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Dad Blogs - Jumping Into The World of Blogging

Updated on February 25, 2013

My Blog

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 dadI 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…


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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Mary, happy to be here!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Alecia, I'm learning a lot already, and loving being a dad!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Welcome to the world of parenthood. It is the most rewarding job in the world, but the hardest!

      Good luck.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I feel like dads blogging is one of the best things to happen. Even before the internet took off- we knew the plight of a mom but dads are more of a mystery. If you believed every sitcom there was- dads do the bare minimum but I know that's not true. My dad did some heavy lifting growing up when my mom was working or in the case of the immunization center, too nervous. Good luck with your blog and good luck with the little one!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Jaye, I can't wait to meet the little guy!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks xstatic, I'm not sure when I'll find the time, but I will surely have enough material! Glad to hear you and your daughter are doing well after all these years!

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I'm looking forward to reading your blog, weestro, and I think "dad blogs" are a great addition to the blogosphere. "Way back when" I was having babies, most dads weren't as hands-on as young dads are these days. I think it's a great improvement.

      One thing I can tell you for certain: when you first see your new baby, it will be love at first sight. As time goes on you will become more comfortable with your wee one, but (sorry to tell you this) you will develop new fears with each age phase. Regardless of the worry, you will not regret becoming a father.

      I hope you will have time to write a hub about "d-day."

      Voted Up+++


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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      What a great thing to do! I became a dad literally overnight at age 48 when the adoption agency called and told us that "A baby was born yesterday, can you pick her up tomorrow"? She is now 24 and doing well, as am I. It will be interesting to see how much time you have to blog, maybe in the middle of the night when you lie awake listenting to the baby monitor? I was always first one up for that.

      Congratulations too!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Bill, I will share what little I know!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Becky, I will keep that in mind!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks Carol, having fun as I learn!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well welcome to blogging and good luck. We need more good dads like you, so share your wisdom and hopefully you can help others out there.

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I told you that you would be an awesome dad. You will and the main reason that you will is because you have a sense of humor and you're worrying about whether you will be. You will need the sense of humor to help you through some days. Just do your best and look at it as if you have a new dog to take care of. Love them and play with them and you will cry, the first time you have to punish them. That is ok, it just means you care.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Very honest and fun. You did a great job..and congrats and good luck with being a new dad.