Sunday, June 18th, 2006
Daddy Bloggers in the (Austin) News
OK Grandma, I’m finally somebody. Hey, dude, are you there? It’s me, daddyblogger appeared in today’s Austin American Statesman. The subtitle reads, "Father blogs make parenting a less solitary business." Sorry Grandma, you have to register a free account to read this one article on a web site you’ll probably never visit again unless you move to Texas. Bug-me-not counter-measures are in full effect in Austin. [/ex-web manager rant end]
Several bloggers were contacted, so we only have a couple quotes each. Let me boil down the article to its good part. Reporter Joe Gross wrote that I have "the perfectly named product review site Thingamababy," while he summed up Greg Allen’s Daddytypes as "kid-related news stories" and then didn’t interview or quote Greg. Ouch. (I’m laughing with you, Greg. Daddytypes was an inspiration for starting Thingamababy. A gazillion more parents read Daddytypes, besides.)
In all, the article is a good brief overview of the medium. My one complaint is the following sentence: "Dad blogs feel more irreverent, more ironic and frequently use more curse words." Thingamababy is mentioned in the next sentence. I feel profanity is a crutch for a limited vocabulary. Trey Parker and Matt Stone are afforded an exception to this rule. And I suppose stubbing your toe tripping over a rocking horse in a darkened living room counts for something.
Now, admittedly, in my Playmobil Oddities post I did write, "Who the hell is in Playmobil’s focus groups?" That could be interpreted as profanity in a Brady Bunch sort of way, and it certainly is lazy. I apologize. However, I’m sticking up for the blogs in my blogroll (see the lower left column on this page) as clean and decent publications worthy of life in 1950s middle America (with exception of at least one mouthy mother who comes to mind).
And by the way, Eric Sagalyn of More Diapers probably talked about a lot of things in his interview, but the reporter focused on Eric’s sleep woes with his son Hayes and how a reader recommended the Amby Baby motion bed. *cough* Thankyouverymuch.
OK, I guess I gave the reporter an undeserved half-hearted reception. Here is a good point he made: blogs compensate for a loss of communal ties. Meaning, blogs fill a hole created as the role of churches and civic organizations change in society.
Blogs are certainly another method of connecting with like-minded individuals. Maybe peoples’ diversified interests are only now being recognized. You aren’t limited to talking with your neighbors or your bowling buddies or your church group. You can find people online who share a single interest, people you wouldn’t normally talk to because of their other interests, social circles, political leanings or religious affiliations.