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January 16, 2007

The Father Life

James Mehring

When it comes to parenting, there aren’t many places in print or online geared specifically to fathers. But be on the lookout for a new site taking aim at being “the first major men's magazine created with fathers in mind.” That’s what a new site called The Father Life wants to be. In actuality, however, the creators are hoping to take the site beyond being just a publication and turn it into a real community for all kinds of dads.

The first issue of this e-zine will be out around January 18. According to the creators and fathers Ben Murphy, Ryan Marshall and Ben Loux, the site will be geared to dads in their 20’s to 40’s.

To get a better idea of what that really means, here is a quick rundown of the first issue. The headline item in the inaugural issue is an interview with international musician Magni (If you are an avid international pop music fan, watched Rock Star Supernova this past summer, or love Iceland, you know exactly who this is and should enjoy the interview). There is also a good conversation with Joe Guy Allard, an artist and father. And in the future, says Murphy, the magazine will put more emphasis on parenting when doing interviews and stories. Of course, any real guys magazine, even one for fathers, needs a little sports, pop culture, and gadgetry, which is also included.

I enjoyed what I saw from the first issue but am even more excited by the forums that are supposed to go live in March. There are a number of sites on the Internet that cover aspects of fatherhood and other interests to men, but there doesn’t seem to be one place where you can chat about everything. That’s exactly what the creators of this site are trying to do. The aim, according to Murphy, is to create a lifestyle focused site that covers many topics that would interest fathers.

Initially, issues will come out quarterly (the next issue is slated to come out in March) but the goal is to become a bi-weekly publication. The challenge for Murphy and his co- creators will be to put out enough quality content that draws in an audience large enough to keep the forums fresh and worth visiting between issues.

I, for one, will keep visiting the site. I have a few friends who are also fathers but we are all far apart and don’t talk every week and our situations are all a little different. A site like the father life could allow a person like me to tap the knowledge of other guys with different perspectives and more fathering experience. I have a laundry list of potential questions for such a venue. How do other dads balance work and parenting? Any secrets for taking a toddler on vacation? What are some ways that fathers keep the bond with their daughters strong as they grow up?

Good luck to The Father Life.

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I wish them luck. Father's have larger been ignored in regards to their kids. Kudos to the dads starting this-

Posted by: creative-type dad at January 18, 2007 02:01 PM

A touch mainstream for my blood but hey, we need that too! Nice work!

Posted by: pirate papa at January 18, 2007 02:56 PM

Beneath the surface, there is an incredible diversity of father blogs. I see you pirate.

Posted by: NinjaDad at January 18, 2007 03:25 PM

you may have read that Slate.com ridiculed BabyEinstien creator Julie Aigner-Clark because she doesn't derserve to be called a "businesswoman." or maybe because she created something successful. she gets applauded by the president in a nationally televised speech, held up to the world as a mom who wanted to help other moms, yet the political bolemics can't put their politics aside. dis the president. don't dis heroes.

Posted by: toddo at January 24, 2007 10:58 PM


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