Wednesday, January 23, 2008

am i daddy blogger?

am i a 'daddy blogger'? or are they called 'papa bloggers'? (some, who are not very particular about being politically correct, might call them soppy, middle-aged men dealing with a combination problem of a mid-life crisis and premature balding!)

when i look around in the blogospehere i notice that there are quite a few 'mommy bloggers' out there. so now i know about kids taking their first step, the kiddies day out, the tantrums, and so many other life-enriching details of kids and their moms. some of these 'supermoms' also maintain multiple blogs with one focused only on their kid. and they are maintaining these blogs in the midst of juggling with career, home, kids, family, extended families, pets, hobbies and so much more. (i have this hypothesis that most blogs dedicated to specific kids are maintained by moms with single kids. is this true?)

but i don't see too many 'daddy bloggers'. i mean, there are many male bloggers out there. but then we men are all busy saving the world, analysing the stock markets, dishing out economic theories, discussing the relative merits of new phone/car/laptop models. you know, the usual stuff. our wives are worrying about small details like bringing up kids, schooling them, managing the household, balancing the domestic budget; while we are busy worrying about the fiscal budget, global oil prices, global warming, the US presidential elections and such-like weighty matters.

and have you noticed how most mommy bloggers have some kind of sisterhood of their own. i don't know of any such brotherhood of male bloggers (and i don't think tys' and my new cult initiative with our membership of one each counts)! but have you also noticed how mommy bloggers have a legion of fan followers (and not all the fans are mommys or women either!)? so its not only the single lady bloggers who have scores of lascivious male followers posting appreciative comments and trying to sound intellectual and humorous at the same time. (again, tys and i are excused because we are only trying to woo members into our cult. ladies, did i mention earlier, but membership is free for you for a limited period only? and the limited period expires as soon as i get 100 lady members! that would ensure i also have about 1000 faithful male members too! :P)

but i must confess here that i do tend to keep waxing eloquent about my kids on my blog at every opportunity. which is very often. does that make me a soppy, balding, middle-aged guy who's fast approaching mid-life crisis? maybe. (well actually, yes.)

but the learnings and experiences that i have gained from my kids is something that i would never have had otherwise. and i am leading a happier, fuller life. thanks to them. and if i am called a 'daddy blogger' because of my irrational need to share this with the world at large and get my dose of daily attention and adulation, i think its a small price to pay :)

p.s. let me clarify, at the grave risk of losing many potential lady members, that the pic i have inserted in this post is not mine :(

13 comments:

Gazal said...

your honesty is appreciated.

btw if i may add a bit of correction
"but then we men are all busy saving the world,........ you know, the usual stuff. our wives are worrying about all the BIGGER THINGS like bringing up kids, schooling them, managing the household, balancing the domestic budget; while we are busy worrying about the TRIVIAL MATTERS LIKE fiscal budget,..... US presidential elections "

'daddy bloggers' is an interesting term....have you copywrited it???

Thinking aloud said...

term 'daddy blogger' is cute...that should get you some brownie points...:)

i object to the third stanza...:)domestic budget...its meant to be balanced? ;)...

u r right, there are not many daddy bloggers...i wonder why :(
dads pls go ahead and blog about your papa moments!! it sure would be a revelation!!!

Prats said...

Just thought i'd give you some thing to write about- yourself ....hop on over ot my space and see for yourself

Tys on Ice said...

thnks for the plug...but i do hve a daddy blogger in my blog roll...metrodad...and he's cool..

u shud read him...

Prats said...

There is nothing wrong in wanting to let the others know about your kids.
Moms do it more cos they live their lives thru kids. The kids are in their bloodstream, and no offense to the men! but they do stick to the smaller issuse of saving the world and stock market and stuf....

Having said this, its refreshing to read about kids, in any blog, whether it comes form the mom or the dad...

Ziah said...

@tys - yo tys! I was just thinking of metro dad!:)

@GP - heheheh! Thats not you??? Damn!:(
Whatever club you float, I'm your lawyer, okay?:) And I charge you goodwill as a fee?? Deal?

Besides, you guys are also daddy bloggers... you write on n off about your lil bachcha parties (I remember sports day) and our tys also writes sooooo much about OIPM:)

Joy said...

Hey everything seems fine except
" but then we men are all busy saving the world" :) :)
Enjoy your fatherhood and mommy blogs is not be restricted to single-kid mom.

Thinking aloud said...

hmm...i was sure I had given my two cents on this...:(

TPZ proved that men can cry...now we find daddy bloggers are cool ...

that said,It IS very refreshing to read how a parent feels...

@ ziah...adding on to your 18 hr workdays, 'lawyering' a club?.tsk..tsk... :)

Guruprasad said...

@gazal : the 'bigger' and 'smaller' was all just tongue-in-cheek! we guys are always so hung-up about size ;)

@TA : have been on the road for almost 2 weeks now! hence the delay in posting and commenting. pls excuse!
i think most dads don't much like the idea of being daddy bloggers! they find the whole thing too mushy. i guess.

@prats : will check it out! and i do agree. men should realise that spending time and maybe even blogging about your kids can be a great destresser.

@tys : will check metrodad out!

@ziah : will definitely need a lawyer when we start getting sued for taking potshots at so many people :P
i guess i'm in safe hands!

@joy : i agree it should not be restricted, but statistics seems to show otherwise.
but we men are busy saving the world... i mean we mess it up ourselves too... n then go around saving it... keeps us occupied so that we feel useful n all that!

rads said...

Daddy bloggers are quite the rare find, and hence make interesting reads. Especially if they throw in humor from the real world out in the posts :)

You forgot another breed of female bloggers - moms but don't subscribe to typical "mommy blogger" roles :)

Guruprasad said...

@rads : i agree about the different breed of moms. and we need more of them.
i stopped over at your blog and found it an interesting read. i'd call you a 'mixed breed'! :)

the mad momma said...

i think there are plenty of mommy bloggers who blog abt things other than their kids, but still stick with the title...

as for daddy bloggers. the biggest parent bloggers (dooce aside) currently are daddy bloggers - metrodad and sweet juniper. They absolutely rock. i also read adventure dad and another two SAH dads called Chris and Phil. they seem to write with a lot more humour than we do. among the indian daddy bloggers there is also Sundar. Have you read his blog?

and finally - you're serious? that picture is NOT you? then this is definitely my last visit here ! :p

Guruprasad said...

@tmm : must check out those other blogs you mention.
my actual pic is even sexier. i didn't put it up here since i didn't want to be flooded with indecent proposals :P