For me, the coolest thing about blogging is the sense of community. As most of you know, I originally started this site mainly to try and find a group of like-minded fathers who were dealing with modern issues of parenting. As time went on, I found myself connecting with all kinds of parents (dads, moms, dads who wanted to be moms, moms living with other moms, etc.) Eventually, this community grew even wider and began to include many people who were not even parents but who shared either my interests or my strange sense of humor.
That's the beauty of the internet.
Online, you can find people who not only share your own interests but also might even share your bizarre idiosyncrasies. In fact, it's safe to say that, these days, you can find pretty much anything online. Interested in the afterlife? Well, then, sell your soul and send out your last-emails. Sick of traditional holidays? Celebrate Steak & a Blowjob Day instead. Or maybe you want to spend your days looking at the world's cutest photos? Or how about Dwight Schrute's "Lost" theory? And do I even want to mention the video of the infamous breast-feeding cat?
Anyway, as usual, I digress. Like I was saying...blogging, for me, is about community. And although I'm a 37-year old man, husband, father and friend, I can't escape the fact that I'm also Asian-American. It's not only an important part of who I am and something I'm proud of but it's also an important aspect of raising my daughter. I want her to grow up being proud of her Asian background yet assimilated with the world around her. I want her to celebrate her ethnicity but also respect the amazing diversity of the people around her. And, above all, I want her to grow up with a philosophy and culture of inclusiveness, rather than one of separatism or xenophobia.
So, because this is one of the many things I think about as my wife and I raise our tiny, little girl, I'm proud to announce that I've joined a group of fellow Asian-American fathers in starting a new blog. It's called Rice Daddies.
The two tag lines we've been using on the site are "the kind of guys Amy Tan doesn't write about" and "the Asian dads you wish you had." I think that might give you a general idea of what kind of attitude the blog will have. And while we'll be discussing many aspects related to race and parenting, the site is hardly restricted to those topics. Whether you're white, yellow, brown, black, or green...I think you'll find that a lot of the issues being discussed are relevant to all of us.
(As for regular MetroDad posts, thanks for all your concerned e-mails about my week-long absence from blogging! I'm ok. I didn't fall under anything heavy. BossLady and I were down in Florida all week with the MetroGrandparents and we spent most of our time teaching the Peanut how not to eat sand, poke jellyfish or stare at old people. Whatever free time we had was used teaching my parents repeatedly how to use their VERY FIRST MICROWAVE! More posts to come during the week! Thanks again for your concerns!)