Blogging Isn’t Dead, Redux: Stories Reach Farther As Options Expand

Doug FrenchFatherhood on Friday

For the first time since we started highlighting the writing of online dads in our weekly Porchlight Posts, none of this week’s fab five is written, in the traditional sense. Instead, we’ve selected a podcast, a YouTube video, and three Instagram posts.

It’s important to emphasize here that we’re not throwing in the towel on the written word. We love words. Words are why we got into this business so very long ago, when Y2K was a clear and present danger and WYSIWYG was an arcane marvel. We’re still pumping these newsletters out every Friday, and since we last wrote about the changing face of blogging back in August, our readership here (thanks to you) has more than tripled. Big w00ts all around!

We’re just excited that stories of fatherhood are spreading so virally, because that wouldn’t happen without viral videos. And really: What’s the difference between a blog post with an added picture, and an Instagram post with a longer caption? It’s all just storytelling, whether one of the world’s most famous men eulogizes his father, or someone who doesn’t even use his real name online achieves a new level of comfort with their gender identity.

And now, it’s all more available to more people in more formats than ever before.

If anything, blogging is getting more expressive, more nuanced, and more personal. Pictures can say everything when the caption is in a foreign language. Podcasts let you hear the inflection and emotion in a writer’s voice. Videos offer myriad opportunities to be instructive or silly or heartfelt in ways that words can’t.

If you’re about to become a new dad, you’ve got a massive collection of online lore as a resource that was unheard of as few as ten years ago. Read (and listen and watch) all about it.

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IN THE NEWS

On MLKDay, Martin Luther King III writes about his father’s legacy. “Dad wanted to eradicate from this nation poverty, racism, militarism, and violence. That quest is even more necessary now.”

A new study correlates a diet high in fish oil with men’s fertility, since sperm cells contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acid. 

Having a tough time with toilet training? Consider becoming your kid’s hype man.

Ten dads raised £7,264 for a children’s hospice in Manchester with many fundraising projects, including a beefcake calendar called “Streaky Behinders.”

After watching his dad fight so hard to beat leukemia, 13-year-old Floyd Korzan started the Relentless Pledge, urging others to push through obstacles and pursue their dreams.

Our friend Julie Jargon had an interesting discussion with some teenagers about the stresses and FOMO that keep our kids strongly ambivalent to social media.

Newly retired Giants QB Eli Manning actually said “Goodness gracious” when he saw that his daughter was getting interested in sports.

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband Justin Mikita are expecting a child, the first of what perhaps could become a “Kate Gosselin situation.”

All the love for Nikki and His Five Sixxes, who he says more than make up for growing up without his own father around.

PORCHLIGHT POSTS

“You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad, and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son.” — The Rock, Instagram post

“Parenthood is complicated enough and crazy enough as it is, and if you add the undead trying to eat you, it just seemed like a good time.” — James Breakwell to Brock Lusch, The NOMADad podcast

“I no longer worry about sharing that I’m trans with people I meet to explain why I may be more emotional or have a higher voice or any number of reasons. I am me. Period. Love me or leave me.” — Spencer Hanson, Instagram post

“What I’ve learned in my few years of parenting is that we just gotta keep showing up. Even when they keep saying no, or not reciprocating or responding … just keep at it.” — Ryan Walton, Instagram post

You’re going to make mistakes. A lot of them. We all do as parents. And what you have to realize is you don’t have to be a perfect parent to be a good one.” — Jason Kreidman, First-Time Dad Advice To Enjoy Your Baby

‘GRAM OF THE WEEK

 

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