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Single Dad Laughing

Updated on February 25, 2011

Single Dad Laughing, a delightful little surprise.

While I was checking my Friend Feed on Facebook the other day I happened across a link, which was posted by a friend, that was titled, “Worthless Women and the Men Who Make Them”.   I don’t know about you, but that one just made me want to click on it to take a look.  When I did I was delightfully surprised.  I found a little hidden secret called Single Dad Laughing.

Dan Pearce

Author of the Blog, Single Dad Laughing
Author of the Blog, Single Dad Laughing

Exploring the humorous side of divorce situations.

Single Dad Laughing is a Blog that is written from a single dad’s perspective. That single dad is Dan Pearce and his son is Noah. Both reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. The inception of the blog, Single Dad Laughing, was brought about as an outlet for Dan Pearce to express his thoughts and feelings after experiencing divorce for the second time, in perhaps a snarky, humorous way.

Who is Single Dad Laughing?

Dan Pearce describes himself, “My name is Dan.  Certainly no lady killer. I'd say I'm a solid six for looks and a three for personality, which makes me a high nine (right?!). Haha. Seriously though, I am a single dad. Married twice, and somehow single. I'm a good dad. I'm a good man. I'm a terrible fisherman. I know that someday the right love will find me again (the kind that doesn't leave me feeling like a smear on a toilet seat). I know that there are a lot of good women out there. And… lucky you. You get to follow me on my journey in fatherhood, love, and life. I am barely 30 years old. I am working out the final details of a divorce, and I'm really enjoying the fact that I'm back in the single saddle again (what choice do I have? mope? that doesn't sound so bad sometimes).”

Attacking trials with humor.

Single Dad Laughing  started out as a way for Dan Pearce to cope with the trials he was facing in his life.  His earlier posts like “The awesome awkwardness of announcing ‘the split’”, and   “I lost 700 lbs. in one day!” shed some light on the everyday situations that one going through a divorce might encounter with humor thrown in to spice it up. 

Humor turned to serious, and the readers increased.

It was not until Dan Pearce decided to tackle some more serious topics that his readership started to sky rocket.  His first post that erupted was one called “How much did YOUR kid cost?” In the post, which Dan Pearce calls a “Single Dad Ranting”, he discusses the insensitivity that people show to parents who have adopted a child.  He gives a list of 11 rules to follow titled, Single Dad Laughing’s Guide to Adoption Etiquette, with rule number one as “Never, ever, ever, ask how much a child costs.” He closes the post with the admonition, “Most people have good intentions but really say some horrible things without ever knowing it. This is one bit of education that needs to be passed on.”  And pass it on people did.  Almost overnight Single Dad Laughing became an Internet sensation. Dan Pearce received over 744 comments on his post, which was way above the average on his other posts.

The Not So Real Truth Behind Single Dad Laughing

The Disease Called Perfection

His next most popular post came when he published “The disease called ‘Perfection’”. He describes the post as, “a powerful and heart-breaking post that delves into the deception of perfection that constantly threatens our ability to be happy and feel good about ourselves.” In the beginning of the post he explains, “Today is not geared at funny. Today is geared at something greater. Read it to the very end. I promise you will be affected in a way you have always needed to be. I spent more than twelve hours writing this post because its message is that important to me.”

Something greater than funny worked!

His promise was true.  Over 3,642 comments later prove that it certainly struck a common chord for many of his readers.  Dan Pearce explains that the comments on this post touched him in a way that changed his life forever.  His tearful plea to his readers asking, “the good people of the world to find somebody to put their arm around and be ‘real’”, and to “realize how beautiful they are, even with all of their imperfections”, tugs at your heart.  He continues with, “This is me, sad and desperate for the girls in this world to love themselves. This is me, a very imperfect man, trying to help others feel a little more perfect by asking you to act a little less perfect.”

Single Dad Laughing

Dan and Noah Pearce
Dan and Noah Pearce

Single Dad Laughing a word of goodness.

Dan Pearce has a raw sense of beauty that shines through in his writing.  The popularity of Single Dad Laughing has shown that there is a need in the world for more of this positive goodness.  Still showing his humorous side, Dan Pearce continues to inspire others with his daily Blog posts.

I am glad I found Single Dad Laughing, and I am a married woman! I guess that just proves that Single Dad Laughing is for anyone who embraces goodness... check it out for yourself.


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    • Joel Diffendarfer profile image

      Joel Diffendarfer 

      4 years ago from Ft Collins, Colorado

      Great find! There's a reason you come so highly rated...well deserved. Thanks for the up on a down day...

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      7 years ago

      Dan Pearce are really admirable to be happy after all. But when you look at it, he should be happy because he had his son, his angel. He teach me a lot of things.

      I love this hub so much, more inspiring blog to come.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Sharing our stories to the world help others be inspired. Loved this review and on my way to check out his blog. Thanks and blessings to you always :)

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      Single Dad 

      7 years ago

      Wow...Very Nice!...I am heading right over to check out this blog! What a wonderful review you've written for Single Dad Laughing. We need more people like him in this world!...Thank you!

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      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      Hi Prairieprincess,

      I just recently was introduced to Single Dad Laughing and I have loved exploring his Blog. Dan Pearce seems like a very "down to earth" person, who struggles with life just like the rest of us. It is refreshing to see his posts about positive self esteem. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      8 years ago from Canada

      I have been receiving his updates on facebook for the last couple of months and really appreciate them. It was nice to learn something more about the man behind the page. Thanks for this!

    • In The Doghouse profile imageAUTHOR

      In The Doghouse 

      8 years ago from California

      Thanks Steph,

      Every once in a while you find a little hidden gem in the "Blogosphere" and Single Dad Laughing is one of them. I loved his positive posts about self worth, and value... and I loved his humorous approach at every day living too. I am not the targeted group that he probably set out to capture, but I still love his thoughts, and think they are appropriate for any group!

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Wow - I am heading right over to check out this blog! What a wonderful review you've written for Single Dad Laughing. We need more people like him in this world! Best, Steph


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