Web-logging is largely about self-promotion. A good friend of mine describes the internet - and especially social media - as one big echo chamber.
Either for the purpose of promoting sales or ideals, bloggers do what we do because we feel we have something to offer (occasionally, at a price).
As in any facet of life, it's thrilling to have concrete positive feedback in some form other than page-views. Everyone loves a kiss of validation.
This site was just named by Reader's Digest Canada as one of Canada's Top Parenting Blogs - the only Dad on the list.
Hopefully, this will boost dads' voices in the Internet Echo Chamber.
Yes, there are many dads who get laughs (and earn a healthy income) writing about new power drills, how dirty diapers make them puke and how Kraft Dinner and grilled cheese constitute the entirety of their cooking repertoire. There is a place for them the way there is a place for your favorite sitcom.
It is more difficult to find fathers who cook, grocery shop, iron, do laundry, play pitch and catch and speak openly about their fears concerning their children and their relationship.
Even in person; hands-on, working fathers are greatly out-numbered by men who occupy more traditional roles in the household.
This blog started a year ago as a vehicle to promote a book: "Men Get Pregnant, too. (Despite Never Pushing a Watermelon Through a Pigeonhole." In that book I discuss openly the fears I felt about becoming a father, the embarrassment of a spermectomy, test results which made us wonder about the health of our child, and the terror of an emergency c-section. The book was put aside as I "tried to build an online presence" at the advice of a literary agent.
In that regard, in June 2011, I began touching on many issues facing working fathers and husbands. Ideally, being on this list will encourage readers to read more of what Daddy Bloggers have to offer.
Some of my favorite posts are archived here: at FatherDaddy Favorites. Hopefully, some of those essays will give readers new insight into their husbands, fathers, and friends.
If we work at it, the Mommy Bloggers won't outnumber us Dads 10 to 1 on next year's list:)
A special thanks to those readers who put me on this one.
Kenny Bodanis - FatherDaddy.