Friday, June 18, 2010

A blog for parents who telecommute

Before you get too excited about this glorious new blog I've created, here are some questions you should ask yourself:
  • Do I telecommute?
  • Am I a parent?
  • Am I interested in telecommuting?
  • Am I interested in making babies (or at least raising them)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this blog may be for you. If you answered maybe to any of these questions, this blog may also be for you. If you answered no but are still reading this post, then you might as well stick around, because you don't have anything better to do.

Since this is the introductory post, I guess I should answer a few obvious questions.

Why this blog?
Recently, I was looking for information on telecommuting parenting issues, and I found a few random articles, but not much else. There was an obvious void, and it only takes literally less than 2 minutes to create a blogger account, so I decided to take the iniative and start filling that void.

There are a lot of issues facing telecommuting parents. After all, telecommuters have to deal with several issues--from staying on task to figuring out how to quit working (yes, that can become an issue). And then, parents have their issues--from dealing with summer break to keeping the kids happy, healthy and inspired.

If you add telecommuting and parenting together, it creates a whole new dynamic. Should the kids be in day care or not in day care? If not day care, how do I juggle kids and conference calls? How do I stay on task while changing diapers and helping with homework? When do I get to go outside? And so on...

This blog will hopefully deal with all these issues over time and more. I've got some great ideas on where to take things, but one method that has always served me well is to just let projects take me where they'll take me. So, let's see where this takes us.

Who am I?
If you're sold on the idea of the blog, you may still wonder why I am tackling this subject. So, here's a little about me. My name is Robert, and I have a wonderful (second) wife named Tammy. Between us (I'm also her second husband), we have four amazing little boys between the ages of one and eight. Also, I've been telecommuting for nearly two years as an editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community.

So, I have a good understanding of both parenting and telecommuting (though I'm always learning more). One of my hopes is that this blog may help bring more telecommuting parents together, so that we can share tips, tricks, etc.

What's next?
I have sort of an outline of how I'd like to proceed with this blog. I think I'm going to shoot for at least two posts a week and just see what happens. It's a strategy that has worked well for me over the years.

Also, I encourage communication. If you have a topic you'd like to see covered, please leave a comment. I'll be reading them and will try to make sure this blog is as helpful as possible to other telecommuting parents like myself.

Interviews and guest posts
By the way, if you're a telecommuting parent who'd be interested in either an interview or guest post, please send me an e-mail at with the subject line: I'm a Telecommuting Parent

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