a new adventure. He’s growing up quickly and we have to constantly adapt, to his changing needs and growing independence. This is much easier for my wife, but I’m adapting slowly.

Both my wife and I are hard workers. And most of time, I’m the daycare dad, who drops the kiddo off and picks him up. I usually get dinner ready for my tired wife. I bathe the little critter and help with bed time. I love being active in raising my little guy.

I’ve often thought about starting a blog, or a section on this site, about my experiences. The more I think about it, the more I realize that my struggles, challenges, and triumphs with my little guy are similar to many other dads and parents. So my plans to create a blog dedicated to just fatherhood/parenthood will probably never come about. Though, the idea of blogging occasionally about my experiences intrigues me.

What are your thoughts on the whole “parent blogging” arena? Do you blog about your experiences as a parent? Do you read a lot of these blogs? Tell me your experiences in the comments.

 

 

 

 

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Google Image Search – A Cautionary Tale Of Finding And Using Images Online

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This hasn’t been the first time I’ve gotten an email like this, but hopefully it’ll be the last.

About a month ago, the copyright compliance department at Getty Images wrote me an email and sent a letter claiming that one of the images that they represent was being used on my blog illegally. Not knowing what they were talking about, afterall most if not all my images are either mine or purchased royalty-free, I queried back. Apparently I had taken a photo from Google Image Search and used it in a blog post.

Don’t Rely On Google Image Search For Free Images. EVER!

When I use Google Image search I always use the advanced tools to make sure the image is clear for reuse. Apparently that’s not reliable.

According to my lawyer and searches around the web, Getty is notorious for planting images in the hopes of catching and cashing in on people using their images illegally.

Now, I’m not going after them for trying to protect their copyright on images. I’m not even complaining about their tactics, though they’re a bit scummy. What I’m upset with is their assertion of how much an image is worth and their retroactive demand that you take down the image and still pay a fine. The image I “used illegally” was of two people shaking hands at an event. It was clearly staged and unremarkable. But when searching on the Getty site it came back with a huge pricetag. I took it upon myself to look for similar images, including on, Getty-owned, iStockPhoto. Similar images were around $33 USD.

According to Sam Brown (not sure if that’s his actual name), who works in the compliance department at Getty, if you use an image from the non-royalty-free Getty catalog, you are actually renting the image and have to pay a reoccuring fee if you intend on using the image.

Good to know.

I’m not claiming innocence here. They caught me. And as March 4, 2016, I paid the $249 USD, to make Getty go away.

Heed This Warning And The Alternatives

I want this post to be a public service to everyone out there to be careful where you get your images. When in doubt go to iStockPhoto.com (royalty-free), Pond5.com (royalty-free), or any other royalty-free places and buy an image. If buying an image isn’t in the cards, take your own or go to sites like Pixabay.com and get a free one. But keep in mind, even this is risky, because even if it’s “free” and in the public domain, there is no guarentee of this. Proceed at your own risk.

Why Not Fight?

Well you can. And I’m not saying don’t. But there tons of articles on the Web that pro-port on how to get out of paying the fine. I tried a few with no avail. In the end, just be careful and keep things legal.

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The Power of Blogging

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Blogging can at times be a tedious task. It can be a real bear when ideas for topics don’t come easily.

Yet even with the clear obstacles, there is a power to blogging, which no other Social Media platform can’t provide.

  • You own and control your content.
  • You own the discussion.
  • You control the conversion funnel.
  • You control the look and feel.
  • The Search Engines give you the ranking not the 3rd party platform.

These are just some of the powers of blogging.

When you blog, you create a brand for yourself. You show people who you are and what you’re about.

On the Web, people often forget that Social Media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and even blogging platforms like Medium.com are not controlled by the users, instead the control lies with the platform. They are rented properties.

Granted the aforementioned sites have great built in audiences, but they are still rented, not owned or controlled by the end-users. The value rests and ends with the network.

There are some solutions that increase the power of blogging. They include using 3rd party sites and their built in audience.

  • Blog on your site.
  • Repost on Medium, LinkedIn and/or Facebook Notes.
  • Always provide a link at the top back to to the original source (your blog).
  • Have a call to action at the bottom of all cross-posted pieces, so that people can find value in connecting with you further and even going back to your site.

What does the power of blogging mean to you? How do you use your blog to benefit you? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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WordPress.com the other Medium.com?

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With the new WordPress.com and Calypso, I’m noticing something I haven’t before. WordPress.com is really the other Medium.com. There is a vibrant community on the system and with Calypso and the new WordPress.com, it’s easier than ever to dive in and read some great stuff.

Being a Web designer and only using self-hosted WordPress, I’ve never noticed how neat the “Dot Com” actually is.*

When a visitor goes to WordPress.com, either via the desktop or mobile app or the Website, they can use it as a reader to discover great content and also to publish to their various WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites.

One thing I have noticed is that on the mobile app on Android, you can only post to Dot Com blogs, not to the self-hosted version. I’m sure this will be changing (I hope. Hint, hint!).

Have you explored WordPress.com lately? If not, check it out.

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Footnote:

*Wordpress.com is owned by Automattic, Matt Mullenweg‘s company (Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress). It takes the blogging software, that is self-hosted, farther and hosts it for the user and makes getting your content online easy. WordPress.org is the self-hosted version that is run by the WordPress Foundation. It, along with Dot Com, run close to 25% of the Internet’s Websites. 

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Writing Quite A Bit Over At GeeksLife.com

I am writing regularly at GeeksLife.com

As you might have noticed, I haven’t published a post here in a while. That’s because I’ve been asked to write over at GeeksLife.com, the new site run by Luria Petrucci (formerly known as Cali Lewis). You can view my posts by going here: http://geekslife.com/author/phillycodehound/ and consider joining the great community by clicking here. I my articles come out every Wednesday around 2pm. So be sure to watch for a post from me about the latest article.

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Location, Location, Location – Where To Post Your Content

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This post originally appeared on LinkedIn

With the growth of a blogging platform on LinkedIn, and services like Medium that offer alternative place to write and share your insights besides your blog, it is apparent that content marketing, writing, and sharing one’s wisdom is here to stay. The question, for me at least, is where is the best place to post your content? Do you post it on one of these third party sites, do you post it on your blog, or do you post it on both (albeit with proper attribution to where it first appeared with a link)? I’m not sure if I have a clear cut answer for you.

Here are some positives to posting on Medium, LinkedIn and similar services:

  1. You don’t have to worry about setting up and maintaining a blog
  2. You have a built in audience
  3. You often get more engagement

Here are some negatives:

  1. You lose some control on how your content is shared and used
  2. You are giving your content to a third party party on a service that you don’t have complete control over
  3. You can’t always export your content
  4. It’s harder to control the sales/lead funnel

What do you think? Did I miss some positives? Did I miss some negatives? Post them in the comments.

Oh and it’s not lost on me that I’m posting this on LinkedIn.

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Seth Goldstein is the founder of PhillyTech.org Netcast Network. PhillyTech.org is an audio/video podcast network focusing on the technology and startup scene in and around the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania region. You can contact Seth on Twitter@sethgoldstein or @phillytech_org or via email Seth[At]PhillyTech[Dot]org.