More than 50 countries across the world reserve the third Sunday in June to celebrate fathers. The dads who suffered through our little league games and rooted us on by shouting “good eye.” The dads who understood that after we got our asses kicked in the schoolyard, we HAD to swallow our pride and go to school the next day, shiner and all. The dads who, regardless of our age, are there to protect, support and love us – unconditionally.
Aside from retailers’ tie sales climbing through the roof, and the number of collect calls peaking for the year (Father’s Day is apparently the busiest day of the year for collect calls), there are also plenty of places on the Web where dad can have a voice and/or be honored.
Social Networks for Dads
Dad Daily – Over 1,400 dads use this Ning-built site to post pictures, videos and write blogs about fatherhood. A section for groups lumps dads together who have similar interests. You’ll find everything from “Dads with Hot Wives” to Wiccan Daddies.
Brand New Dad – If you can look past the ad overkill, this site is a great resource for expectant and new dads. A useful forum answers all of those questions (and you will have A LOT of questions), and well-written columns, including a breakdown of what to expect the first year, broken down month-by-month, are invaluable.
Other Dad Media
Dad Blogs – A directory to find the best dad blogs on the Web, the site also features live chat, videos on becoming a better father and Connect With Facebook login.
Cast of Dads – A group of dads get together for an audio podcast and chat about everything dad-related. From changing diapers to firing up the BBQ, this entertaining and well-produced show will hook you in – father or not.
‘Sh*t My Dad Says‘ – By now you’ve likely heard of Justin Halpern’s blog-turned-into-TV-series ‘Sh*t My Dad Says.’ The forthcoming CBS sitcom (Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. this fall) will star William Shatner as the crusty old dad who speaks his mind. Does he represent all dads? Probably not. But if the show converts its 1.4 million Twitter followers into a viewing audience, you’ll be hearing a lot more SMDS.
Dad might be more forgiving than mom, but we still suggest you wish him a happy Father’s Day in person.