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Dad 2.0 Summit Happens This Week!

The week of the first ever Dad 2.0 Summit has finally arrived! Dads (and quite a few moms) will be descending on Austin, Texas (along with the South by Southwest Interactive crowd!) to enjoy the first conference designed specifically for blogging dads.

Created by the team behind the Mom 2.0 Summit and organized by Doug French of Laid Off Dad, this unique conference is offering up a truly unique format and platforms for dads. Not only will they tackle issues unique to the dad blogging community, but they will be exploring the challenging intersection of mom blogging and dad blogging, as well as other issues that surface in our combined communities.

On their about page, the Dad 2.0 Summits states:

More men are defying stereotypes by taking active roles in their children’s lives, making day-to-day household purchasing decisions regarding products and services, and chronicling these experiences online. The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, as well as an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality contentbuild personal brands, and develop viable business models.

The conference is focusing on a mere dozen panel discussions, and the topics look enticing and, frankly, make me wish both that I could attend this conference and that some conferences for mom bloggers would offer up the same kind of meaty content. You can review the panel discussions here, and highlights (in my opinion) include “Know Your Audience: Gender Politics, Role Reversals, and What Men Read,” “Masculinity and the Freedom to Self-Define” and “Embrace the Longview.”

Speakers include well-known dad bloggers such as Jason Avant of Dadcentric, Charlie Capen of How to Be a Dad, and Jim Lin of Busy Dad. You’ll also find a handful of mom bloggers present including Karen of Chookooloonks, Stacy of Filling In The Blanks, and Kristen Chase of Cool Mom Picks.

I’m eager to hear reports from the conference and how it’s received, but I have no doubt that attendees will have a great time and both bring to and get a great deal from the conference. Are you going?

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