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misfithausfrau

True dat, Metro. Personally, I could give two shits about the haters. Actually, I am envious of them that they have time to read blogs they hate and write about how much they hate them.

I hope to see more Daddy Blogs this year. I have really enjoyed reading the male perspective since my husband isn't type to wax poetic about anything except beer, college basketball and Medicinal Chemistry stuff(which he would never do at home.)

Kateri

I'm pretty convinced that the people who say that have never read a good mommy/daddy blog. They would see that parenting blogs are a lot more dynamic than cute pictures and poop stories. So, screw 'em.

Meg

Well, what does it say about me that the vast majority of blogs I read are by moms and dads, and I DON'T have kids and I'm NOT married and I doubt either are happening in the next ten minutes.

I think "parent bloggers" are interesting because they've had to look at life beyond their own navels.

I love the perspectives, the rants, the angst, the joy, the delight, and the wickedly funny stories they share.

So what if people like to make fun of y'all? You make me laugh, and since my universe still revolves around me, it's all good!

(Just kidding!)

Pepa

Hello Metro Dad,

Only if ever I happen to become a single mother I will write a better article!! I hope!!!

I always end up rolling on the floor of laughter!!

Regards from Spain

Xdm

DaddyTypes is one of my favorite sites and I'm a girl. So, it's ok!

landismom

I'd be proud to welcome you to the ranks of mommyblogger, dude. Especially with your traffic-generating abilities!

But seriously, I think the mommybloggers-are-different-from-other-bloggers rap is just so much bullshit. Are people who blog about their public drunkenness every weekend inherently more interesting than people who had their last public drunkenness in their pre-baby state? I don't think so. What matters is what you make of your content, not what makes up your content.

People who blog in an interesting way about what's going on in their life and their world is what interest me.
Now pass the speaking stick, Iron John.

Steph

You're MY favorite mommy blogger, MD!

Deanna

Parent Bloggers Unite!

For me personally, I love reading Rice Daddies and The Blogfathers. But I'm a SAHM. What does that make me?

Well-read, I think! :)

Kristen

You had me at the photo.

And ps - I'm honored that you have made me half-Korean - alas, I'm half Chinese - but we'll never tell! :)

And you are an honorary mom blogger by proxy.

MetroDad

Oops! Sorry, Kristen. I can never tell you people apart! Hahahaha! Just kidding! (of course, I have to write that because the internet is humorless these days and people might think I'm serious.)

Besides, everyone (and by everyone, I mean my wife) thinks I look Chinese anyway.

And thanks for making me an honorary mom blogger! When do I get to learn the secret handshake?

the weirdgirl

I'm SO SICK of all the girl-on-girl hating that's been going round the Internet lately! You know, maybe if we all stop participating it would go away. I really wish there was an equivalent site like Dadcentric or the Blogfathers for moms who just want to have some fun! You know, both about parenting AND other issues or fun stuff. Or a site like that with moms and dads would be even better. (Any takers?)

Though I do have to disagree with you slightly, MD, I think you dad bloggers have a sort of celebrity status. Not that I mind! Some of my favorite reads are the dads!

Melissa

MD, you know I am always with you. Daddy blogger or not, you are one of the most funny yet honest bloggers out there. And if you want we can refer to you as a Mommy blogger too. Some of the things said in the last week on many blogs have been insulting and demeaning to a lot of people. And it's gotten tiresome. Mommy bloggers do get a lot of crap terms thrown at them. But I couldn't give it up at this point. I have "met" some of the most amazing men and women in the past year, just from reading blogs. I think the Daddy Bloggers I read are some of them crazy, funny, articulate men I could ever hope to meet. Keep doing what your doing MD, someday you could probably publish a book, just with what you've already written. Ok, I'm done gushing and being a kiss-up.

Margaret Richman

Just delurking to say that although there may not be many daddy bloggers out there, I think you're all great. You, Daddytypes, Laid-Off Dad, Dutch and RudeCactus are some of my favorite reads. Period!

Part of the appeal is because you all seem like such great dads and that's a very endearing thing to see. However, you all do a great job of showing the many sides of your personalities. You're not just dads. You're interesting people. For some reason, people tend to ignore this when it comes to reading "mommy blogs." They just get typecast as being mommies and that's it! Seems so unfair.

Butgood for you for championing the cause of all parenting blogs! Y'all need to stick together.

L.

I figure all us "mommy bloggers" should gang up and seize that term and turn it around to make it one of empowerment, the way the gays did with "queer." Yeah, I`m one of those motherfuckin` mommy bloggers -- you got a problem with that? Yeah, well, that would be YOUR problem.

Mega Mom

The only difference between us and you MetroDad is that we push human beings out of our hoo-has.

Proud to stand with you!

rach

My dad is a single dad, and I think it's almost harder for single dads because they don't have any sort of recognition at all. My dad should start a blog, it would be really funny. He talks about writing a book all the time and calling it "Mommy With A Penis".

bill

I never liked being considered a Daddy blogger (Not that I blog about anything else) I just do not like being thought of as one dimensional.

I like reading blogs about parenting because it offers insight into other peoples way of doing things. Some are boring or make up the stereotype of Dad Blogs but others like yours and rude cactus and others are great reads everyday.

I heard a few years back about "soccer moms" and the sterotypes that goes with that term and how woman did not want to be considered a "soccer mom". Mommy bloggers and Daddy bloggers are getting the same bad rap.

Why don't they ever talk about "soccer Dads?" Oh that's right..they are called Coaches.

That was a joke.

liberalbanana

"Fly your freak flag" - HA!

As a gal who is pretty gosh darn sure that she don't want no babies, I was really surprised at how reading "mommy blogs" has made me feel.

"Wow, moms can be funny?!? Witty?? Downright hilarious?? THIS STUFF IS GREAT!" And I've even joked now that perhaps I should have kids because it gives you so much great stuff to write about! (Read: joked.) But I bet it would make the hard stuff easier to get through if I knew I had a whole group of people to share my stories with - and I imagine you guys feel the same way.

The internet has provided me with a glimpse into the lives of parents and I'm really thankful for it. It has really changed my perspective. You CAN be a parent and still be a person - and a cool one at that. So keep blogging out there, all you parents - moms AND dads! You're sharing knowledge with other parents and entertaining us all!

dutch

I agree that dad bloggers have it easy.

There are so few of us, dude. We're like a black guy on a small liberal arts college campus: there's always some dude following us around with a camera to take pictures of us chatting amiably for the prospectus.

Xdm

And just like that black guy on my campus*, I try to be friends with you guys as well to feel cooler than I actually am.

St. Norbert in De Pere, WI. Sean Ramsey, where are you now? Call me!

Sarah

Word.

The way you feel about Mommy Bloggers is the was I feel about Daddy Bloggers.

Maybe we should consider switching.

Amy

I love the mommy bloggers and the daddy bloggers, and I don't care what you call me. Also, I don't buy into the assumption that if you are a mommy blogger you are one dimensional. I'm a mom; I have a blog. I'm also a woman, a Tar Heel, a feminist, and I love beer. That's the way I feel about all the blogs I read--there's LOTS that interests me about your lives. If I happen upon one that doesn't interest me, I don't read it. But I don't dismiss it as a "mommy blog" either, I just move on.
Thanks for this post, MD, as usual, you make it all make sense, and funny too.

Kara

i don't think any of that stuff makes you a mommy blogger, just terrifically cool.

Brent

You always have been my favorite mommy blogger, MD!

Mike

Hyung, I think you're all man. Maybe not when you're at the spa. But for the most part. If you and someone else have ever split a bottle of Crown on Hennese, then you're a man. Not a yuhj at all.

Emily

(Followed you here through the various sidebars you are linked in)

I just wanted to say that until today I didn't realize being a 'Mommy Blogger' was an insult, but I guess there is not much I can do to change that. I have a Blog. I am a mommy. I know little else of life right now...but I am cool with that.

Its an honor to be stuck in the same mockingly labeled group as you are. We have nothing to apologize for.

Billy C.

Right on, MD! I'm not married, don't have kids and probably won't anytime soon. Yet I enjoy coming here and reading your perspectives on parenting. It's cool to know that the fun life doesn't end when you become a parent. If anything, you make it sound like it gets much better. Cool!

Linda B

Very well said.

All of the parenting blogs I read are written by well educated, intelligent and witty people.

People need to stop drinking the hater-ade.

kristied

I dont know why the people who hate "mommy" or "daddy" blogs continue to read them, if they dont find them interesting they should just read something else. I could care less about the labels, i love reading your blog and other blogs like it. (written by moms or dads). It is nice to get a different perspective on other people's parenting adventures. It can certainly be quite entertaining and it is nice to know there are people out there and we're not the only ones. Keep it up!!!

LeeMarv...

MD,
Why do people have to label every thing? What difference does it make if you can socialize with both sexes, effortlessly?

I guess people gots to fight over somethin'...geez.
I can't speak to the mommybloggin' issue 'cause I don't read many of them. Don't have a lot of time, lately.

I'm of the opinion if you don't like someone's writing, don't effin' read the shit...move on! Life's too short to be a whiner.

I will say that daddy blogs, in general have opened many eyes to the joys of fathering AND sharing the experience. It is comforting to know that we're not alone and that our voice is heard.

Your blog, in particular, has the added benefit of dead on humor, wit and style, and that suits me.

croutonboy

Mommy blogger, daddy blogger. Stalagmite, stalagtite. I'd prefer they be called journalists, entertainers, philosophers, writers, malcontents, or whatever best suits their needs and desires.

There's a lot of small-minded people out there, and the anonymity of the internet affords them the opportunity to lash out and make themselves feel momentarily bigger. The fact that some exceptional people have been under attack lately is pathetic, but reflects far more on them than on those who blog. Didn't Emerson say "to be great is to be misunderstood?"

mo-wo

So the soul reason I even discovered blogs was my seeking out of some emasculated and sensitive fathers who I could imprint on the new dad in my house and advance a number of New Age-type parenting agendas I had.

It hasn't worked out at all.

ps.. you got 5 out of 5 on your quiz MD, your gold star is in the mail

Mom101

If more "daddybloggers" like you and Dutch and a few others keep it up, the label is only going to come to stand for something fantastic. Good writin' is good writin', whatever we choose to call it.

Your wife is going to let you go to Blog Her, right? Right? RIGHT?

matt

Hmmm.
I'm having a real identity crisis after reading this.

Am I a daddy or mommy blogger?
Am I a man's man?
Pee standing up? less and less
Complete sports fanatic? No (play soccer, still skateboard but have never thrown a Tony Hawk skatepark tour party)
Love classic rock? Sorry, but no. More of an Indy, Modern, Death, Folk, Acoustic Jam sort of guy.
Drive way too fast? Yes
Perfectly happy eating over the sink? Sure
Drink scotch? Mmmm dirty smokey alcohol....Nope
Eat meat? What else is there?
Nothing cracks me up like a good fart under the covers? Of course. It kills at parties.

I am a daddy, artist, designer, musician, wannabe chef, closet architect, domestic skatepunk, with metro-sexual tendencies blogger (however lame and slack of a "family blog" it may be).

I think "daddy bloggers" are so cool because 1) well, WE ARE. 2) Because any dad who breaks from cultural norm and stays home with the kid(s), or cares enough about their kids that they have a blog about being a daddy is obviously in touch with some shit that the overwhelming stereotypical ideas of dad's can't touch with a 10 foot statue of Jesus.

Not really spending too much time in the orb known as the blogOsphere I was unaware of the label placed on mommy bloggers. I tend to view bloggers like people. I know I'm crazy like that. Some are interesting, some not so much are funny and some are not. Some like it hot, etc.

I think it is very cool, though, that there is this community of parents on the internet that for the most part seem very cool, intelligent, witty, and friendly. Regardless of what the idiots say, I think that we have a positive representation and impact on parents and non-parents alike (as seen in the above posts). Well, when I say "we" I mean all of "ya'll".

As to being a mommy blogger and going to Blog Her, you and numerous others I read are great daddy bloggers and I think we need our own gig. We'll call it Blog Herm-afro-daddy. Ok, maybe not that.

David

I'm happy being called a poo-blogger. Though I can do other things, it always reverts to that.

AdventureDad

I would consider it an honor if someone ever called me a "mommy blogger". You're a guy with many typical male interests but still with a mind that understand women. Do you have any idea how rare that is??? Mommy Blogger or Daddy Blogger is to me completely irrelevant. I like hearing the different opinions of people who blog, especially women, and I've never been bothered of being labeled.

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freezio

Good shot. I found your argument for inclusiveness to be inspiring. I'm going to tell Emily that I want to be viewed as an equal from now on.
Oh, and since I've always been red-headed, and actually am a step-child, I guess it's only natural that I become a daddy blogger. At last, the figurative agrees with the actual.

Red

Yeah, what you said. Screw the whole lot of 'em. You blog!

Blog on!

Sheryl

Maybe I don't get out much (there's not much doubt about that), but other than the NYT story last year, I've never heard a word against mommy bloggers, except on some "child free" forums. Really, are the labels even neccesary? Most blogs that don't have any specific theme (gossip, politics, tech, etc.) are just blogs that document the minutiae of people's lives. Naturally those of us who have kids, blog a lot about it.

Lucinda

You're one of the lucky few daddy bloggers, MD. You're way cooler than a mommy blogger because there are so few of you. You're all in touch with your emotions, but a little more cynical about it. And I like that a damn lawt.

M. Gunnti

Amen, dude. Don't know why there are so many haters out there. I enjoy reading all the parenting blogs. Helps keep me sane when I'm about to lose it with my kids. Misery loves company!

susan @ yow

Just want to say that I love your site. You're a terrific writer. I enjoy reading lots of *parent blogs* even though I don't have children.

Meredith

I think parenting blogs -- both of the mommy and the daddy ilk -- are breathtakingly honest, upfront, wonderful mediums in which to paint the real portrait of what parenting is really like (as opposed to what we see on the pages of some magazines in which the kids and parents are always happy, clean and well fed).

I love to read mom and dad blogs to at least know that it's not just me who gets crazy when 247 birthday party invitations for my children (all under the age of 8) arrive in my mailbox in one week, or that I'm not the only one who goes berserk every once and a while. (Okay, like once a day, but who's counting?)

candace

WE LOVE YOU, MAN!

*ahem*

Rock on 'witcher bad self.

johnsondaw

I am a mommy who prefers reading daddy blogs to mommy blogs. Go figure? But yours isn't strictly a parenting blog, so I don't think you can be painted with either the mommy or daddy blog brush.

sweatpantsmom

Hear hear!

I now lay my hair net at your feet.

And I couldn't agree more with the marginalizing of the paternal role in parenting. (Except for in Disney movies where the mothers are always either dead or killed off. This always leaves me screaming at the screen, "The fathers? The fathers? Who cares about the goddamned FATHERS?" But I don't really mean it.)

Mr. Big Dubya

You're a daddyblogger? I thought you were "just a totally average white chick living in Fresno with a fondness for Wonder Bread, mayonnaise and ‘N Sync."

Now all my hopes and dreams have been shattered.

And, to steal from Tony, I think I'd like to be a malcontent stalactite - just hanging around the blogosphere, but not always liking it.

Mr. Big Dubya

Who am I kidding? I love it here, the water's great.

Leora

Mommy blogger, daddy blogger, who cares? I come here for the great writing, the interesting perspective, and the great commentors that you seem to attract. I'd come here even if you didn't have a kid!

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