Dad Blogs - Jumping Into The World of Blogging
Documenting my joys and fears of becoming a first time father,
When I found out my wife was pregnant almost 9 months ago, I was beyond elated. I’m going to be a dad!, I thought with a big smile on my face. After a while the reality and responsibility awaiting me set in, I’m going to be a dad…I can’t even keep track of my car keys. I began to worry. It wasn't that I didn't want to be a dad, it was just the opposite, could I be a dad?
In my mid thirties and without children, I worried that I was too far set in my ways for this drastic change There were plenty of people to turn to. Family, friends, and coworkers with kids all began giving me advice, I’m very thankful for them doing so. But there was another source of support that has helped me deal with my fears and worries. The Bar….no I’m kidding, The Dad Blogs.
There is an infinite source of wisdom on the Internet by dads for dads. At first it was a bit overwhelming, countless blogs littered my search results, I had no idea where to begin. There are old dads, young dads, single dads, gay dads, black dads, white dads, and all other walks of life dads with one common goal in mind, being a dad.
One thing I learned very quickly was that what I’m feeling is normal; being worried is actually a good thing, it means I care. Some of the blogs were very funny, some very serious. There’s something for everyone out there.
Having never been a blogger before, I stepped into the vast blogosphere with cautious little posts, one or two paragraphs at a time as I began to get comfortable with the situation. As I wrote, I found it therapeutic to write posts as our journey through the trimesters progressed, and even started making light of my wife’s sometimes erratic behavior. (I may have thrown her under the bus a few times). I still wouldn't call myself an expert by any means, but I've learned a few things along the way.
- There are many great people out there in the blogging world
- Honest, truthful posts are generally well received
- Pregnant women are an excellent source of humor
- I am not the first man to be afraid of the first diaper change
After a few weeks I started getting feedback, helpful and insightful comments. I joined groups and became a part of a growing community, learning from others as I shared my experiences along the way.
I think the best part of this whole blogging experience will be going back to read the posts, from my early and naive thoughts of the first trimester, through the roller coaster of emotions of the second, into the third and up until D-day which is quickly approaching in a few weeks. And I plan to continue posting as a new dad, documenting our learning experience as first time parents. Yep, I guess I’m a blogger now…