If you Google the words ‘parent blog’ you’ll see some pretty big name parenting blogs – The New York Times Motherlode, Business Week, and even one for the NYC Public School parents’ blog (NYC does it up right, don’t they?).
Most of the ‘famous’ blogs and bloggers related to parenting are women. Go ladies! But what does that mean for the men? Why do Mom Blogs dominate the parent’s blogging scene? Where are the men – all out playing golf all day long?
I’ve been in the blogging ‘biz’ (where ‘biz’ = blogging for the hell of it because it sure isn’t paying the bills) for a little over a year now and I’ve only recently started investigating other parent blogs in earnest. I started my blog as a sort of online journal for my own personal thought collection point, journal and therapeutic outlet.
I was blogging in a bubble, basically.
I only later came to find out others were actually reading what I was writing and relating on some level. Now, not only am I writing my own blogs but I’m also reading (quite a few) other blogs on a regular basis – moms, dads, technology (love my Mac!) and even some cooking blogs from time to time.
The mom blogs are fantastic! I can’t get enough of them, actually, and the networking among mom blogs is great as well. I’m seriously considering a trip to BlogHer in August in San Diego. Seriously.
So, why aren’t there more dads writing parenting blogs? I have a few theories of my own, keeping in mind that I likely wrote this after 4+ cups of coffee…
Dads Don’t Read Blogs
(Dads) don’t have time to be reading about feelings, ‘love languages’, breast feeding techniques, debates about which is more difficult – raising boys or girls and other such trivial parenting topics. Dads visit CNN.com or FoxNews.com from time to time.
Oh, and don’t forget about eTrade.com to check those stock quotes and the occasional porn site when the need…ahem…arises.
Other than the aforementioned sites, we don’t have time to be reading about feelings, ‘love languages’, breast feeding techniques, debates about which is more difficult – raising boys or girls and other such trivial parenting topics. Give us a break, ok? We have no opinion on these silly topics and even if we did we wouldn’t want to share them with you!
If you need us we will be out in the garage watching TV.
Dads Don’t Participate in Parenting
Here’s the deal – we’ve been at work all day. Yeah, that’s like 8 hours…maybe even a little longer. The last thing we want to do when we come home is sit down at the computer and work (again).
We want to have a seat in our favorite Lay-z-boy, drink a beer or seven and relax.
You go ahead and take care of laundry, dinner, the dishes, cleaning the house, feeding the children, homework, bath time and the various other duties that parents are required to do. So what if you went to work for the day as well? You’re the mom; act like one!
Oh…and bring me another beer!
Dads Don’t Write (or Can’t or Won’t)
Parenting topics, for the most part are…well, they’re kinda boring.
Now, if you wanted us to write articles about the fastest cars in the world, our favorite power tools or how to hit the perfect par 3 using a 2-iron, we’re all about that. If you insist on forcing (or coercing) us into writing boring articles about parenting then it ain’t gonna be pretty.
We’re talking 2nd grade level at best.
There will be no spell check…
No grammar or capitalization.
Save that crap for you momma! Or We’ll Capitalize Every Word – just to drive you nuts.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest and the caffeine is starting to wear off a bit, I hope you were able to tell that this article is satirical and wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. I don’t know why moms dominate the parenting blogosphere with such force; I wish I did know.
The dad blogs that are out there are pretty damn fantastic and I track many of them regularly. We just haven’t garnered the attention and following that many mom blogs enjoy. I do hope that dad blogs continue to grow in quantity and quality and eventually reflect what I feel is our place in the family and on the online family blogging universe.
Dad Blog Suggestions
The Parent Gig – http://www.theparentgig.com
Dad Centric – http://www.dadcentric.com
Happy Divorced Dads – http://www.happydivorceddads.com
Backpacking Dad – http://backpackingdad.com
Late Night Parents – http://latenightparents.com/
Mom Blog Suggestions
Scary Mommy – http://www.scarymommy.com
Single Mom Seeking – http://singlemomseeking.com/blog
Kludgy Mom – http://www.kludgymom.com
Mommy Needs a Vacation – http://mommyneedsavacation.com
Feisty Woman – http://feistywoman.net
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