Dads Who Diaper was born out of our need as dads to find information geared towards us and all that comes along with kids. Started by Chad Carter and Paul Snowden, they bring their journalism and entertainment backgrounds to helping dads find information. They figured, “we’ve got questions. I’m sure other dads do too.”
Please tell us something about yourself. Is blogging your profession or just a hobby?
Blogging is a hobby for us both. We actually started as a podcast and quickly realized we wanted an online destination for dads and parents to go as well. We came up with the name, posted a few articles, and away we went.
When did you get an idea to launch your own blog and how important is it for you be online?
The podcast really came out our love of broadcasting. Initially we didn’t know we wanted to do a website. Though now it’s our primary destination and has grown faster and far beyond our expectations in the first year. Being online is important as dads (and moms) search for information and reviews more then many other demographics. Having a place they can find that information and be familiar with us is important.
Did you have someone help you make the website or did you do it by yourself?
We created the website ourselves. We chose a WordPress theme we thought would work best for us and spent hours learning how to utilize many of the features and often went to the theme maker’s support forums for more info. While there are some things we would change, overall we’ve been very pleased with how it’s worked for us.
The right domain name is important. How long did it take you to come up with the domain name for your blog?
Forever! We spent days trying out various domain names and so many of them were taken. The part that was really frustrating was that many of them were just parked, not actually being used. We tried so many variations before coming across Dads Who Diaper. In the end, it was a good process to go through because it forced us to be creative and find something that works with our target audience. We’ve received so much positive feedback on our name, we’re very glad with the outcome.
What kind of Theme do you use on your blog and what are the “must have” plugins for a blog?
We use Sharp Magazine by Gabfire Themes.
What CMS (Content Management System) do you use on your blog? How hard is it to navigate within your CMS (making a new post, inserting images, moderating comments, etc.)?
We use WordPress as our CMS. Being a novice when we started, there was definitely a learning curve. Now a year in, we’re able to navigate with ease and we know our theme pretty well. In terms of content creation it’s so much easier and we have the confidence to try new things and experiment. Sometimes we get frustrated with some of the alignment issues but we’ve usually been able to find workarounds.
How much time do you spend blogging?
With kids, it’s sporadic. But that’s kind of the fun of running a website about kids and fatherhood. I would estimate about 8 hours sprinkled throughout the week between posting, responding to emails, social media, etc.
Would you encourage other people to make their own blogs?
Absolutely! We’ve found it to be incredibly fun and rewarding. We have two very different approaches to content and ideas so it’s fun to be pushed out of your comfort zone and see the results that come from it. Not to mention the incredible relationships we’ve formed with other bloggers, brands, and most importantly our readers.
Please give us some advice for new bloggers and for people who are still not sure if they need a blog of their own?
If you’re considering, take the plunge. It’s led to so many opportunities we never could have dreamed without blogging. We’ve had the chance to work with some great people, learn from others, and enjoy what we do. In addition to being able to “work” from anywhere. The initial startup can be slow and tedious but the skills you learn and the rewarding feeling of seeing it come together overcomes all the “sweat equity” that goes in during the early stages. Once you get your train on the track, you get to start reaping the rewards and finding new and exciting things to blog about.
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