Defining Dad Bloggers
Mothers have been able to organize in a way that has taken advertising, the internet and the world by storm. People take the sheer number of mommy bloggers and their followers seriously (even if they do have mommy wars). According to Mashable, as of last year, there are 3.9 million mommy bloggers in North America. They expect the number of mommy bloggers to grow to 4.4 million in 2014.
I am not knocking moms. I love moms. Mothers have been able to do something that dads have not been able to do, and they were able to do it right. They were able to blog with style and define themselves. They are organized, taken seriously and followed passionately. Mothers have found their voice online that dads are only beginning to find.
Source Merriam-Webster: A website that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also: the contents of contents of such a site. First Known Use: 1999
— blog verb
— blog·ger noun
— blog·ging noun
Talking about fatherhood is fun!
Recently, I guest posted on Our Crazy Boys owned by Becca Ludlum. She wanted me to discuss what it is like being a dad blogger. It is a question that I found difficult and easy to answer. I started my blog as a keepsake for my son, but I have also found it as a way to help others. It is a way that I can share about a fathers perspective on parenting. The longer I have blogged the more I have discovered that many people care about what I have to say about fatherhood.
While I was trying to define what exactly a dad blogger entails, I found it interesting that there is no real statistical data online about dad bloggers. I can not say how many dads bloggers are online currently. However, I could find the top 50 dad blogs (according to mom parenting sites).
I have often wondered why men do not blog or write about their children as much as women. I know it is not because fathers do not care about their kids. On the contrary, fathers are just as concerned, involved and loving about their children as mothers.
As I was growing up, I rarely saw my father. Do not get me wrong, I did see him, but we did not spend a lot of time together. When he was home he was tired or to busy with work. At times, as a young boy, I was disappointed or felt like I did not matter. It was only as I got older that I understood my father was from a different generation. My father’s generation took a “hand’s off” approach on parenting.
Today, men are redefining fatherhood online.
1. Hands on approach – We are not afraid to get our hands dirty. It is acceptable to change a diaper and make jokes about it.
2. Emotions – It is okay to show our sons and daughters that we are human. We can feel the entire spectrum of emotions and show them without fear of retribution.
3. Tough Topics – We are not afraid to talk about the tough topics with our children; e.g., drugs, peer pressure and sex.
4. Parenting – We will take part in the decision-making process, in our children’s lives. We no longer want to be left out or have others tell us we should not take part in the decision-making process.
5. Gender Roles – We understand gender roles, and we are not afraid to play dress up with our daughters or have our little boys wear pink shoes.
Dad Bloggers Facebook Group Logo
Until recently, one thing that dad bloggers lacked was organization. Oren Miller (A Blogger and A Father) started a group on Facebook for Dad Bloggers to share ideas and work together. The intent is to show the world that dads are serious, and we are here to stay as fathers and bloggers.
I am a proud member of the Dad Bloggers Facebook group. We are a group of men that is not afraid to blog about our children. I believe that this group is a step in the evolution of dad bloggers and will help define fatherhood and blogging in the future. (The group is open to all dad bloggers)
What do you think about dad bloggers? Do you take them seriously? Do you think they are here to stay or just a joke? Do you follow dad bloggers? What do you think about a dad bloggers group? Tell me in the comments!
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