Thursday, 31 December 2009

Ten of the best!

It's been an eventful year in blog-land. There have been league-tables, newspaper features, magazine make-overs - even TV interviews! Having started writing this drivel just over a year and-a-half ago (largely to keep far flung members of the family informed of Charlie's doings and to prevent my brain from atrophying) I've found myself on the receiving end of certain PR invitations too. I've been asked to try stuff, watch stuff, drive stuff, go to stuff and even get-stuffed. (They're just the ones I decline.) Mummy-blogging has started to become something of a phenomenon. And the daddy's aren't slacking either. Here, to end the year, is a small selection of some of the best daddy-blogger posts from 2009. Some sites will be familiar, others less so. What they all have in common is that they chart the fascinating journey of child-rearing from a dad's perspective.

Here's my pick of some of the best daddy-blogger posts of 2009.

In The Longest Day Brit out of Water describes a familiar terror as he is left alone for the first time with his ten week old daughter. Dumdad is the monika of an ex-pat Englishman in Paris. His post Ironing Bored will strike a chord with anyone who hates domestic art of trouser-pressing.

Meanwhile, Nota Bene has a week off all domestic duties as his son goes to Army Cadet Camp. But on his return as the Conquering Hero the contents of his army kit-bag are liberally strewn over the sitting room floor. Alex (aka Daddacool) recounts the tale of his son Strutting His Stuff at the childminders, while Paul celebrates a ten week old milestone with farting, burping, and TV dinners in his post Manchild.

Ian 'SingleParentDad' writes movingly about loss, grieving and helping and being helped by his son Max in My Turn. Darrell's picture-post Another Fine Mess speaks for itself and looks remarkably similar to our own living room after a day of Charlie play.

Like me, Dad at Home left his paid job in 2008 to be a... what, exactly? Whatever you do, don't call him a househusband. And on the subject of language, it's remarkable how similar the words 'bus' and 'bum' can be, especially when being shouted out by Charlie. Finally, some music. Well, the lyrics anyway. I'm sure you can provide the tune as Jamie gets to work on a stay-at-home version of the Queen classic, called Housebandian Rhapsody.

And that's just the beginning. If you've got a favourite post (written by or about a dad) then add it to the link below. And here's to another great year's blogging! Happy 2010!


  1. Happy 2010 to you, the Dotterel and to you and yours! Thanks for the links...some of them I know...I'm off now to investigate....

  2. An excellent selection of Daddy blog's. I've added dan's blog to your Mr Linky. May go back andf add Dad Who Writes - also brilliant.

    Happy New Year! Look forward to seeing you soon.

  3. Thanks Hadriana - and the same to you and yours!

    It's a small selection, Rosie, so please feel free to add as many as you can. And here's to a great 2010!

  4. I'll have to check them out, but, first just want to wish my favorite Brit dad and his charming clan a very Happy New Year!

    See you in 2010!

  5. Great selection. I'm having some trouble with twitter this morning - I tried to RT your callout but for some reason it's saying you're not following me, and neither is anyone else. I don't think that's true!

  6. How brilliant to hear of all these fantastic daddy-bloggers. There is a lot of PR companies out there vying for attention and they always seem to know you personally, having obviously been reading your blog for some time....!

    Best wishes from a mummy blogger to a daddy blogger.

    CJ xx

  7. Thanks Liz. Don't know what's up with Twitter, but I'm still following you - honest!

    Well, those that bother to read it do CJ.... but I've had a few that haven't even bothered to get my name right!

    Thanks for your good wishes CJ.

  8. Thanks, Serena. You're my biggest fan!

    A happy new year to you and Zip and Tizzy too!

  9. Happy New Year Tim, as always some fantastic posts there. Wishing you all a wonderful 2010!

  10. Happy New Year, Tim! Will 2010 the year for a new book from you? Really hope so. Ciao. A.

  11. Happy 2010, i've tagged you into a meme over at mine...enjoy x

  12. Thanks Liz, and the same to you too!

    Well, there are two more coming out in 2010 Antonella - Discovering the UK and Discovering India. But they're aimed at the primary-school market. Don't think that was quite what you had in mind.... But you never know. Happy New Year!

    Thanks WoB. I'm going there now to take a look!

  13. You always come up with great stuff I just love your site you are very talented I’ll recommend your site to my friends and family members great job very appreciated..keep it up..

  14. Always great to have some new blogs to peruse.

  15. Thanks for this - some great blogs to be reminded of!

    All the best for 2010!

  16. You're very kind Saksham, and thanks for the recommendation.

    Too many blogs, too little time... I think that'll be written on my grave Heather. There's so much good stuff out there!

    Thanks Catharine, and the same to you and your family.

  17. I havent been over for a while..lost your link when my blogroll died....lost so many links too...

    Happy new year to you and yours!!

  18. Glad you found me again FFF! Like you, I had a major blog-roll failure and have had to build it up again site-by-site. It's been a long, hard job. Which makes me even more pleased when old friends drop by!

    Happy new year to you, too.

  19. Lovely even more for me to read!

  20. Plenty of time with all snow, Pippa! Enjoy them all.

  21. Greetings,

    Thanks for sharing this link - but unfortunately it seems to be not working? Does anybody here at have a mirror or another source?


  22. Unfortunately Pete, the free McLinky tools are no longer available, but if you've got the address of a favourite dads blog, post it here instead.


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