‘Dads are get­ting out there more now’

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Cover Story -

GIVEN our small pop­u­la­tion, it’s not sur­pris­ing that there is just a hand­ful of dad blogs here. In Bri­tain, 8% of the 8,000 par­ent blogs reg­is­tered with the Tots 100 blog data­base are dad blogs. Some have huge fan bases, for ex­am­ple, Simon Hooper, (Father_of_Daugh­ters) has 884,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, plus a book and a book tour. In the US, That DadBlog, writ­ten by fa­ther-of-six Alan Lawrence, has 90,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, while How To Be A Dad — a hu­mor­ous take on fa­ther­hood — boasts 122,000 fol­low­ers. But of the top 10 par­ent­ing “in­flu­encers” (ac­cord­ing to Forbes.com), just one is a dad. Why are there so many women blog­ging about par­ent­ing, and so few men? Here’s what Irish dad blog­gers have to say:

Ross Good (TheS­tent­edPapa.com) says men are just less likely to share. “I’ve been the only dad in nu­mer­ous groups with other mums, and mums love to share and hear what other mums have to say. Dads, how­ever, not so much. Men, in gen­eral, tend to keep things bot­tled up so I’d imagine the idea of shar­ing their thoughts on the world wide web might send them into a state of shock and fear.”

Gary F (Dig­i­talDadDiary.com) thinks there are two fac­tors. “Sta­tis­ti­cally there are more stay-at-home moms than dads so I would imagine this has some­thing to do with it. Also, a lot of work­ing mums — I’m mar­ried to one — seem to carry a self-im­posed ‘mum guilt’ around with them, so again I imagine blog­ging is a good way to vent and share their thoughts on their in­di­vid­ual sit­u­a­tions.”

Adam Yates (2Nerd­sAndABaby.com) has a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion. “I guess maybe it’s al­ways been seen that ‘mother knows best’ so a mother’s word was Gospel,” he says. “But dads are get­ting out there more now.”

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