GeekDad’s 2nd Anniversary – Russ Neumeier’s Story

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Russn2_3Why I wanted to be part of GeekDad: I had been following GeekDad in my RSS feed since mid-March
2007, and when I saw Chris Anderson’s "GeekDads Wanted" post, I decided what-the-heck….I want to write professionally, and while I’m not the geekiest Dad in the bunch… I sent Chris an email entitled "GeekDad blogger wannabee" (I’ve still got the email…)- where I explained my family, my background, and the (geeky) things I wanted to do with my kids… Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Chris saying "…whose applications were so delightful, intriguing or just plain geeky that we couldn’t say no…"

One of those was me. I’d blogged inside a corporate firewall for a bit less than a year – but I was chosen and it’s been an amazing journey since…my primary motivation in writing for GeekDad is that I would do many/most of the things I wrote about with my kids. It’s been a challenge, but I’ve loved the nearly two years I’ve been a part of this team. Are there more-geeky Dads than me? Yes, absolutely.  I’m humbled and privileged to be part of this group.

My favorite GeekDad post has to be my Crazy (real-life) Wii Tech-Support Call. Why? It was my first post that hit the "big time"…but more importantly, it was me – as a GeekDad – unable to fix my problem and the solution was so outrageous that I HAD to share it. It got picked up by some of the big blogs and – even to this day – the post continues to get comments from people all around the world who have tried the fix I documented, saving them from buying a new Wiimote (the last comment I received is dated 08 March 2009).  While Nintendo is probably upset that fewer Wiimotes are being purchased, I’m guessing I’ve also saved them many tech-support calls.  So, Nintendo, if you’re reading this…you’re welcome. :-)

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