Being a father is difficult. That is why it is important to have a good support system. Unfortunately, men aren’t as good as women at connecting with one another and sharing their hopes, fears, and shortcomings. However, I feel blessed to have a strong network of blogging fathers who I can be open an honest with.
Paul and I are actually cousins, but our relationship has blossomed beyond family ties. We hang out together, support one another and even take our sons camping together. He has helped me during difficult times in my marriage and continues to be a sounding board for any issues I may have in my life.
I have never met Eric in person, but I feel as if I’ve known him for years. My wife recently asked me which of my online friends would be a real world friend. Eric immediately came to mind. We keep in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Google Voice and have served together as panelist on fatherhood webinar. Eric has featured me on his blog series, Father in Focus (read it if you’d like to learn more about me and my thoughts on fatherhood). But more importantly, we share a strong connection that transcends the internet.
In addition to these men, I have developed some close bonds with the following fathers who encourage and inspire me:
- Dad Unmasked
- Daddy Dan
- Building Camelot
- Real Men Drive Minivans
- Black and Married with Kids
- No Off Season for Dads
- African American Dad
I’d like to say thank you to Paul, Eric, and all the fathers in my real world and online network. Your support and encouragement make being a dad a little less difficult.
Question: Have you made any online friends who became real world friends?