Spotlight on PR

When I started blogging, I looked at other blogs to see what other Daddy (and Mommy) bloggers were doing. One thing that interested me was product reviews. When I worked for a computer magazine, I had the chance to do a few hardware and software reviews and I loved it. The chance to try a new product out, see how good it was and write a balanced article detailing the product’s strengths and weaknesses just appealed to me. Unfortunately, I had no clue how to connect with anyone to start reviewing products.

Enter Tara from Feels Like Home and Adreinne from Adrienne’s House. They have started “Spotlight on PR” to help bloggers connect with PR professionals. I would like to thank both of them for their efforts (as well as my wife for alerting me to this.)

Spotlight on PR

A big welcome to everyone just stopping by from Spotlight on PR. My name is TechyDad. Ok, it’s not really TechyDad, but I prefer to keep a measure of anonymity online. Back in the young and innocent days of the web, I used my real name when posting online. After being married and having two wonderful children, however, I began to question the wisdom of posting my full name and real city of residence all over the place. My wife, TheAngelForever, had started a blog a few years back and kept herself anonymous so I decided to follow suit. Thus, TechyDad was born.

Despite my short time blogging under the TechyDad name, I’m an old-school ‘Net user from way back. I remember using Gopher back in college on my college’s VAX computers. (To those who don’t know what I just said, Gopher was a pre-web information network and VAX were old text-only terminal computers.) I’m a web developer by trade, but also enjoy cooking, photography, gardening, reading, writing and a lot of other eclectic hobbies. As I said before, I’m married to TheAngelForever and we have two wonderful sons. NHL is almost 6 (just 10 days to go as I write this) and JSL is 2.

My blog, like myself, is an eclectic mix. One post may be about a programming project I’m working on. The next might be about a minigolfing trip with NHL. The one after that might be about copyright law and the one following that might be about a new gadget I’m drooling over. To paraphrase Forrest Gump: My blog is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

I’m always interested in new projects and would love to hear from people with ideas for product reviews, interviews or pretty much anything else. You can contact me via e-mail at TechyDad at TechyDad dot com or by using the “Contact Me” link at the top of this page. In addition, you can check out the “About” link for more information about me. (Though, to be honest, I copied a lot of that information into this blog post.) I look forward to starting some interesting conversations.

Skipping a Freeware Friday beat issue

I’m skipping today’s Freeware Friday. It’s not that I’m lacking in freeware. It’s just that I’m busy with other things (more on that later). I don’t want the constant pressure of needing to review a whole new app every week hanging over my head. Since this Freeware Friday thing is quite new, I’m changing it to be once per month instead of every week. This will also let me make the reviews more in-depth instead of a rushed out paragraph describing an application that requires three pages (and accompanying screen shots).

Now onto those other things I spoke of. I don’t want to reveal too much, but I have a Twitter Application that I’ve been working on for a couple of months now. Every time I get close to beta testing it, a new wrinkle appears making the app unsuitable for release. However, I think I’ll finally have all the kinks worked out next week. (*crosses fingers*) When I’m done, I’ll post a link here and I’ll also tweet about it. I might also turn it into something of a contest because, while my app idea is pretty good, my working name for it is bad. So I might run a "Name My Twitter App" contest. (I’m not sure what the prize would be.)

Is This Week In Tweets Useful?

A few weeks ago, I installed the Twitter Tools plugin.  Overall, I like it.  It allows me to connect my Twitter posts with my blog posts and vice versa.  However, I’ve noticed that my "This Week In Tweets" blog posts (which automatically post my previous week’s tweets) are getting too large.  Should I stop those entirely or should I narrow down how many appear per post?  Your suggestions would be appreciated.

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