February 11, 2016

Dads We Love on the Social Web

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:

Stop Picking Daisies – Father’s Day Life Lessons

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?

About Samantha Gluck

Not only am I the chief editor of this multi-author online magazine, I'm a content creator and social media marketing strategist with a background in journalism, finance, & healthcare. I began my content marketing agency, All Media Freelance, LLC, in 2010 and lead a well-rounded, talented team of multi-channel content strategists and niche writers. I've developed and managed print and digital content projects for health care, fitness, financial services, mental health, non-profit, and automotive publishers, as well as for biotechnology brands.


  1. Amy and Sam, you just totally made my day. Thanks so much for putting my mug up on your site. This is the first time I’ve made any kind of list like this, so now I feel like I’ve made it. :)
    Andrew Kardon recently posted..10 Ways to Stay Focused and Motivated While You WorkMy Profile

    • Andrew! No daddy freelancer list would be complete without you on it! You give us lots of glitter for sparklin’ and shining. Thanks for being such an amazing friend and sharing your writing talents with our team. You RAWK!

  2. Thank you Sam, and also to you Prof for the wonderful pat on the back you have given to DaddyBloggers everywhere and the ones you have showcased here! Your influence is felt in every aspect of the freelance community and I personally have been helped by your tips and techniques. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks Dragonslayer…we’re happy to have you as part of the freelance community (even if you do wait way too long between posts). ;-)

      • Thank *YOU* DS!…Only too happy to oblige–especially for a phenomenal father of (*count em*!) SEVEN outstanding children & future citizens. Hope that you, your bodacious wife & bountiful family enjoy every second of this Father’s Day weekend! <3

        • I am spending today the way I love the best-with my entire family! Thank you, Amy, for all you have done and for what you do every day! Sam couldn’t do it wthout you. I love ya Prof!!
          We all have to get together soon!

          now you and Sam get back to work


  3. I’m honored to be included in such awesome company, Samantha. Thank you so much. If I helped you when you were getting started with social media I’m very happy. Clearly your star has risen fast and high since then. Sending you all the best!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Michael, but it’s Amy and I who are honored to know you and call you friend. Thank you for all you have done for me, for other dads, and for sharing your wisdom. XO

  4. Thanks to all of these new media dads for keeping it real every day & keeping us coming back to read more…You are the raddest of dads! XO

  5. I’m so honored and truly appreciate this tribute to dads. And thanks for turning me on to other great follows like yourselves. Happy Father’s Day everyone!
    Wade Finnegan recently posted..New site under constructionMy Profile

    • You are very welcome Wade! You guys are inspiration…Hope that you have a fantastic Father’s Day weekend–you’ve earned it!

    • Amy’s right…you guys all inspire us. I keep thinking of other dads that we forgot to include. It would have taken forever to include everyone. But I hope that you and all fathers out there keep it close in your hearts that dads matter — they matter a LOT. I think I can speak for Amy as well as myself when I say that we’d be lost souls if it weren’t for the guidance and guardianship of our dear fathers.

  6. Tom Matlack says:

    Thanks for including me on the list!

  7. Thanks so much Sam and Amy – what an amazing group of dads to be included in! But more importantly how wonderful to know two people as generous as the both of you! In the spirit of back and forth promise you both glitter and sparkle whenever appropriate!

    Cheers (and sincere thanks), Jim
    Jim Dougherty recently posted..The (slight) difference between Zagat and Yelp informing searchMy Profile

    • You are just so sweet, Jim. And — you don’t have to promise us anything, but that you’ll stay your wonderful, grace-filled self. We feel so fortunate to know you and honored that you stopped by to share your thoughts. XO

  8. See!…This is exactly why we love this daddy. Jim, you are one of the nicest New Media Men out there. So appreciate your taking the time to stop by FWD & leave a comment so our readers can get a taste of your sweet sweet ripple ice cream soda. XO XO (not sure exactly what that means, Jim…something about you just makes me want to dive head first into a root beer float!)
    Amy Shoultz, Phd recently posted..Eliminating Stress As a Freelancer and Other Impossibilities of LifeMy Profile

  9. Ashleen Moreen says:

    I adore all Dads out there and I really appreciate their efforts as a bread winner of the family. I always love and adore my dad for being such a very nice person, loving and caring. Thanks for sharing this following groups of Dads which inspires me a lot.
    Ashleen Moreen recently posted..nice readMy Profile

    • Thanks Ashleen for your kinds words to all the dads out there. They’re the rock our lives are built upon. I miss my own father everyday and am so grateful to have been graced with such a dad and a wonderful childhood. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to share.

  10. Listen, this Little Blogging Princess wants to know which one of these fantastic blogging men is single? I am now in blogging father love!
    Amy Tippins recently posted..Girl Interrupted, But Not Broken by Inherited DiseaseMy Profile

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