Here at Freelance Writing Dreams (FWD) as well as at our parent company, All Media Freelance, LLC, we love dads. We especially adore the new breed of father out there – the emotionally and physically present dads who enrich our lives and those of their kids in a big way – every day.
We adore these bold New Media Dads for going where few men dare to go. We thank them for sharing their adventures in balancing fatherhood and business, triumphs and travails alike, for the whole digital world to see.
In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve put together this list of great daddy bloggers and the dadpreneurs we love over here at FWD. We know most of these dads either personally (face to face) or over the wire, unless otherwise noted by an *. In that case, they’re dads on the social Web who ROCK so hard, we just had to include them anyway.
Creed Anthony – Anthony is our resident armchair journalist, sports aficionado, and crazy-involved father and daddy blogger. He’s got some boss ideas cookin’. Don’t miss out. Find him at The Captain’s Log – Tales from the Poop Deck and Life of Dad. Tweet with him @acjlist.
Michael Schmid – This is not your mommy’s blog! This super sweet Dallas hunk (Yes, he’s happily married ladies — to a gorgeous gal.) made Samantha feel at home on Twitter when she first began her foray into social media. We’re forever grateful. Find him at A Daddy Blog. Tweet him up @adaddyblog.
Thomas Matlack* – A dad dedicated to helping men become…well…better men (and by default, better dads). That’s a mission that both Sam & Amy can get behind. Find him at The Good Men Project. Flutter your feathers with him @TMatlack.
Darren Rowse – An Oz dadpreneur with a heart for humanity and a talent for inspiring new entrepreneurs (like us). This entrepreneurial powerhouse has made it; yet, he’s still in the trenches – accessible and approachable. Love Darren. Find him at ProBlogger. Chirp at him @problogger.
Brian Clark – Sam can’t say enough about this dadpreneur. He has inspired, helped, advised, teased, and awed her into letting her sparkle shine. Now, even Amy has become smitten. A native Texan who moved to Boulder to escape the heat – ya can’t escape our heat, Bri! You can run, but you can’t hide. Connect with Clark at Copyblogger. Tweet him up @copyblogger.
Robert Caruso – An amazing father and friend (first things first folks), but also a great dadpreneur. He’s the founder and CEO of BundlePost – the official social media management tool of All Media Freelance, LLC and RebelSpark®. Find him at BundlePost and Social Graphics. Chirp in his ear, @BundlePost & @fondalo, where he will give your twitter-feed a fistful of BOOM and an overdose of caffeine.
Jim Dougherty – A true leader – this dadpreneur delivers a delectable mix of radical engagement social media salad that just makes you say “yum”. He’s got that spark that can start a fire – that RebelSpark® – Fire Spreads. Check out his story at LeadersWest. Get all up in his sweet Twitter stream, @leaderswest, for living, breathing proof that nice guys finish first.
Mike Johnson* - Playground Dads is a collective of four rad dads dedicated to spending better time with their children. Tweet with the founder of this movement for a new generation of time-sensitive dads @playgrounddad. And check out their website Playground Dad for some mad resources to help you maximize your dad time.
Charlie & Andy, The Dads* – These two are more dudes than dads…Psych! Charlie Capen and Andy Herald make no bones about being the last guys that you should come to for parenting advice. But, they are giving it their best shot every day and crack us up with their wit and wisdom. They’re all over Twitter @HowToBeADad and dispensing their questionable tips on marriage and fatherhood at How to Be a Dad.
Richard Besser* – This doc dad has crazy-slick info about health and wellness for all you dads out there needing a little bit of a boost in the fitness department. Check him out on ABC News and tap a tweet his way @DrRichardBesser.
Richard Jaramillo (RJ) – Word. This California single dad has built an empire around his love of fatherhood. This site offers all manner of resources and super cool activities for single parents (not necessarily just dads, y’all). He loves cooking and plans to expand his empire thusly (we enjoy using words like “thusly”). Check out Single Dad – Make Life Happen…Again and give RJ a peep on Twitter at @RJSingleDad.
Andrew Kardon – This freelance writing, Muppet loving, sushi-savoring dad’s got some pumped up tricks. Not only does he have the talent, he’s got the sparkly attitude going on that we love here at FWD. Don’t miss this superstar! Find him at Andrew Kardon or have a tweetversation (yeah, we just made that up – just now) with him @AndrewKardon.
Wade Finnegan – An educator and freelance writer extraordinaire – this outdoorsman of Oregon can give the punch to your prose that you’re missing. He loves hanging with the family and getting up at ungodly hours to go fishing. Find this dandy dad at Quality Writing Business or hit him up with a tweet @QualityWriting.
John Nosta – This brainy health care writer is actively changing the face of marketing in healthcare. This proud scientific daddy has got some grey matter to pass onto his kidlets. Seriously, y’all, his mind will take your breath away. Check it out at John Nosta: Thinkology or chirp some brainy thoughts his way using his aptly named handle @JohnNosta.
Dr. David Fraser – don’t let the fancy title fool you, this author and PhD has got the human touch. And as a dad of three, he needs it. Sam and Amy have both had the benefit of his counsel on Relationship Mastery for Business Professionals — let’s put it this way…we just do whatever he says! Become master of your own domain when you follow him on Twitter @DrDavidFraser. Or go deep at David Fraser, PhD. Warning: you will never be the same.
Duane Gluck – We can’t leave out brand spanking new daddy blogger, the Dragonslayer himself, and husband to Samantha. His site is barely off the ground (fewer than 5 posts so far). The hot mix of topics brewing on The G-Spot puts the “brew” in Hebrew. Keep this blue-eyed hoss on your radar. He hits it hard – like a “G” should.
Amy doesn’t have a New Media Dad all her own—not yet, anyway—but she doesn’t mind. Amy’s old-school Dad is a bona fide piece-of-work. When they made him, they literally broke the mold. If you’re unfamiliar with the legend that is Dr. Charles Shoultz, we’ve included this tribute:
This Father’s Day, Sam and Amy tip their feathered cowgirl hats in honor of all Dad-Badassery. We are willing to bet that you’ve got a dad, a stepdad, a granddad, or even a doggie-dad who you think is the cat’s meow…drop us a line, a link, a comment, or commentary to let FWD readers know about him.
In the words of Sam’s favorite quote from her dad, “How do you expect me to sparkle if you don’t give me any glitter?” ~ Milton T. Blackwell (1903 – 2001)
We are dying to know: Who loves their daddy?