The dad bloggers of the UK, and the world are becoming, I have noticed, very united as a group that won’t possibly ever rival mum bloggers. However, we have finally become a force to be reckoned with, and that’s something I have not seen in the three and half years that I have been blogging.
When I first started there was literally only a handful of dad bloggers that were mentioned or grouped with top mum bloggers, but I have noticed how that has now drastically changed. There are now many dad bloggers that are mentioned as great bloggers alongside some of the mum bloggers, and that is quite some achievement considering our numbers.
About two and a half years ago, I wrote a post called Rise Of The Daddy Blogger. Even though it was only just over two years ago, blogging was heavily dominated by mums. The simple reason was that for every 10 mum bloggers there was 1 dad blogging. So I was thinking what has changed that has given us dad bloggers the ability to be more prominently displayed and visible in the world of the internet?
Here are my thoughts as to why I think the tide is turning, maybe not massively, but it’s definitely turning.
We now live in the 21st century where it is becoming more common place for dads to be the main carer of children in the home. This has, in my mind started to change the concept of dads and their children within society. People are slowly starting to realise that dads can can actually do the job that mums have done traditionally, and do it just as well as mums. On the upside of this of course is that many mums who have spent years carving out a career for themselves can continue with their career. This for me is the way society is moving, and this should be the case that the old fashioned traditions are disappearing.
I grew up in a society that wrongly believed men don’t cry. We all know now what utter nonsense this is. I have noticed amongst dad bloggers how they are able to show their emotions when writing blog posts. This is both uplifting and inspiring that we are able to tell the world that yes, we cry and laugh all at the same time, and we can have a view on parenting that is probably a little different to mums, but fascinating all the same. Dads are wearing their hearts on their sleeves, and there is nothing wrong with that.
When I go on social media nowadays it gives me so much satisfaction to see so many dad bloggers absolutely killing it, and the support among dad bloggers is quite honestly awesome. Helping each other out with advice or just a chat, or sharing a blog post.
The other day I came across a new dad blogger, who I instantly liked and I thought let’s get him a bit more visible to all the other dad bloggers, so I tweeted it out a couple of times trying to increase his following and get him more involved in the dad blogging community. I was overwhelmed by how the guys got behind him and welcomed him into the dad blogging world.
The tweets went on into the next day, but that’s what it is all about to me, #bloglove. Let’s help each other out. When I started blogging, there was a dad blogging community, but at times it felt like you were on your own trying to carve out a career in blogging, but that has all changed.
Parenting charts and awards have changed as well and this was brought home to me in 2017. I first of all was shortlisted for a parenting award with blogosphere magazine, but the biggest surprise came when I was placed at number 8 in vuelio Top 10 Parenting list along with Dad Blog UK and The DadVenturer.
It’s madness to think that three dad bloggers were placed in the most influential parenting chart in the UK. This is another reason why dad bloggers are on the rise. To also be included with some of the biggest names in the mum blogging world is something to be very proud of.
I have only been to one blogging conference which is BlogOn, and I’ve been twice. This is a fab conference. What was most noticeable on my first visit is that there were only about six dad bloggers there, but on the second occasion there was in excess of 20 dad bloggers. What a change from the first occasion that I attended.
The dad blogging community of the world is growing and it doesn’t matter if you are a hit on You Tube, Instagram, the blogging world or wherever, we are now a group of men that brands and PR’s are starting to sit up and taking notice of. We can help promote their products in a completely different way, and appeal to a very different audience that maybe mums can’t get to.
The dad blogging revolution is truly underway and it’s up to us to help each other, but more importantly encourage and help new dad bloggers to keep our numbers growing. Realistically we will never rival mum bloggers, but we can certainly become a very dominant force, and possibly give the mum bloggers a run for their money. Dad bloggers are breaking down the barriers.
Do you think dad bloggers are more united as group than ever before? I would love to know. If you share this on social media could you use the hashtag #dadbloggersunite please.