For the first several months after I started this "Daddy blog," I had no readers except for my lovely and encouraging wife, the BossLady. This was fine with me. I really just wanted an anonymous place where I could keep an online diary of my impending fatherhood and chronicle the journey into parenthood. Though I tend to kid around about it a lot, I'm not entirely joking when I say that one of the main reasons I started the blog was because it really was cheaper than therapy.
I also enjoyed the idea of having a creative outlet for my writing. I don't have much use for it in my daily life but I've always been the kind of person who, instead of sending postcards on long trips overseas saying, "wish you were here," would instead send 2,000 word e-mails to my friends about getting drunk with Muslims in Pakistan or explaining how "Falcon Crest" is actually much funnier in Hindi (whereas, on the other hand, "Joey" is not funny in ANY language.) I missed having a place to release the strange machinations and observations that bounced around in my brain on a constant basis.
In no way did I think that my blog would ever be read by more than a small handful of people. However, soon after I started, my two blogging godfathers, Jay and Greg, started linking to my site and pushing people to come over and read various posts I had written.
Suddenly, for the first time, I had readers (which is a weirdly strange phenomenon, kind of like picking your nose in bed and looking up to see 50 people peering through your window.) But more important than readers, I found an amazing community of people with whom I've become friends. Some are parents. Some aren't. But connecting with so many people as a community in this online internet thingy has been, by far, the most rewarding aspect of having started this blog.
However, since MetroDad primarily deals with my ongoing experience of fatherhood, I've got a soft spot for all my fellow dads out there. There aren't too many men writing online about fatherhood so I try to promote all of them as much as possible. We've done this here a few times before and I'm glad to say that many of these guys have become good friends of mine. Some I've met in person. Others are friends whom I just haven't met...yet!
Anyway, the great thing about daddy bloggers is that there are always new ones that are starting every day. Here are a few new ones that I've discovered recently. Enjoy!
There's a small possibility that Henri is my long-lost twin brother. French-name? Check. Korean-American? Check. Unhealthy obsession with scotch? Double check. However, if my strange sense of humor is derived from juvenile drug use, I think Henri's weirdness comes from being dropped on his head as a baby. He's a loving father and husband who thinks he's an Irish ninja. I got such a kick out of reading him, I even recruited him for the Rice Daddies blog. Go check him out.
A self-described "dad, partner, theatre-maker, graphic designer, writer, and flagrantly flailing 20-something living in Austin, TX," Jonathan is a very cool dude whom I've enjoyed reading a lot lately. In many ways, he reminds me a lot of myself when I was younger. And although he sometimes struggles to find balance in his life, I continue to be impressed by the fact that he's an introspective guy who is always asking the right questions of himself. For a kid in his 20's, he's a refreshingly mature guy and a very talented writer. I think if Dutch and I were ever to have a baby together, he'd come out a lot like Jonathan! We like Jonathan. A lot.
Sandy is a stay-at-home screenwriter dad living in Long Beach with two kids, a dog, and a hilarious take on life. He dresses his kid up in an Elmo costume just to hang out around the house, has actually peed at a supermarket urinal with his son on his shoulders, and is teaching himself how to play cricket via a book. Best of all, he's the inventor of the bologna-melt paternity test. Clearly a man after my own heart.
Tim is a displaced Ohioan who has been working as a marketing director and writer/director for the past 11 years. In his spare time, he's an avant-garde raconteur, retired gigolo, and a proud papa to a two-year old girl. I enjoy reading Tim because we're both around the same age so we can relate to one another. When he writes about Colecovision or I write about Brite-lites, we each know what the other is talking about. Not like all you young 'uns out there!
Abba-Daddy is a fellow New Yorker who's been married for 8 years and has two wonderful daughters. Whereas I'm more Jewish by affiliation, Abba-Daddy is a proud Israeli man with a deep love for his homeland, music, and Elmo porn. Ok, just kidding about that last one (sort of.) He's just starting out but I'm enjoying reading him. I think you will too.
I feel like I've known Kaz forever. He was such a loyal and frequent commenter over at daddytypes that I think Greg finally just told him to start his own blog. What I truly love about Kaz is that he's a passionate man. As a tree-hugging environmental vegetarian, Kaz shares tips to help other parents live "green" and discusses the highs and lows of raising a loving daughter. As a meat-eating, non-recycling urbanite who drives a car that gets about 11 mpg, I still got nothing but love for Kaz. Go check him out.
There are many cool things to like about Michael. He's a great guy who spends a lot of time and energy in trying to figure out how to be a great dad. He's also an avid reader of parenting resources who always has an interesting take on the articles he references on his site. However, the coolest thing about Michael may be the fact that he is the head of North American brand communications at Lego. The dude works at Lego Land!
As always, if you know of any new dad bloggers out there, feel free to shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment. Otherwise, enjoy these newbies. I think you'll like them.