Friday, December 30, 2011

Goodbye 2011 - You were a strange and fascinating year

This past year was, indeed, a strange and fascinating year.  There were so many stories that captured our hearts and others that made us say "WTF?"  From crazy weather to lousy economies, from Charlie Sheen to Chaz Bono, from Casey Anothony to Anthony Weiner, from Osama Bin Laden to Elizabeth Taylor, the story lines were all over the map.

Most importantly, for me, is the fact that 2011 was the year that I walked away from a career and chose to be a stay-at-home dad.  I also decided to write about it on this site, and I am so glad to have you along for the ride.  In just under ten months, this little site has had nearly 50,000 page views, over 1,000 Twitter follwers, 100 Facebook "Likes" and many meaningful interactions with you, the readers.  I am so thankful that you choose to read my stories every week.  Thank you for letting me know that I am not alone in this wonderful battle called parenthood.  And lastly, thank you for joining in the discussion about how fathers can reclaim the definitions of dad, fatherhood and parenting as their own.

So, without further ado, here is your 2011 Year in Review video from the kind folks at Google Zeitgeist.  The cool thing is that it is based on how people searched in 2011.  Of course, it also doubles as a big sales pitch for Google products, but it is very well done.  Check it out.

If you are a nerd for metrics and a lover of all things search related, you can go to the Google Zeitgeist 2011 site and look at their Top 10 lists.  Click on a category and use their fancy slider tool to see what the top search trends were during each month of the year.  It's a nifty way to look at the year in review.

Have a safe and happy New Year!

PS - Of course, the folks at Jib Jab have their own take on it.

PPS -  For all of you fellow nerds out there, this is a brief summary of what happened in the world of science this year. Enjoy!


  1. You are to be commended on your choice to be a stay at home Dad. Really enjoyed the google year in review video. Are you using google+? Haven't made it there yet. Is it worth my time to join that bandwagon? Congrats on your success with The Real Matt Daddy. Consider going to Blissdom this year. The Dad bloggers need to be represented. ;) Happy Tuesday!

  2. Thanks for following! I do have a G+ account, but I don't use it that often. I am connected with a bunch of at-home dads on there. The other thing that it is great for is the Hangout. It's like a giant video chat for up to 10 people. It is catching on. I saw an article that membership is approaching 400,000. I did some research on Blissdom. It looks fun. I love Nashville, and I have a few friends that live there. Unfortunately, I don't have $200 to spend on a conference, so unless I am invited as a speaker, I won't be attending any blog conferences this year. I do plan to attend the At Home Dad Convention in DC in August. I will write about that more regularly when it gets closer. Thanks for stopping by!



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