I started blogging a little over a year ago, with the hopes to share my experiences as a first time father, as well as using this platform as a way of documenting my life at this point of time, for myself and my son to look back on in the future. In that time my blog has grown, the amount of followers has increased, and my presence on social media has improved beyond what I could have imagined.
I’m pretty raw with what I share on my social media, what you see on my twitter/instagram is my life. I don’t sugar coat things, what you see is what you get. This is why, recently, I was shocked when something that I shared on my twitter had caused another dadblogger (DB) to label me as a bad dad. Now, I’m not going to call him out in this blog. I’d rather that he not get the traffic to a post that personally attacks me and the way I choose to live my life. Those close to me in the blogging circles know who he is, and have read the article in full. I’m only going to be focussing on the snippet where I’m mentioned (by name), but I’ll give you the gist of the whole article.
He wrote this piece to ‘call out’ dad bloggers who set poor examples to their children by consuming or supplying junk food around or to their children. The DB in particular is one of those gym rats who believes that anyone who doesn’t care about their bodies is a lesser human being. I’m sure we all know of the type. This DB called me out for drinking a Coca-Cola, as you can see below.
A few things I want to point out here, in my own defence. I live a relatively clean, boring life. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. 99.9% of meals I have each year are home cooked. Everything we feed to Archer is home prepared. He doesn’t drink sugary drinks, soda, or any other sort of cordial. He has pure fruit juice (diluted a little because he’s a little too young to have it straight), water, and full cream milk.
As for the comments about me ‘promoting’ the brand, I have to point out that Coca-Cola paid me $0.00 for that tweet. One of my favourite treats in the world is cherry cola, something which isn’t readily available in Australia (especially in my part of Australia) so when I do find it somewhere, I get a little bit excited. Also, as I said, this was a treat. I didn’t tweet about the 3 bottles of water I drank that day, but I still drank them.
I stand by my comment at the time that the drink was refreshing and invigorating. It had been a long day, and I felt that I deserved it at the time. The tweet in question was part of the ‘Another Day In My Life‘ project I did a couple of months ago. For those playing along at home, the cherry coke was both purchased and consumed at times where Archer wasn’t around, so me buying and drinking it had no influence on him.
Now, I know I’ve been hard on the guy, but I will agree that we do influence our children with our actions. However, me drinking a can of soda isn’t the soap box this DB should be standing on. The other day in town, I saw a mother getting her child out of a car, holding the toddler in one arm whilst lighting a cigarette with the other arm. This sort of behaviour has a more immediate, more damaging effect on kids than a can of coke will ever have.
Anyway, that is my rant over. Let me know in the comments if you think I’m out of line, or if the DB in question is out of line. Also, have you ever had your online behaviour come under fire? Let me know.
Be kind to one another, it costs nothing