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Social Media Dad, Mark Dykeman From Broadcasting Brain

7 Comments 16 April 2008

This guest post comes from Mark Dykeman - Mark is the founding father of the Broadcasting Brain Blog, and the first in our series of Social Media Dads.

Social Media Dad, am I?

I have great respect for moms who maintain a household, a job, various relationships and obligations, and then manage to make their mark in social media. Kristen Munson aka Social Media Mom and Shana Albert aka TheNanny612, in addition to being great contacts and, dare I say it, friends, are social media powerhouses. For that matter, all five ladies profiled in Kristen’s recent top 5 social media moms post are all awesome on multiple levels.

Here on the Y side of the chromosome pairing, there are a lot of great dads, or dads who are great, who are kicking up a storm in social media. I couldn’t even begin to rank them – it’s too darn hard and there are too many, just like Kristen’s list is woefully incomplete.

I talk a lot about being a “broadcasting brain” (as we all are), but the fact is that I’m also a husband and a father. In addition to have a strong, level-headed, and wonderful wife, I have two bright and charming kids: a boy and a girl. I’m very happy to have one child of each sex because it broadens the experiences that you have as a parent. It’s kind of like being in the Peace Corps: “the toughest job you’ll ever love.”

There’s no doubt that being both a husband and a parent has helped my writing by giving me a broader pool of experiences to draw upon. I’ve used the occasional personal anecdote in speeches, articles, blog posts, you name it.

But, with all due respect to Kristen and all of these other great bloggers, I define myself a bit differently. I use social media and I try to use the things that I learn in social media in other parts of my life, but it doesn’t define me. In fact, the lessons I’ve learned as a family man have no doubt influenced what I write about and how I write.

I do love social media, but it doesn’t rule my life. Some people might want to incorporate social media into their identity, but I’m content to make it a less prominent part of my life.

Instead of being known as a good social media dad, I’d much rather be known as a good dad who uses social media. If I don’t get the “dad” part right, then the “social media” part doesn’t mean anything at all. It’s hard to balance the desires of an avocation with the needs of parenthood at times, but I do think it’s important for me to have a foothold in both roles.

Social media dad, am I?
Yes, I am. But I try hard not to forget that it’s the “dad” part that matters most.

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  1. Derek says:

    That is a very good point about the “dad” part being the most important aspect of being a social media dad. This ties in with a post that I just published about how it starts with being a good man, which sets the foundation to being a good husband and then a good dad.

    Thanks for the mention as well. :)

  2. My love and appreciation for the social media parenting community just grows all of the time. Great post!

    Also, thank you, thank you, thank you for linking to the new site - We need all the links we can get! 😉

  3. socialmediamom says:

    Derek & Wendy ~ You are so right about the social media parenting community growing by leaps and bounds and Mark is a perfect example of one who is handling both quite well. Thanks for coming by and I love everything you’ve done with re-brand. Just Fabulous.

  4. Mark Dykeman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity, Social Media Mom!

  5. Carol says:

    It’s always nice to see when someone has their priorities straight!


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