Continued from page 2

Laid-Off Dad, whose blog was voted best dad blog last year by readers in the Best of Blog Awards, has since gone back to work but is still blogging. He and his wife are celebrating the home birth of their second baby, which, of course, was chronicled on the blog.

Laid-Off Dad says he has remained anonymous because he thinks blogging should be a free enterprise. He says he does not want to hold something back for fear of offending a co-worker or boss.

He has had to use similar sensibility in respecting the privacy of his young son, Robert.

“I want to have fun, but respect his dignity,” Laid-Off Dad says.

He also says that dads offer a unique perspective to the parenting jungle. Though exponentially more moms than dads are blogging, the dads still have something important to say.

“I love to write, and I love being a dad,” he says. “It is absolutely important that dads have a voice in the blogging world.”

Laid-Off Dad says any good blogger should try not to get “too narcissistic and write about ‘what I did today.’” Even if they do, however, there still will be people who will read.

“Blogs can be dull,” Laid-Off Dad says. “That’s OK. It’s all subjective because there are so many people trapped at home and doing this.”

More info:

Books —

• “Connecting: How We Form Social Bonds and Communities in the Internet Age,” by Mary Chayko, State University of New York Press, 2002. An assistant professor of sociology at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., Ms. Chayko writes about how the Internet fosters bonds between people who have never met in person.

• “The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog,” by Rebecca Blood, Perseus Books Group, 2002. This book will help beginners set up their own blogs, touching on blog etiquette, attracting readers and making a blog stand out.

Story Continues →