I don't know how moms travel to blogging conferences and I don't know how dads do it. I've been to the movies four times since my boy was born four years ago. Looking back, though, the Dad 2.0 Summit Doug co-founded, and which has just ended, looks like it would have been worth it. And it looks like everyone I've ever talked to on Twitter was speaking, too. Which is nice. And the Huggies people, once they realized they were not only getting themselves in trouble with parents, but actually doing that while a blogging dads' conference was happening, knew they had to fly in and make amends. Which in turn, gave the conference the extra boost of publicity that will carry it on until next year, and hopefully help it grow.
However, beyond the summits and the promotions and the sponsoring and the organizing, Doug (aka Laid-Off Dad, aka LOD) has a cool, very unassuming blog about whatever (but also about life as a single dad, sharing custody of his kids). Before blog sponsors and blog conferences, and before the irrelevant drama of Top-100-Bloggers lists on Babble, blogs like Laid-Off Dad were the reason I started reading blogs--they were our personal spaces, our own literary journals (where anything goes as long as it talks to others and as long as it's honest). Doug's focus on the blog is always the story, and always the truth, no matter how simple or how complicated it turns out to be.