Behold: Daddy Scratches

About five million years ago, I decided to revamp and relaunch my blog. I swore that the revamping would be done by my wife’s late-April birthday … and then by my mid-May business trip to Los Angeles … and then by my son’s mid-June birthday … and then by my daughter’s mid-July birthday … and then by my late-July vacation … and, lastly, by the time I attended the mid-August New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

Well, three cheers for hours of time alone in a Vegas hotel room.

So, yes, I’m at the expo in Vegas, and today is the final day. After spending most of last night and all of the wee hours of this morning tweaking and writing, I have, at long last, finally launched this goddamn—ahem, I mean delightful—blog.

As explained in the “F.A.Q” section on the “About” page, the bulk of the blog’s content currently comprises entries originally posted at my previous blog’s URL. Sadly, after getting off to an ambitious start, I let that blog die on the vine. But, lo and behold, it has now risen from the ashes in a new and improved—and more anonymous—form.

Yes, I have chosen to maintain my anonymity this time around … not necessarily because I don’t want you to know who I am, but because I’m doing a lot of writing about my family—particularly my children—and I believe they are entitled to some degree of anonymity. Of course, this is a shame, because it prevents me, for example, from coming right out and telling you for just which publication I am employed as a music journalist and podcaster … but, hey, life’s full of trade-offs. (Obviously, a number of you already do know who I am, but I’m not worried about you cats; it’s the rest of the Internet I’m talking to here.)

Wondering why I went with the name “Daddy Scratches”? That, too, is answered in the “F.A.Q.” section on the “About” page.

Interested in some of my greatest hits? Well, there’s the time I almost burned down my kitchen, or the time I couldn’t free my daughter from a bath seat in which she’d become trapped, or the detailed account of my vasectomy (which, in retrospect, is a fairly embarrassing experience to share so openly with the Internet, and is probably another good reason for me to maintain a bit of anonymity; you wouldn’t want me to hold a gem like that back, would you?).

And, in the name-dropping, “Wow, look at me!” column, there are the tales of my adventures with Van Halen and Sammy Hagar, and semi-misadventure with Army of Anyone.

With any luck, some of you will enjoy the blog, leave comments, tell your friends, and keep coming back for more. Should that end up being the case, then let me both thank you for your support and congratulate you on your exceptional good taste.

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  1. Posted August 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see you back, and the blog looks very funky indeed.

  2. Posted August 17, 2008 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, Dan. Feels good to be back in the saddle … funkiness and all. 🙂

  3. Posted August 20, 2008 at 8:55 am | Permalink

    I noticed that you have a text ad on And, it must be working because it brought me to your site…and I enjoyed it. I wish there were more ‘man’ sites like this one!

    The question I have is whether advertising on Heather’s site has been worth it for you…and if you mind giving me a ball park figure of the cost involved.


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  4. Posted August 20, 2008 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Midlife Gals: My ad started running on Heather’s site yesterday morning and, so far, I’d say it has been worth it.

    You can check out her ad rates by visiting this link.

    Thanks for the visit and the comment!

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