As I start my blogging new year I thought I’d start by promoting some of the amazing blogs in the dad blogging community.
I first started blogging to keep a journal of the time I spent with my two boys at weekends after I had separated. A few quick searches revealed very few dad blogs. Google mostly redirected me to Mumsnet and the Mumsnet Bloggers Network. I thought that it was going to be a one-sided experience with a limited audience, but as time has passed I was really pleased to uncover an enormous community of dads blogging, but at the time there was far less promotion and exposure.
Recently I read a great article on the blog that accompanies The Money Shed about working from home and how it separates the sexes. Jon at The Money Shed asked why it was that there were so few men working from home compared to women, including blogging, affiliates, and marketing content. The conclusion was that being a mother was more likely to mean being at home and being more suited to the work-from-home environment. Another reason that I’ve often heard is that a mother and particularly pregnant women are more likely to be spending more, and are targeted for marketing, product reviews, and promotion by brands. My own experience is that women are much better at networking and communicating, two of the most important skills in keeping the momentum behind a good blog, and building a community.
After putting up the blog and my initial posts I joined twitter as @weekendparent1. Every basic blogging guide tells you that social networking is the best way to engage with your audience, and this brought me to @Onedad3Girls, @DadWhoBlogs, @FloydUK and @DiaryoftheDad. I soon realised that I was in good company with lots of regular blog content and even a shared podcast.
As far as forums go the dad blogging community has lovealldads.co.uk; offering a showcase of dad blogs, and blogging awards for bloggers in the dad community. It’s not the only UK dad blogging network but so far it’s one of the most popular I’ve found, promising a dad blogging festival in 2015, which will be an incredible experience.
As I’ve spent more time on twitter I’ve found that the US dad blogging community is already very well established with lots of good ideas for UK dad bloggers. Personally my favourite thing about US dad bloggers is the sheer diversity of content, such as the divorced and single dads who are blogging and tweeting; experiencing fatherhood through a slightly different perspective.
I could happily spend the entire evening singing the praises of other dad blogs that I’ve enjoyed following including ideas4dads.net and papatont.com. With a growing community and even a dad regularly appearing on Britmums in @dadblogUK it seems like there’s a growing audience for dad bloggers in their own right, so watch this space!