Dad Blogs Exposed! – 8BitDad






Now for the triumphant return of Dad Blogs Exposed! I’ve been on vacation the pat couple weeks and was too lazy and relaxed to pre-schedule any posts. The backlash I received was overwhelming (zero messages) so I’m rushing to get thinkgs back to normal!

This week I am going to introduce you to two of my favourite online characters! They are characters in many senses of the word but I’ll try to explain all that in this expose.

8BitDad is co-operated by Zach Rosenberg and Bryan Ferguson and they bill their site as “The Modern Parent’s Source For Real Fatherly Opinions”. It took me awhile to really sit down and take a look at their site but once I stepped into their world, I was completely hooked.

They tackle subjects from Human Rights to Dad issues from across the globe and are strong advocates for parental equality in advertising and media. Just recently, in a post entitled “Bad Dadvertising: Oscar Mayer And McGarryBowen” they took on the folks at Oscar Mayer for their string of commercials in which they made Dad look like a complete buffoon.

Zach and Bryan are about as real as it gets in that they will share their opinion with anyone, at any time, on any subject. That’s not to say they are bullies or jerks, they just don’t hide behind the invisibility cloak that is the internets. Actually, they are very respectful when presenting a counter argument, unless you really piss them off, haha. If these guys don’t like what you’re putting out there, you can bet you’ll be tagged in the next episode of their video show.

Speaking of that show, it’s pretty awesome. There aren’t a lot of other Dad bloggers making videos so they’ve made a bit of a side niche out of creating them. They general recap the week’s posts from their own blog and discuss other issues going on in the Dad Blogging community, which is great to hear about. As mentioned, the other cool thing is that if they mention you, good or bad, they will tag you on Twitter to let you know. At least it gives you the chance to present a rebuttal if you don’t like what’s being said.

I’ve included a video of one of their latest episodes for you to peek at. It’s about 50 minutes long so I don’t expect you to watch the whole thing, plus I’m sure the 8BitDad guys would appreciate a visit to their site if you’re going to watch. Just a quick warning for my readers, that their videos do contain explicit lyrics and should not be watched in the presence of young children.

Also, don’t be frightened by the pink robe, a Dude’s gotta be comfortable, right??

On a personal level, I have been interacting with the 8BD’s more and more frequently and now feel like their Canadian Ambassador. Seriously though, I’ve had nothing but awesome talks with these guys and they are as addicted to Twitter as I am, which is always nice. Other than mocking me for the Country I live in (like they should talk, haha), they have been nothing but respectful to me and for a new guy, I really appreciate that.

In closing, if Dad Blogging had Power Rankings like sports, Zach and Bryan would be climbing the charts quickly while flipping us all a double Shaka Brah!

I hope you’ll check out their site, 8BitDad and also take some time to follow them on Twitter @8BitDads and on Facebook. They also have a Zazzle store with some cool stuff in it, you can check that out Right Here!

That’s all for today’s Dad Blogs Exposed! I hope you enjoyed the feature and I’ll see you next week!


Dad Blogs Exposed! – Busy Dad Blog

After a great response from my first Dad Blogs Exposed feature, I’ve decided that this one is here to stay!

This week I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Dad Bloggers. Jim Lin is the Dad/Blogger/Ninja behind the very popular Busy Dad Blog!

Jim is a very active father of two kids and is relentlessly funny! Busy Dad was one of the very first Dad Blogs I came across and is one of the reasons I decided to start blogging in the first place.

One of my favorite parts of the Busy Dad Blog is the Lunchbox Daily feature that Jim does. Everyday, he draws a picture on his son’s lunchbox before he sends him off to school. The pictures are seriously bad-ass and only further prove my point about how cool it must be to have him for a Dad! Here’s a Sneak Peek at one of the amazing pictures!

Amazing right? Not that he wants people stealing his ideas but if you can draw and want to do something like this, he gets his supplies from the fine folks at Mabel’s Labels! Don’t worry Jim, I have NO drawing skills whatsoever, so your feature is safe my from site!

In sports, Jim would be considered your classic “5 Tool” player. No, I’m not calling him a tool! His posts range from funny, intelligent, sincere & downright ridiculous at times! He makes great videos, such as this one of his baby doing the popular sport of Parkour!

I think the only thing he’s not doing at this point is producing a Podcast and I’m not even sure that he isn’t doing that! It would definitely be worth checking out if he is though, lol!

One of the most important things I’ve noticed about Jim is that he seems like a genuinely nice human being. He doesn’t know me from the next Canadian Dad Blogger but he always treats me with respect in all of our interactions on Twitter, email or even on his blog.

Jim is a testament to the Dad blogging community and I really encourage you to check out his page. That sounds a little butt-kissy but I mean it, he’s a really cool dude!

You can catch up with Jim on Twitter @BusyDadBlog and on Facebook. He also writes at the Pop Culture site Mama Pop.

I hope you enjoyed today’s feature! Feel free to leave Jim any love messages in the comments section and I hope you’ll come back and visit again!


I’m Heading To #BlissdomCanada For My First Blogging Conference!

I’ve decided to take the Canadian Dad show on the road this October, where I will be attending my very first Blogging Conference. That conference is called Blissdom Canada and I couldn’t be more excited!

I didn’t know what to expect when I started blogging. It looked like a great way to keep a lasting record of my trials and tribulations in raising kids but it has provided my with so much more!

From meeting incredible bloggers and brands to making great friendships with an incredible Dad Blogging community, blogging has given me a new perspective on parenting and a new kind of voice. Anyone who knows me in real life will agree that I have a LOT to say, whether it is useful information or not, lol.

I have no idea what to expect from my trip to Toronto and Blissdom Canada but if my father taught me anything, it was to “Expect The Unexpected“! Although it is traditionally an event filled with female bloggers, with an ever growing Dad Blog population, I feel it’s important to attend and possibly bring a different voice and perspective to the table.

On top of that, I hear Blissdom Canada throws a killer Karaoke Costume Party which is an event that combines my two biggest passions of Dress-Up and Singing!

I’ve just begun my search for a Conference Sponsorship and although it seems like a daunting task, I’m lucky to have met some great people to help along the way! People like Shannon from Shasher’s Life, who freely post helpful tips like this one on the myths of getting a Conference Sponsor

There’s also my friend Jodi from Rants Designs, who specializes in web design and helped me create my very own Media Kit to share with potential sponsors.

I’m still relatively new to the blogging world so I don’t expect to have the brands beating down my door to work with me, but you never know if you don’t try! Either way, I am excited for my first conference experience and can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about!

Have you been and/or are you heading to Blissdom Canada? Feel free to leave any tips for me in the comments section! Especially if you are of the male persuasion and have been before….