Who’s your daddy…blogger?

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Look, I still have trouble admitting this to myself, but if you were to label me as a blogger, I would definitely be a “mummy” blogger these days. I am a mummy who blogs. About being a mummy. I try to think of other things to blog about, but being the biggest job I’ve ever undertaken, all the “mummy” stuff seems to dominate! I guess I’m reluctant to label myself (or be labelled) because I worry that I’ll just be one of the million bajillion parents out there who is trying to make something of themselves in the blogosphere (is “blogosphere” a naff thing to say?) and it’s not exactly an original or unique idea. I want to show that I have more than one dimension, I suppose. I feel like I’m a happy new parent, but I am also more than that. In saying that, there will always be mummies (not the toilet paper wearing zombie ones – no wait…) in the world. Billions of them. Reaching out for support, advice, sharing of funny stories and enjoying new perspectives on parenting. Each parent is a different person who offers something slightly new, with their own back story to tell and build on. And gawd, it’s therapeutic to blog about the experience. Who am I to stand in the way of myself and millions of others who stay sane this way?

I guess I can live with that. I shouldn’t try to be a total wanker about it.

Moving right along…

I love reading mummy blogs (or posts about being new parents). Let’s face it, I belong to the right demographic. However, I also really, thoroughly enjoy a good daddy blog. It’s fun to find out about the “other” sex’s perspective on parenting. Also? I kind of secretly think it’s cute that these days dads can write all about their parental exploits and it shows how far we’ve all come in sharing parenting roles and experiences. It sure ain’t the 1950s anymore and aren’t we glad?! Also, I like to email all the good daddy posts to my husband. Not sure if he enjoys my forceful sharing of dad experiences with him (he doesn’t have the same non-sports related blog reading addiction I do), but I haven’t yet received any criticism for it…unlike the backlash I get for sending celebrity baby gossip to him…he’s not really that fussed about Blue Ivy, I must say. I also get a lacklustre reaction when I send him NBA news. Not NBA sports news. Just gossip about Kardashians and stuff, which he really says doesn’t count as NBA news. Then I reply that I was being thoughtful keeping him up…with the Kardashians mostly. I really am so amazingly thoughtful. Oh and any cute pictures of labradors being cute (as labradors tend to be) are also important email correspondence between us. For me. Well, I have fun.

Also, I must add that he’d rather chew off his leg after a freakish bobsledding accident than write his own blog (a real tragedy I say). He doesn’t actually bobsled, but I thought that was a fun visual. Also, he’ll read this and I think we can agree that it will get a good reaction. Also, I watched a bit of Cool Runnings on TV the other night…

Unfortunately, daddy blogs are in the minority these days. For every gazillion mummy bloggers, you will find one daddy blogger. That figure may or may not have resulted in me doing guesswork and not any actual research.

I just finished reading a guest post that Aliya from Double the Fun commissioned from her husband (the ‘Hubs’) and thoroughly enjoyed his dabbling in a bit of daddy blogging. It made me think of the other dad blogs I enjoy. I shall share them, shall I?

How To Be A Dad
Follow Charlie and Andy in their day to day experiences as dads “in the field”. They claim vehemently to not be parenting experts but rather to provide a humourous “how not to” guide to being fathers. They aim to entertain, and I’m certainly entertained πŸ™‚

They share lots of funny parenting anecdotes (but only the ones their wives will allow). It’s all in good fun!
As another parent who also claims adamantly to not be an expert, hence my blog title, this is a blog I relate to (as much as a non-dad can)!

Also, every time I’ve ever commented, I’ve received a comment reply which makes me feel warm and fuzzy like my visit means something to them. I think I should probably start doing that more on this ol’ blog.

BIG FAMILY, little income
Ah, Bruce. That’s this dad’s name. Which is also the name of my late goldfish. Don’t ask. Moving right along…

This guy cracks me up. Also, just quietly, he’s nuts. He has SEVEN CHILDREN. Which as you can imagine makes for a LOT of great blogging material. I usually find funny stories about his kids (or his parenting skills) and he shares tips on saving the moolah so he can feed his MASSIVE brood!

Busy Busy Busy
I’ve been reading Jacob’s blog since before he was a dad and now that he is, he is just as funny and lovely to read about! He draws really hilarious little pictures to go with his posts and his experiences as a first time parent to a little boy make me do that whole, “I totally get this.” thing while I’m reading. He’s a few months ahead of me in this whole parenthood thing, so I like to see what I’m in for.

He’s one of those bloggers who make me get excited when I see a post pop up in my googlereader and I always make time to read everything he writes.

Well, those are my favourites. Know of any more I can read or share? x

56 thoughts on “Who’s your daddy…blogger?”

  1. Hey, thanks for giving me some free publicity. I’ve tried to blog about other things as well, but having a kid just consumes so much of your time and energy, so you couldn’t write about anything else if you wanted to.

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  2. Although my blog is a very limited-interest blog, and has nothing to do with being a daddy blogger, I did raise my daughter from age two, without the assistance of her mother. She disappeared until our daughter was about sixteen, and then only for a single visit.

    Neither my daughter, nor I, regret a moment of it. There has been no better experience in my life, than raising her, and now being the proud parent of an accomplished woman and mother. We’ve come a long way from the period of life when she traveled with me on biz trips all over the world while she was still in diapers. Wouldn’t trade our experience together and the resultant relationship for anything.

    Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  3. When new at something, life can present certain unexpected challenges one is not so sure that can be overcome, however, in the end, overcome it is. A blog that you might find very entertaining, and hence a tension reliever, is called Planet Mom. The link is http://melindawentzel.com . She is humourous, a mother of three and a writer BUT most importantly I think you will feel quite enlightened upon reading her. Good luck with all your endeavours as a parent. I am sure that you will do very well!!! Thank you and keep up the good work!!

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  4. Loving the “Keep Calm and Write a Blog” picture, so appropriate for me when I’m staring at a blank blogpost and start to panic that ‘I can’t think of anything to write today’! x

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  5. I like http://www.tellingdad.com/
    He is a father of three and really funny (I especially liked the post about hernia surgery though it had nothing to do with children).

    With my blogging it was the exact opposite – I started blogging to get away from all the mummy stuff, because I felt being a mum takes too much space in my life πŸ™‚

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  6. I must say that is a pretty good post that you’ve published there. I haven’t seen your blog before and “stumbled” upon this post via the Freshly Pressed section of the WordPress Dashboard thingy. I liked your post so much that I thought it deserved a few minutes of my time to leave this comment. So hence, the reason why you are reading this from me.

    I found it to be clearly presented, well written and very to the point. I’ve also enjoyed reading some of the previous comments left by other users.

    Please… please keep up the good work and I will be sure to stop by!

    Have a nice day! πŸ™‚

    Regards to you all…

    Barry.
    http://brownhillsbarry.com

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  7. I love daddy blogs as well, they are very entertaining and usually so refreshingly frank and funny. I’ve had the same issues about being a mum that blogs, kind of felt like I wanted to steer away from too much info about what my daughter does every day and try for a wider perspective but I’ve realised people quite like a look-in on others lives, it reminds us we are all a bit mad and weird behind closed doors. x

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  8. Thoroughly entertaining. Your “15 minutes of fame” from being freshly pressed has brought me to you. I relate on so many levels to your life stage. Sarcasm seems to make it all better! *add to blogs I follow

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  9. I have been an at-home dad for 18 yrs so I guess that makes me a daddy blogger-unfortunately blogs didn’t exist but the need for connection did. Somehow my boys are turning into fine young men.

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  10. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    I am a dad of two sons, and I started my blog when my oldest son was 4 years old. After a couple years into it, I considered giving it up because I felt like I didn’t belong. However, the ONLY thing keeping me involved in blogging is the thought that there may be another dad feeling like he doesn’t belong either and I would feel a tremendous amount of guilt about leaving that guy behind.

    I believe I’m one of the few happily married, well-educated, gainfully employed, Black fathers regularly contributing to the blogging world.

    The over-abundance of “mom” blogs has always been a pet peeve of mine. (I understand the dangers of leaving that comment on a blog written by a mom…but I’m a risk taker, and I trust that you’re kind enough to continue reading.) I never really understood why the blogosphere is dominated by women. Perhaps this will be a topic in a future post.

    I would greatly appreciate you taking a look at my blog and telling me what you think. It can be found at robertdaylin.wordpress.com.

    Thanks…and congratulations again on the notoriety of being pressed freshly!

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  11. Amen sister! …From another chick who started a blog not intending it to be a “mommy blog” but which has been slowly overrun by my children just like the rest of my life. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the list of other blogs to check out! I’ve also enjoyed some posts by The Musings of a Stay-At-Home Jewish Father http://stayathometatte.wordpress.com/

    Happy Mommy Blogging!

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  12. I humbly and somewhat sheepishly suggest my musings. I’m not a father yet but will be here in about a week and would have never thought about blogging until I found I was going to be a dad: theeverydad.wordpress.com

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  13. I found your comment about wanting to make something out of your blog interesting and that you felt you needed to write more about other things. I’m a (long-time) daddy blogger and I blog about all kinds of things and I’ve found that in order to be “recognized” in the blogging community you need to have focus in your blog, and clearly I do not. I have been following some fantastic mummy blogs for years now and watched as they went from “just a mummy blogger” to some pretty fantastic kick-ass positions writing for large organizations.

    So based on my experience only, and if anyone wants to correct me, please feel free to add a comment, I think you have a talent for writing and if the majority of your posts are about your family, people will come to read and comment in droves.

    Congratulations and good luck!!!

    Warren

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  14. To write about what you’re passionate about is great and needs no excuses. Most everyone in this blogging thing is writing about stuff which some others are also writing about. The point is, from your position it’s unique and we can learn. I used to run a pregnancy and parenting program and we all learnt from each other…there were no experts (except me of course:) just joking). So onward and upward with your blogging. Kind regards Leanne

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  15. I l;ove to check out freshly pressed. There’s so much variety. . I favourite all the ones that sound interesting to me then go back and read, read, read. Didn’t know about the daddy blogs before I read the post (thanks for the heads up and the links), but am not surprised, my sons are loving and dedicated dads. Congratulations on your post and your blog.

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  16. I completely connected to your worries about finding an original idea and wanting the ability to express more than one dimension of yourself! I was mulling over that same worry the other day (http://thedeliberatewoman.com/2012/07/05/sharing-my-voice/), and it was actually kind of comforting to hear someone else express it too.

    Thanks for the post (and such an awesome blog title). I continue to be curious about the ways we women define ourselves through motherhood.

    Congrats!

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