Blogging Isn’t Dead. It Isn’t Even Sick.

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You’ll notice that one of this week’s Porchlight Posts is presented not so much as a full meal as 17 mini-courses, served up on Twitter by our friend and frequent Summit contributor John Kinnear. They tell a story about the terrible accident that launched his fear of drowning, and how he paces nervously while his tweens learn to swim.

The writing is brilliant and confessional, textually sparse but abundant with emotion. More importantly, it’s a story told by a man compelled to tell it, and people are responding to it.

Blogging was a revolution way back in the 1900s because it was collaborative. Conversational and confrontational. And to those who believe we spend more time confronting than conversing, remember that drama is conflict, and conflict sells.

One of most pervasive and misguided assertions is that “blogging is dead,” because the way we define blogging constantly shifts. Long-form posts have shrunk with our attention spans, and the third-party platforms we used to use to share and promote our work have gobbled up our social traffic.

But while the delivery systems are changing, the stories persist. Today is far more audio/visual, and images are still worth 1,000 words (or in some cases, 5,000). And our Porchlight Posts, which attempt to curate works from all of the above, are evolving with the times.

So, yeah. John’s Porchlight Post doesn’t follow the Online Content Protocols. It doesn’t have a related image, or even a title. But it’s great read, quick and compelling, and it’s inspiring conversation about the variegated experience of fatherhood. If this is what qualifies as long-form blogging in 2019, sign us up.

IN THE NEWS

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If you’re raising a small kid, get to know the power (and nascent development) of the prefrontal cortex.

“We claim to have escaped the stereotype of the stay-at-home mom and the dad who is never around. But if the mom as the breadwinner is no longer so out of the ordinary, why is it a thing people often call me?” – Aimee Christian

“We’ll be like ‘Kids, we’re going to show you a movie!‘, and they’re like ‘Great, what misogynistic, racist movie are you showing us today?’” – Fred Savage

“To have my boys and my wife look at me and know that I’m doing something for the world, it means a lot. It’s an honor.” – Donte Palmer

Since becoming a parent, have you been able to maintain friendships with your child-free pals?

Kids cursing? What the @#!% can you do about it?

Parents, do you ever read children’s books for your own enjoyment/well-being? If you don’t, perhaps you should.

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

‘GRAM OF THE WEEK

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