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It’s been two weeks since our last The Brookline Parent column, “The Mommy Blogging Question,” was published, and we’re sad to have to tell our friends and fans that it’ll probably be the last column for a while. Brookline Patch has decided to go in a new direction, one that doesn’t include our bi-weekly parenting column.

We’d like to thank Neal Simpson, Grahame Turner, and Nate Homan, the three Brookline Patch editors with whom we worked, for their stewardship of our work. We’d particularly like to thank Neal, for suggesting the column in the first place all the way back in 2010 and giving us a chance to try our hand at it. Although we’re both writers and editors, writing a parenting column wasn’t something either of us had tried before. We’d like to think that it was a success, and from everything our readers have told us, it was.

We’d also like to remind our readers that our 60 columns, covering two years in the lives of Muffin and Squeaker, are still published on the Brookline Patch site for the world to enjoy. From time to time, if something reminds us of a column we wrote, we’ll be sure to link to it.

We are hoping that this won’t be the final parenting column that we write. At the moment, we’ve been exploring other options for our column, looking for a paying media outlet interested in our ruminations as the parents of twins. (And we’ve been thinking of writing a book.) That said, if you know of any newspaper or website interesting in running a column by us on raising twins, feel free to point them in our direction.

Date: 2013-01-31 04:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elrhiarhodan
I don't live in Brookline, and I'm not a parent, but I have found your columns entertaining and educational. I can't offer any advice on other outlets, except perhaps "Motherload" on the New York Times - http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/.

I will miss your column and I hope that you find a new home for it soon.

Date: 2013-01-31 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 42itous.livejournal.com
I, too, have enjoyed reading all your columns, and I hope you'll keep writing regularly. I hope you will write a book -- that's a fabulous idea! In the meantime, would you consider keeping up your schedule of biweekly writing on the topics of your daughters and parenting in general, and blog that writing here?

Date: 2013-01-31 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mabfan.livejournal.com
We thought about it, but the problems are twofold:

1. The columns are somewhat different from a blog. We tried to have more of a focus with the column than we might have if we were blogging more casually.

2. We both have a lot of paid freelance writing we do, and it's hard to find the time to keep up with parenting blogging that doesn't earn us something. We do write certain things for free for certain sites, but generally we find that when we aren't on a deadline, it's harder to get that writing done on time, as the paid work inevitably has to take precedence. (We need to feed Muffin and Squeaker, after all...)

From what we understand, our columns were a big draw, so we're hoping some market out there is interested in running a column from us. In the meantime, we'll blog as we have always done, but more and more of it may be friends-locked...

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