It is a few minutes after two on a Friday afternoon and the work week is slowly…drawing…to…a…close. I’d like to say that I have rounded third and am flying towards home with a full head of steam but that is not quite true, not this week.
So as I fling myself headfirst towards home plate I can only hope that momentum will take me home. Alternatively I can make like Dave Parker barreling into Steve Yeager. Or better yet Bo Jackson taking Brian Bosworth for a ride.
Enough with the sports analogies and on to the topic of the daddy blogger community. It is a funny thing, to me, this daddy blogger community. I have been blogging for six years. And for six years I have filled these pages with daddy blogger content, but it is only within the last year or so that I have begun to be interested in the daddy blogger community.
Can’t tell you why because I am not exactly sure. But I suspect that much of it has to do with certain life experiences. Passing 40 was harder than I expected it to be. It was just a bad year, much of it had nothing to do with age, but circumstances. Yep, I was a victim of circumstances.
Anyway, the reasons why don’t really matter much. What I know is that I stumbled into a community at the same time as a bunch of other guys and I am really glad that I did. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t lack friends in the so called real world but it is tough to find time to get together with the boys. We are like everyone else, running from place to place. Work, family and all of the normal responsibilities make it a bitch to find a few minutes of free time.
But the blogosphere isn’t impacted by time in the same way. Blogs and Twitter aren’t subject to time constraints. They are always open and they provide opportunities to forge relationships that are different than those we have IRL.
See, here in cyberspace relationships proceed at a slightly different pace. Some of us share stories about our lives that wouldn’t otherwise be told. Sometimes we talk about fears and insecurities that we might not share in person.
And here in cyberspace there is a community of men who support each other. Dads who blog, daddy bloggers who you can ask for help in a quieter fashion than might be available elsewhere. And that truly is valuable because we don’t like to ask for help.
As a man it is hard to show weakness and fear. We are socialized not to and taught that doing so makes us a target. But that is a topic for a different day.
Anyway, it is time to get back to work so that when that whistle blows I can try and relax and play with the kids. Back later to grab that virtual beer with the boys.