Copyblogger Weekly Wrap: Week of March 28, 2011

Copyblogger Weekly Wrap: Week of March 28, 2011

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  1. I wanna see my picture on the cover of the Copyblogger wrap.

    This stinks. I’m in my third game of scrabble with Blog Tyrant, and as usual I’m beating his rear. But he’s gotten his picture on the cover of the Copyblogger weekly wrap, and I haven’t.

    As merciless fate would have it, the one time I do a post on Copyblogger, you guys skip the weekly wrap because it’s SXSW week.

    Next Friday morning I’m publishing an article called “How I got my first BIG client … from Twitter.” The next day I have an epic post going out on Problogger.

    I wanna my picture on the cover of the Copyblogger weekly wrap.

    Thanks Johnny.

    Tell Joseph hi.

  2. >My 6-year-old son has become completely obsessed with playing Super Mario Bros. on our Wii game system.

    I’ve been through this and wish we had put rules in place – and stuck to them – back when the kid was 6 years old. You have the chance to do that now, while the genie is not completely out of the bottle. As one parent to another, I wish you good luck.

      • Haven’t ever thought them through – let alone written them down – but it as long as you’re being uncharacteristically serious, I’ll honor that.

        1) No electronics – PC-based games, mobile apps, handhelds, consoles – until chores and homework are done.
        2) No more than x minutes per schoolday, 2x minutes per weekend/vacation day. If you stick to it, you get x additional minutes one day a week.
        3) I don’t give a damn where you are in the level, you get a 5-minute warning, and when the timer goes off, you turn it off or I cut the power, whether you’ve saved or not. (You might not need to phrase it quite that way, but this is a very important line in the sand I wish we’d drawn.)
        4) Handhelds live on the bookshelf in the living room. That way, I know where they are and you know where they are.

        Mind you, I’ve never gotten into electronic games myself, so for gamer-parents these rules may seem anachronistic and Draconian. (And futile, for that matter.) I would guess that every family can work this out within its own culture.

        Anybody with any sense will tell you that, deep down, the kids really do want rules. If you want your kid to have control over his behavior around something as tempting as gaming, would you rather help instill that sense of control yourself, or would you rely on the kindness of Nintendo’s app developers?

        Don’t get me started. This is Copyblogger, not a parenting blog.

        Keep up the good work, Dad.

        • I hear you, man… thanks for the thoughts. We’ve got some of this in place and I’m finding my way on the rest. I have to find my own line where I think that fun things shouldn’t be bad by default… but that it’s sensible to have limits on anything.

  3. What if it’s my wife that’s completely obsessed with Mario? Sometimes she’ll stay up until 1 or 2 am playing…..

    At least she doesn’t do it as much now that she has a full time job and has to get up at 6:30 like me!

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