The First Post on a New Blog is Always Awkward

This is my 701st blog post. That seems like a lot, but those posts have been spread out over three different blogs.

The first one I started back in 2007 when it became clear that, as a guy who wrote books and wanted people to buy my books, it was important for me to maintain some kind of web presence other than a static page. So I put together and jumped right in. You can follow that link if you want, but I haven’t updated anything there since May of 2010, when I brought my blog to Beliefnet upon the release of my latest book, O Me of Little Faith. I started a blog with the same name. It was about faith and doubt and questions about religion. I found out a couple weeks ago that my blog was somehow ranked among the Top 50 Christian blogs in the world (after Jesus Needs New PR but ahead of XXXChurch!) using some sort of dubious algorithm, no doubt.


I’m celebrating that head-scratching fact by shutting OMOLF down. Today is my last post there, because I’m trying something new.


I’ve lost my passion for religious blogging, but I’m still very passionate about being a good dad. So why not try something new? I talked to the good folks here at Beliefnet, came up with a hopefully memorable and entirely made-up name that (glorious day) still was available as a .com, and here we are.

What can you expect from Dadequate? I don’t know. We’ll figure it out as we go. Probably lots of links to stuff I think is cool. Maybe some background into some of the creative stuff I try to do with my kids. Less religious stuff. More practical stuff. Interviews with myself, because I like to do that. And interviews with other dads…some well-known and some less well-known.


Anyway, I’m glad I got this introductory post out of the way, because these are like the NO-FLIPS-ALLOWED warnings on trampolines. They’re required by law, apparently, but dumb and generally ignored by everyone.

I hope you’ll bookmark the site, subscribe to the feed, comment when you feel like it and tell your friends about Dadequate.


In the meantime, feel free to introduce yourself by answering these three questions:

1. Are you a dad and/or a parent?

2. Where do you live?

3. How often do you ignore the warning labels on trampolines?


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Jason Boyett

posted June 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

Thanks for buying the books, Tor! I can’t beat Acuff in sales, but I can beat him in price points.

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Tor Constantino

posted June 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

1.) I’m a little-finger-wrapped dad, held captive by two daughters ages 7 and 9 respectively.

2.)Clarksburg, MD by way of Rochester, NY by way of Ber Sheva, Israel.

3.) I’m not really sure what a “Larning Wabel” is, but then again I’m prone to unexplained bouts of dyslexia.

BTW, just took advantage of your End of Days book sale!!! 2 signed books at a price point cheaper than a single copy of Jon Acuff’s “Quitters”? How is that possible šŸ˜‰

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posted June 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

1 – Dad of two beautiful kids
2 – Central PA (aka “middle of no where”)
3 – I try, but my kids remind me of them…

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Nathan Reimer

posted June 6, 2011 at 8:43 pm

1. Proud dad of Boy (9) and Girl (6 going on 16!)
2. Ithaca, NY
3. We don’t have one, but probably would only heed the warnings if mom was around.

I’ve been following you around the blogosphere and twitter and really enjoy your posts. I’m trying to get my own blog off the ground about parenting, cooking, and other things I enjoy.

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Gregory Nelson

posted June 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Hey Jason, I followed you from the first blog to the second so… I suppose I’ll keep it up.

1. Yes, I’m a father of 4. Ages range from 20 months to 13 years.
2. Sacramento California
3. Funny you should ask, my son broke his leg on the trampoline when he was 4. But that didn’t seem to slow him down much. He’s 8 now and sometimes I think about breaking both of his legs, just so I can keep up with him. Was that a Dadequate response?

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matt bortmess

posted June 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

discovered the new blog from — glad to find it!

1. yes – 10 yrs, 7 yrs and 4 yr old twins
2. Rochester, IL
3. my kids wear helmets when they trampoline.

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Travis Thompson

posted June 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Jason, I’m very excited about your new blog. I really appreciate how you make sure to always write about stuff I’m interested, keep it up. šŸ˜‰

1. I have 2 boys: Noah (2) and Joey (4). They’re the best.

2. I live in Seattle but will be moving to Australia later this year to be closer to my wife’s family.

3. I do lots of flips on trampolines. They’re good for the soul.

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posted June 2, 2011 at 7:42 am

1. Yes – 2 kids, Owen (11) and Shannon (8)

2. Columbia, MD

3. Trampolines are dangerous and I would never allow my kids to do anything dangerous. My children leave the house wrapped in bubble wrap.

I buy it in bulk.

At Costco.

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posted June 2, 2011 at 4:48 am

1. Yep. Two boys, ages 4 and 5.
2. Kampala, Uganda
3. Almost daily. We jump on a trampoline with a sign that says “no kids under age six” and “no adults allowed.” Also, we have monkey that occasionally jumps on the trampoline with us. While that is probably not on the warning label, I’m pretty sure it would not be recommended my most trampoline manufacturers.

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posted June 1, 2011 at 5:42 pm

1. yes, of three daughters
2. Fort Worth, TX
3. We don’t have a trampoline but I collect warning labels

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Tommy McGregor

posted June 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

1. Dad of two boys- Webb (5) & Wolf (2)
2. Montgomery, AL
3. We usually tear off warning labels so that we no longer have to ignore them!

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Aaron Manes

posted June 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

1. Are you a dad and/or a parent? I will be in November

2. Where do you live? Nashville, TN

3. How often do you ignore the warning labels on trampolines? Does it count if they are those small trampolines for jazzercize?

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posted June 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

1. Dad of 3 – currently 6,4, & 3
2. North Dallas ‘burbs
3. Haven’t heeded a trampoline warning ever

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posted June 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

1) Not a dad. But I’m getting married in the fall and would love to be an awesome super dad someday.

2) Corvallis, Oregon. Literally the safest city in the country if you don’t like natural disasters.

3) There are warning signs?

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posted June 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

2)Atlanta, GA (Home of THE Tripp and Tyler Comedy Troupe)
3)I’ve never had a trampoline, but one time when I was younger we took a waterbed mattress and filled it with air. There was nothing on the warning label about not doing flips.

I’m glad you started a Dad blog, I think you will be able to have a lot more fun with it.

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posted June 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

1. I’m a father of a 5-year-old boy and an 8-year-old daughter.
2. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada (but I was born in Finland)
3. I never ignore trampoline warning labels. I read them out loud on every bounce.

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Aaron Wilkinson

posted June 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

1. Yes
2. Wilmore, KY (near lexington)
3. There are warning labels?

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posted June 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

1. Indeed (hence the URL)
2. OKC
3. Warning labels?

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posted June 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

(Dang, I always see the typos right after I’ve hit “post”.)

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posted June 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm

1. I neither a father (or a man), nor a parent. But I run a children’s camp, so sometimes it feels like I’m mother between 4 and 45 teenagers and young adults.
2. In the wilderness, outside of Sundre, Alberta, Canada. But I miss living in a city.
3. I didn’t know that trampolines had warnings. I did know that kids’ camps, at least in Canada, need to purchase special, extra insurance if they want to have trampolines on site. We don’t have trampolines. It’s too expensive.

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Ken Grant

posted June 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

Great new blog – looking forward to the thoughts, insights, and discussions –

1. yes, a son graduating high school and a daughter who will be graduating next year

2. Newark, Delaware

3. What are these labels of which you speak?

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posted June 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

1. Proud dad of three grown children (25, 23 and 19)

2. Tallahassee, Florida

3. Eh, I was unaware of any warning labels for our trampoline. The kids still say it was the greatest Christmas gift we ever bought them. Anecdote Warning: I got a little concerned when I heard them all laughing and screaming one day and, when I went out to check on them, discovered they were bouncing their little brother (five at the time) up past the roof line of the house. The little one was in heaven (he was the most athletic of the lot but we didn’t know that at the time) but, alas, I had to put a stop to that practice. I kind of doubt that would have been on the warning sheet anyway.

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posted June 1, 2011 at 9:37 am

1. Yes–with 5 kids (4 adopted, 1 biological).
2. Knoxville, TN
3. Warning labels are for pansies.

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Jason Boyett

posted June 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

For the record:

1. Yes. 11 year-old daughter, 8 year-old son.

2. The Texas Panhandle, where it has forgotten how to rain.

3. We jump three at a time, with water, while performing flips. All three transgressions are cautioned against on various warning labels.

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David N.

posted June 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’m thrilled you’re doing a parenting blog. Way too high a percentage of them are by women for women, and while a ton of them are good, there need to be more parenting sites that account for y chromosomes.

1. Yes.

2. West central Ohio, the least diverse place ever. When we brought our daughter home from Guatemala it noticably adjusted the non-Caucasian population statistics in our town. (I kid. Sort of.)

3. All the time. Did you know they have weight limits and crap? Dumb.

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Russ Nemec

posted June 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

1. Dad of 2 great 11-year-olds (twin boy & girl who don’t even look like brother & sister)
2. Columbia, Maryland
3. Warning labels are to be scoffed at.

Looking forward to a great ride!

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posted June 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

1) dad of 2 wonderful kids
2) zionsville, in, usa
3) trampolines frighten me

Best of luck on your new blog… look forward to many insights… and humor!

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posted June 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

Love the title! And it’s always encouraging to me to see a new dad blog. These are some of my favorites!

1. I’m only an “or parent.”

2. West “by God” Virginia (not to be confused with Virginia)

3. I ignore trampolines. Is that the same thing?

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Ray Hollenbach

posted June 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

If the blog is half as creative as the name, we’re all in for a good ride. Godspeed, Jason!

And Oh:
1. Yes I am
2. “The Irenic Hills of Central Kentucky”
3. All the time.

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