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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Close Encounters of the Dad Kind
All You Need Is Dad
Having A Dad Day