Daddy bloggers have always been the red-headed stepchildren of the internet.
When the mass media covers the the "phenomenon" of blogging, they usually focus on blogs pertaining to politics, technology, celebrity gossip or media. In the parenting realm, the coverage usually only focuses on the so-called "mommy blogs." Very rarely do you hear anything about the XY chromosomal component of the parenting equation.
However, as my favorite daddy-blogger Greg pointed out, recent articles highlighting Father's Day have led the media to shed some light on the phenomenon of Daddy blogs. As Greg puts it, perhaps dadblogs are the new hotness.
Here are links to some articles featuring Daddy blogs:
Hey Dude, are you there? It's me, daddyblogger (Austin American-Stateman)
21st-century dads turn to blogs for help (Seattle P.I.)
Rise of the Daddy Blog (NY Daily News)
I'm proud to be mentioned in the above articles. However, as I've always said in the past, the one thing I love about Daddy blogs is the great sense of community that they engender. I think it's a great tribute to modern day society that there are so many fathers out there taking very active roles in parenting and struggling with issues that have traditionally been pigeonholed into being the domain mainly of mothers. And while mothers have often used blogs to document their forays into parenthood, it's nice to see more dads do the same.
That's why I've always tried to recognize and promote other daddy blogs. There are so few of them out there and I truly enjoy reading all of them. Though, as individuals, we may be wildly different in our personalities and characters, there is a unique sense of bonding due to the fact we're all experiencing fatherhood in a way that's much different from previous generations. Men traditionally haven't spent a lot of time thinking about being good fathers. While reading all the various daddy blogs, it's nice to see that the old attitudes are changing for the better.
Anyway, here are some of the newest daddy blogs that I've been enjoying lately...
The Bradstein Household
Coming at you from Northern Virginia, Papa Bradstein is a soon-to-be father who happens to be the real-life neighbor and real-life friend of my blogging buddy Banana (personal connections are so confusing in the 21st century, aren't they?) He and his wife (affectionately called "Mama") are expecting their first child this summer. Not only is Papa Bradstein a truly great guy but also it's been highly entertaining to watch him struggle with the pending arrival of his child. It brings back fond memories of all the sleepless nights I had either staring at the ceiling or trying to build baby furniture. Go visit Papa B and tell him to relax!
And then there was a pickle...
Pickle's Papa is an extremely thoughtful and deep-thinking man who started his blog to vent and release some of his deepest fears and frustrations about fatherhood. He's a complicated dude with an interesting past. However, I absolutely love the way his mind works. He often says the things that I dare not say aloud. In many ways, he might be my dark-sided twin. Or maybe I'm his dark-sided twin. Either way, Pickle's Papa is a great guy, an interesting read, and a cool dude with a profound love for his little daughter.
ZD is a grad student studying ecology. A San Francisco native, he now finds himself in the middle of Iowa, awaiting the birth of his first child. Aside from the fact that he shares my love of grammar and is one of the few other people I know who reads "Elements of Style" for fun, I dig reading Zygote Daddy because he carries a healthy dose of skepticism with him at all times, likes to make fun of Iowa and tosses around phrases like "embroyonic gustatory autocracy" in his posts (like I'm supposed to understand what he's talking about.) In all honesty, he seems to be a genuinely nice guy with a big bleeding heart. He writes sincerely about becoming a father and I have no doubt he'll be a great one.
Steve is not a new blogger. He is, however, a very cool dad who recently started contributing to the blogfathers and I highlight him here because it's refreshing to read the chronicles of a gay dad who shares his life with his partner of 14 years and his 3 1/2 year old son. He's a hilarious guy who doesn't know much about football or sports. However, we do share a love of American Idol, Aveda bath soaps, and raising a kid. I don't know whether that says more about him or me! But go check out his blog and enjoy the ramblings of a cool dad.
How can you not like a guy whose profile describes himself as "a dad and and Crusader for Social Justice?" Denver Dad is another regular guy whose blog chronicles his journey into fatherhood. He's honest, self-deprecating and sincere. One of his favorite posts of mine discussed how he can no longer spend money without thinking in terms of how many cases of diapers he could buy with the same amount of money (i.e. a tank of gas equals 1 box of diapers, a used car equals 285 boxes.)
As far as I can tell, VampDaddy isn't a vampire. However, he is a self-described weird guy with a 16-month old son. Not only does he share my love of alternative 80's music but he also struggles with all the decisions that modern parenthood requires. But instead of stressing about it, he always takes a very thoughtful and light-hearted approach to parenting.
Lastly, I'm including a man who does not have his own blog but should. P-man is an occasional contributor to his wife's site, mother-woman. Many of you know Mo-Wo as a much-beloved figure in the parenting blogosphere. She's nice, thoughtful, polite, and generous. p-man? Not so much! All kidding aside, he's my favorite curmudgeon. At times, he's pissed off me, Dutch and God-knows-who-else in the parenting blogosphere. But I truly do love reading the guy. He's ridiculously bright, well-read and an excellent writer. Plus, he's got a healthy dose of sarcasm and cynicism that are rarely found among Canadians. Fortunately, his bark is worse that his bite. I'm always excoricating him to start his own blog. Maybe you can too!
That's all folks! Check out these relatively new daddy bloggers and enjoy. And if there are any other new daddy bloggers out there that I missed, post a comment introducing yourself or shoot me an e-mail.
And always remember...men who change diapers change the world.