Regular readers know that I always like to give voice to parenting blogs written by new fathers. The more, the merrier. Not only do I enjoy hearing the different perspectives and stories that other men have regarding their kids but I also think there's a great sense of community among "Daddy Bloggers". And while there are a million "Mommy blogs" prevalent througout the blogosphere, there are still only a handful of fathers out there writing about their experiences. Nobody seems to know that we really even exist. But we're a tight community. We all read and comment on each other's sites. And we stumble across one another on a semi-regular basis. To me, that's very cool. But the coolest thing is that I think I would like all these guys even more if we met in person.
Anyway, although I've mentioned some of these sites elsewhere, I thought I'd do it here on MetroDad. So without further ado, here's my latest set of Props for the Pops...
This blog is actually written by a couple, Dutch & Wood. But they're so cool and iconoclastic that I literally find myself always waiting for one of them to post something new. Dutch is the kind of guy I would hang out with cruising old record shops, harassing San Francisco yuppies or discussing politics and literature. Wood is someone I could see spending the afternoon with at a cafe, drinking espressos and talking about China or our mutual addiction to fiber. Together, they're raising the very cute and adorable Junebug.
Matthew started his blog a few months before his lovely wife gave birth to their ridiculously cute twins. And although he's not a new Daddy blogger, he just got himself some fancy new digs and a new url. What can I say about Matthew? He's literally one of the nicest people that I've never met. But not only is he a good guy but he also might be the only new father around who's even sappier than I am. While I have to rein in my mushiness, I often find myself reading Matthew's posts and going "awwwwwwww!" We like Matthew. A lot.
I don't know what to say here except that Hank is fucking cool (even though he went to Stanford. Go Bears!) He's an 8th-grade teacher, a fellow sports nut and a father to three beautiful kids. Mostly though, he just loves telling great stories about his children. Go visit him and, if you're a sports fan, be sure to check out his other sites as well.
Another father of twins and the best thing to come out of D.C. since Michael Jordan. NPD is a man equally devoted to his wife, his kids and his job. It's fascinating watching him balance everything in his life. Sometimes, I read him and feel like he's busier than Courtney Love's pharmacist. But he's bright, insightful and intelligent. Like me, he's a semi-regular blogger but you can always count on him for a good read.
Mr. Big Dubya
Mr. Big Dubya survived Catholic school, a maritime academy and the army. Not only did he score a perfect trifecta by surviving all three institutions, he then went on to get a degree in English Lit. How cool is that? And although he's a Red Sox fan by birth, I think you'll find him as funny and entertaining as I do. Plus, he's as addicted to parenting blogs as I am!
Because I'm Your Father
Alan is the resident DJ of the parenting blogosphere. As a music artist manager based down in TN, his blog incorporates the three greatest loves of his life: his wife, his baby son and music. He's got a great-looking site and an even better-looking kid (keep him away from my daughter, dude!)
The Bean's Dad
This blog is written by a SAHD with a lovely little daughter who knows sign language and the way to her dad's heart. I enjoy reading this blog because TBD will throw up anything that comes to mind. Relatively new but very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading more.
The MisAdventures of a First Time Dad
Amateur Dad is another relatively new daddy blogger. And as much as I enjoy reading his blog, he only posts about once a month. He attempts to atone for this by putting up very very cute photos of his little girl. But go over and tell him to get his lazy ass in gear.
Clare's Dad is the newest member of the Daddy blogger community. This is a new blog started by a Ct. father just a few short weeks ago. Even though he's a Yankees fan, he seems to be a generally good guy. Besides, he was named after a sitcom character, is an EX-lawyer, works in the theater and was a self-admitted geek in high school. How could I not love a guy like that?
Chocolate Makes It Better
We're stretching across the Pacific to introduce you to Chocolate, an Australian father of one (with another on the way.) Based in Brisbane, Chocolate is a cool dad who writes lovingly about the wonderful experience of fatherhood. Say hello to him and his pot-belly friend named Barry.
If we're going across the Pacific for some linky love, then I also have to go trans-Atlantic and throw a shout out to Adventure Dad. Although he's an ex-New Yorker, AD is now living in Sweden with his beautiful family and spends his free time participating in adventure sports, taking photographs and travelling. Pretty rough life, eh? He's a very cool guy and if you ask nicely, he'll show you the fjords.
Last but not least, I've got to mention my San Diego buddy Jason again. His blog is basically a cool amalgamation of whatever happens to be on his mind at the time...whether it's surfing on the weekend, ranting about Katrina, reviewing his favorite TV shows or telling stories about his son Lucas eating rocks. He's by far the most reliable and consistent blogger out there. If he doesn't put something up every day, his body literally goes into convulsions. Ok, maybe not literally. But you get the idea.
That's it, folks. Check these relatively new daddy blogs out and enjoy. Also, here's the previous entry I wrote about my feelings about my fellow Daddy bloggers. And if there are any new daddy bloggers out there that I missed, post a comment introducing yourself or shoot me an e-mail.
Don't forget, my friends....Men who change diapers change the world (or at least that's what my wife keeps telling me.)