So You Want to Start a Dad Blog?

There are an estimated 40,000 mom blogs out there, giving mothers advice, support, and a place to vent.

How many dad blogs are there? It’s hard to get an exact count, although NPR estimated it to be in the “hundreds.” I would guess that the online dads number roughly 10% of the moms.

In other words, dads have a ways to go. So, if you’re a dad, help us out. Get busy and start a blog.

Making the decision to start a dad blog is easy.

Deciding where to focus your blog is also pretty straight-forward. Write about dad stuff, from the trials and tribulations of being a new father to the wisdom that comes with the experience of raising children.

The hard part of the dad blog comes with finding a title for your new endeavor.

Don’t think that all the good names have been taken. Here are some tips to choosing a unique blog name that will fit you and your musings.

Use a phrase or quote.

Think of a favorite phrase, historical quote, song title, or line from a movie, that means something to you, or just sounds clever. Try to keep it short and sweet.

Such as Out With The Kids, Ask Your Dad, or Luke, I Am Your Father.

Play with the words to make it your own.

The first ten years of my blog’s existence, it was known as A Family Runs Through It, a play on the Norman Maclean novel. At times I felt like it was a bit of a mouthful, but it fit my desire to focus on my family’s adventures.

Other examples include: Dadding Full Time, Dad or Alive, and Dad and Buried.

Use an adjective to describe yourself.

Who are you? What makes you tick? What are you passionate about?

Find an adjective that best fits you, couple it with “Dad” or “Daddy” or “Father” and you’re good to go.

Some examples of this include: Tenor Dad, Lunchbox Dad, DadScribe, Designer Daddy, Mindful Dad,and The Talking Dad.

You can use your job, hobby, or even appearance, in a creative way to make a statement about yourself and what you want to write.

Be practical.

Not everyone needs to be clever.

Give your blog a practical, no-nonsense title. Let the world know you’re serious about being a dad blogger.

Like Modern Father Online, Fatherhood Stories, A Blogger and A Father, and Fathers, Work and Family.

Look at a map.

Use geography to identify yourself on the Internet. This is the route I took earlier this year when I changed the name of my blog to Idaho Dad. There aren’t many dad bloggers in Idaho (I only know of one other), so I felt like I could go ahead and claim the entire state.

A few other location-based dads include Canadian Dad, Iowa Dad, Mile High Dad, and Small Town Dad,

Make it personal.

You can use some form of your name, or that of your kids, to truly personalize your place in the dad blogger world. This is the most unique way to share your thoughts on fatherhood.

Dads who have gone this way include Raising Sienna, A Crock of Schmidt, The Honea Express, The Adventures of Jaydon and Daddy, and That Poore Baby.

Or make it as simple as possible and just use your full name, like Drew Gilbert or Joshua Wilner.

Dad matters.

You may have noticed from all those blog names, it’s kind of important to have some form of the word “dad” in your title. Dad, daddy, father, pop, papa. Most of the big dad blogs make it easy to figure out what they’re all about.

However you choose to name your blog, don’t get stuck on the process. Come up with a few candidates, do a little research to see if they’re taken, and then get started. Like I said before, we need more dad blogs to keep up with the moms. No, that’s not true. What we really need is your voice added to the mix to help continue the evolution of the role of fathers in society. Believe it or not, the words you type and publish will make a difference.

And if you are stuck on finding a blog name, here are a few that I’ve come up with over the years. I’m happy being Idaho Dad, so you’re welcome to them:

Comfortably Dad
Close Encounters of the Dad Kind
R2-Dad2
Father Figures
Scooby Dad
Potato Dad
All You Need Is Dad
Pops Rock
Dad’s Home
Dear Father
Dad Habits
Having A Dad Day

17 thoughts on “So You Want to Start a Dad Blog?

  1. Been blogging for a decade now which is why I used my name and not something like “My Boys Can Swim” or “Puts Moms To Shame.”

    It is not that there is anything wrong with the dad names, I like them and sometimes think I should have used one for my blog.

    But after all these years I wanted to give myself a bit of room to write about a bunch of things. I am a dad blogger but I am not just a dad and not just a blogger.

    Don’t know if that makes sense or not. Anyhoo, NPR is clueless here. There are tons of us out there and have been for years.

    I like how you listed many of us here too. Hope you had a great holiday.

    • Joshua, you have more freedom than most to adapt your topics without changing your blog name. My previous title was starting to feel limiting in what I could write about (only family-oriented stuff). I would imagine that a blog name such as “New Dad” or “Dad Does Diapers” wouldn’t last long. But your name? Well, that’s kind of forever, isn’t it?

    • Agreed Joshua, though the name I chose was to keep me OUT of it–so a bit extreme in the opposite direction, but with the same desire.

      I’m a fiction writer and game maker (board games)…and my stories have been my passion for a decade. Started with comics, then went to novels and games–but all the time, I lived my life THROUGH MY CHARACTERS. That’s what made my blog different during 2005-2010.

      Now I’m focusing on parenting and enveloping mom and dad into my reach.

  2. I’m heeeere! Crap, I’ve been here for a decade too…

    I NEVER KNEW DADDY BLOGS EXISTED!

    Lol. Oh well. We live, we learn, right?

    I’m a father of 12 kids and all I blog about is entertainment and parenting stuff. Always been that way. It’s only been during the last few months that I started searching for other fathers. Found some on Twitter—but mostly supported the mother blogs.

    They’re nice enough and most of my book signings are moms with their kids, so…

    This site is now tabbed and in my ‘visit weekly’ folder.

    Wow. …you mean i don’t have to be alone anymore?

    Coooooool.

    • Jaime! You need to hop on Facebook and seek out the Dad Bloggers group. There are over 900 of them there! You are definitely not alone.

  3. Sweet looking blog you got here Idaho dad! Mine is askdads.com, so feel free to check it out and we definitely need to keep in touch so follow me and I’ll be following you back! All my social media handles are “askdads” with the exception of Pinterest, which is “iaskdads”. Looking forward to connecting with you more man, so keep in touch.

  4. I would like to start my own blog but not 100 on how to start were do I go to start/sign up how do I pick up followers. Please help out a fellow father.

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