Well, do your kids make you belly laugh, smile, tear-up, or occasionally curl into a sniveling ball in the corner of the room? Do they make you frustrated, angry at times, thrilled during others, but more often exceedingly proud? Are you lacking proper sleep, struggling to make ends meet, or constantly worried about the well beings of your offspring?
Do you keep some form of camera constantly at the ready so that you can record every magical moment with them for posterity?
Do you consider an infant pooping itself so magnificently that it soppingly reaches all the way up to its tiny little neck hilarious, and a great story to tell later? Do you think your child's pre-school art projects are so good they should be hanging in an art gallery somewhere? That they're way better than some of the 'professional' crap you've seen?
Do you possess the ability to articulate yourself reasonably well with the written word?
Are you okay with the complex feelings and competing forces that come along with writing about loving your children, and actually spending time showing them that love?
If you answered yes to all these questions, maybe you can be a Dad Blogger just like me. Dad Bloggers are a growing fraternity. It's true. It's impossible to tell exactly how many of us there are out there, but there is at least one awesome Facebook community which now has over 400 members. 400!
Of course that is world wide, and we are always losing some. So like FBI guys, there is a definitely a need for more Dad Bloggers.
If you do decide to start your very own Dad Blog, I have to tell you the most important step outside of actually having kids is to choose a name. A successful Dad Blog needs a name that will draw attention to it. One that will compel readers to bookmark it and come back to it often for a read. One like, well.... like 'Luke, I am Your Father'. Yep, I nailed it with that one.
There were other names I could have chosen though. Here are a few.
1. The Sherpa Dad - Seems appropriate every-time I haul stuff in from the car.
2. Dad, Blasted - And a related title for older dads Dad Gum it.
3. Don't Stick that There! - Unconventional, but appropriate.
4. Hoosier Daddy - If only I lived in Indiana.
5. The Encumbered Dad - For Dads who are the opposite of 'unencumbered'.
I could go on and on but these are good ones. And available.
Of course, none of these will see the light of day unless you, a dad who answered all the above question in the affirmative, decide you want to use one of them. And become a Dad Blogger.
So what do you say? Are you interested Dad? (slowly waving arm towards me). Come on, climb aboard. We're expecting you.
Just don't expect to make much money off of it.