Application to Write for GeekDad – Doug Cornelius

As a long time reader of reader of GeekDad I was stunned that there would be openings to join merry clan. So of course I want to throw my hat into the ring. (Or should that be roll my 20-sided die for a hit?)

pony-express-statueBut I was stunned to see that we had to apply by email. EMAIL? Should I also put my application on parchment and send it by Pony Express? But I am willing to compromise. So these first two paragraphs are making their way to you by email, but you will have to read the rest here on my blog.

Well this is actually one of my blogs. My latest professional blog is Compliance Building where I write about compliance and business ethics in my role as Chief Compliance Officer for a real estate private equity company. Here at Doug we keep it personal. (Okay, so I have pulled the content from my first blog, the now retired KM Space, my second blog, the now retired Real Estate Space, and my third blog, Paddling Space.) You can also see me on Twitter (@dougcornelius), Flickr, Picasa, Upcoming, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Facebook, LibraryThing, Dopplr. . . .

I think that takes care of my geekiness, my experience with blogging, and my experience with social media.

Subject matter expertise? The highlight of fatherhood has been playing Lego StarWars on the Wii with The Son. Videogaming, Legos, and Star Wars all wrapped into one! Although I am not sure how to react when The Son wanted us to play as Boba-Fett and Jengo Fett. Is creepy for him to say “come on son let’s blast these battle droids!”? (Yes, he also likes us to play as Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker.)

The Daughter Playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii
The Daughter Playing Lego Star Wars on the Wii

The Daughter is still young but she seems to be ready for GeekDom. When The Son and I are playing the Wii she likes to wave around her own controller.

We are also moving into comics, but he prefers to call them graphic novels. (Okay, actually he calls them ‘racket novels.)

What else? How about astronomy? Another proud day was The Son correcting his preschool teachers about Pluto. “It’s not a planet. It’s a Kuiper Belt object. It doesn’t clear its orbital path!”

We also spend many nights preceding Halloween by carving pumpkins. You can see some of our Pumpkin creations here in some posts on Doug

I would be willing to re-label The Son and The Daughter as The Geek-Son and The Geek-Daughter but won’t do it for free. I would demand one of those fancy cartoon portraits that you and the rest of the GeekDad writers have.

Pony Express picture is from Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Got my support. Anyone who plays WII Lego Star Wars with their kids (and they know Boba and Jengo) must be a geekdad.

  2. You have my support for GeekDad! The geek qualities you have stated speak for themselves but personally, I love the fact that professional businessman by day, uber geek-dad by night. Rather super-hero-ish, in my opinion.

  3. Anyone who references Dungeons & Dragons in their application should definitely write for GeekDad. To the deciders: I’ve read Doug’s stuff for a long time (mainly his KM stuff, and now his compliance stuff) – he’s a great and prolific writer. He’s the man for the job.

  4. I was shocked and saddened to find out you were an attorney when I first met you–you seemed geeky enough to be a technologist! (and it WAS at a technology conference, so I wasn’t making TOO much of an assumption)

    This post alone seems to qualify you. 🙂

  5. Jeremy, Angela, Patrick, Patti, Jenn, (and Jenn,) and Hutch –

    Thanks for your support!

  6. Doug should definitely write for GeekDad – his preschooler knows Pluto isn’t a planet !

  7. My vote goes to you Doug for sure! Especially the way you handled the silliness of an email application for a geeky writing job, lol! Good luck!

  8. You get my vote, if for no other reason than your kid knows way more about astronomy than I do. 🙂

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