G'day, I'm Reservoir Dad, an Aussie Dad Blogger (and much more). I turned away from longer writing projects in favour of blogging when I became a stay-at-home Dad to four boys under seven. The SAHD role is something I love and take very seriously, but just like any role it has its challenges and repetitions. You've got to stay on top of it! And that's partly what I'm doing here.
The Reservoir Dad Experience
Inside you'll find stories about my children's birthdays, my fears for them, the joy they fill me with, my own personal demons and obsessions. You'll get a clear insight into my sense of humour, my passions, my fitness and training goals, and my mad dance skills. You'll stumble across intimate conversations between me and Reservoir Mum. You'll get to know me pretty well. I promise you that. And along the way there'll be some music, some movie reviews, some interviews with some Aussie stars, and some give-aways. In the end, like most people, I just want to have a crazy fun time. I've revealed a lot about myself here already. I've done it honestly but with a touch of flair.
In the past, I feared becoming one of the world's commonalities – a 40-ish Dad, living in a suburban home, with wife and kids, waking up, eating Doritos, falling asleep. Life and adulthood and its growing list of responsibilities threatens to work me over like and angry blacksmith, heating me up so it can beat me into a long, straight, boring poker.
Blogging has helped me to resist the fashioning of the blacksmith's hammer.
Blogging is a strange thing and that's one of the reason I do it. My blog is a doorway into my braincase and even though I'll admit to it being a strange and sometimes confronting place, I make a point of allowing everyone in.
All variations of the crazy and the wonderful can happen when the door to your life is always open. Since I started blogging I've been asked to write for several national and international magazines. I've been interviewed on national television and radio. I've been photographed in my underwear for the front page of a newspaper and somehow managed to convince other Dads from all over Australia to do the same.
All this has kept me connected to the world. Parenting can be an isolating affair. Interacting with others through this blog has made me aware that we all suffer similar battles and share similar joys.
I fell into this blogging thing but now see it as that crucial cog in the machine. Blogging offers me a great creative outlet with an immediate audience. It freshens my perspective. Reliving my time with the boys, recording our last pregnancy and the birth of our fourth child and dancing around the intimate moments of my relationship with Reservoir Mum acts as a time capsule for my family, adds a little extra to my world, and reminds me of how good I've got it.
A hard day at the office becomes a learning experience in retrospect, a chance to colour the most difficult moments with a touch of the crazy, something to savour, something to reread later with the boys on my lap.
The thing I've always been afraid of – becoming one of the world's commonalties? I'm living it. I'm almost 40, I live in a house in the suburbs with my wife and four children. And I'm loving it. If this is the first time you've stopped by please say hello! You'll get to know me very well ,so let me know about your own story. Join the Reservoir Dad newsletter and stay in touch. I'm in this for the long haul. I hope you'll stick around.
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Reservoir Dad in the Media
My blogging has given me a unique opportunity to bring my message to larger audiences. I have appeared on TV, the radio, have done presentations and written for online publications. I can say that all of it has been a thrill. Here are some of my more noteworthy engagements.
TV and Radio
- ABC Radio Queensland 10 April 2013 – ‘The Rise Of The Daddy Blogger’
- TV Today Tonight Channel 7 – April 2013
- TV The Circle Channel 10 – July 2010
- TV The Circle Channel 10 – July 2011
- Radio National Life Matters – ‘The Mentally Sexy Dad 25 June 2010’
- Radio National Life Matters – ‘2010 Mentally Sexy Dad Finalists 30 Sept 2010’
- TV Today Channel 9 – June 2010
- Sunday Life Magazine – Dads On The Line 7 April 2013
- The Age Newspaper You're The Best Dad 5 Sept 2010
- The Herald-Sun More Dads Happy To Stay Home With The Kids 13 Jul 2013
- Mother & Baby Magazine – 'Man About The House' Feb/March 2011
- ABC The Drum – Women Must Step Back So That Men Can Step Up 1 March 2011
- The Hoopla – Oversharing Daddy Blogger Or...? April 10 2013
- The Hoopla – Teaching My Sons About Sex March 1 2013
- The Hoopla – My Below Average Sex Life February 5 2013
- The Hoopla – I Hang Like A Man Jan 7 2013
- The Hoopla – We're Dreaming Of A Man's Christmas December 14, 2012
- MamaMia – Dealing With The Loss Of A Child A Man's Perspective 5 July 2011
- Good Men Project – Live Vasectomy – Reservoir Dad Keeps It Above The Neck 16 Jan 2012
- Digital Parents Conference 2012 – My Blog My Story
- Digital Parents Conference 2013 – 'Hail The Daddy Bloggers' Panel
- Digital Parents Conference 2013 – 'Dealing With Trolls And Hate Mail' (Moderator)
- Australian Breastfeeding Association Conference 2010 – 'Can Breastfeeding Women Have It All' Panelist
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