This week, hundreds (hopefully thousands someday, somewhere) of dads will converge on Washington D.C. Many of us will share with each other our two passions, being a father and blogging.

I don’t remember being this excited about something. In fact I look back and I wasn’t even this excited about the day I asked my wife to marry me let alone our wedding day. To set the record straight, I wasn’t excited because I was too happy. I was too happy knowing that I was marrying the woman I loved more than anything. I hope that it makes this clear as mud. Not excited but happy knowing I would be spending my entire life with her.

That love eventually started a family which ended up starting The Rookie Dad. And in doing what I like to do, I like to give my wife all the credit because if she didn’t marry me, we wouldn’t have had the Rookie and be where I am at today. Which means, I probably wouldn’t have the incredible opportunity to attend the Dad 2.0 Summit. Let’s be honest, if it wasn’t for her, none of this could have happened.

This week, hundreds (hopefully thousands someday, somewhere) of dads will converge on Washington D.C. Many of us will share with each other our two passions, being a father and blogging. In that order too. We are fathers first and bloggers second. I sit here writing this, down in our basement with our son sleeping in his bed making sure that my parenting duties are done for the most part before I get to the blog. There are some of us who have been able to make a living off blogging, which I hear is really difficult to do. But that is something that Dad 2.0 could help us out with.

Dad 2.0
Courtesy Dad 2.0 Summit

As mentioned before, this is my first time attending Dad 2.0. In fact, this is the first time that I am going to a conference that isn’t work related. So I feel sort of out of my element. I’m not an overly outgoing guy so approaching many of these guys will seem some what difficult and I’ll feel uncomfortable. In fact, my inner introvert is already sending those nervous thoughts to my head and nearly scaring me into not going, which I know there is no way I am not going. I guess what I have going for me is that I know many of these dads through the great community that is the dad bloggers. Which will help at least start the conversation.

Some of these dads, it will be their first time too. Many of which I have already been speaking to quite a bit and building a friendship with, which will hopefully make things easier for me and calming that inner introvert that is already screaming at me for this.

I’ve been to many conferences already, but on business. and quite honestly, I don’t know how to prepare myself for a conference of this nature. I don’t even know how to pack for it. I am wondering how to pack to go somewhere that you will get so much swag that you should have just booked the entire Boeing 737 that I’ll be flying home in. I’ve tossed around the idea of packing an extra duffle bag in my luggage just for this sort of deal. It isn’t like I’m not going to have the space. I’m a light packer.

But for some reason, this is where I am at a loss. Having never been to something like this, I have no idea how to prepare except that I should wear comfortable shoes and take one pair of underwear to save room.

I’d like to give Whit Honea credit for giving us first timers this advice on how to pack. 

This is where I am asking many of you who have done something like this, how do I break out of my introvert shell and feel comfortable walking up to people and striking up a conversation with people I only know from online?

How do I pack for a trip that could potentially lead to me coming home with more than I went with? How do I know which sessions to attend? How will I be able to soak in all that is Dad 2.0?

Feature Image Courtesy of The Full Routly


  1. Jonathan Ervine February 15, 2016 at 2:21 PM

    I enjoyed reading this and look forward to hearing more about Dad 2.0. As a dad blogger living in the UK I’m unlikely to ever be able to attend the event, but it’s fantastic to hear about its existence and the great activities it involves.

    1. The Rookie Dad February 15, 2016 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks Jonathan! Next year, I would encourage you to apply for an Oren Miller Grant. It is how I’m able to attend this year and it is my hope to contribute to it so more dads like you can attend.

  2. Whit Honea February 16, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    You’ll be fine! And there will be a “what to pack” post on the site tomorrow—also, attend my intro for new attendees on Thursday afternoon! Lastly, you may want to bring a second pair of underwear, just in case.

    1. The Rookie Dad February 16, 2016 at 9:47 PM

      Thanks Whit! I’m extremely excited to meet everyone. I’ll be at your intro session Thursday. I can’t wait.

  3. Rob Ainbinder March 9, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Glad we got to meet up and chat IRL. Did you wind up packing a second pair of underwear? Hopefully you did.


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