When a blog is nominated for “New Blog Of The Week” (NBOTW) by so many of the BWAB readers, I can’t ignore it. In fact, it’s a blog I’ve been following, too.

From his post titled, ” Here Is A Macbook, Go Make Your Million”, you know the author is a writer when you read words that so eloquently say:

Daisy and I have been married for seven years, holding hands for eleven. It’s a bit of time, but compared to my grandparents who were married for three quarters of a century, it’s really just the first few buds to bloom on the branches of a freshly planted tree.

While researching blogging, he read he needed a niche. After much thought, here’s what he wrote in Let’s Put Ourselves Together

I quickly decided that speaking to a niche would dull my voice, and until I discovered my niche, I should just speak as though over a cup of coffee, even if it’s to someone sitting at their own keyboard on the other side of the world.

Success means different things to different people. For this blog author, he knows what he wants. To quote him (from his post titled:Crabs Don’t Walk Straight For A Reason) he says:

I want to see everything I haven’t, learn what I don’t know, and visit places that will fill me in a way that the same half a million street signs stuck deep in the concrete of my own city never could. Being able to find success as a writer, means my office can fit in a knapsack.

He needs no introduction as he’s already a part of the BWAB community. For those who may have missed his blog, he’s a writer, and he’s a dad, He’s Writer Dad.

Please join me re-welcoming Writer Dad to the BWAB community.

Hello again, Writer Dad! 🙂

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  1. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    A fine choice for NBOTW, if I may say Barbara!

    I’ve only recently discovered Writer Dad and really enjoy his, well, writing.

    Also, Writer Dad is such a great supporter of so many other blogs that I visit… and I’m delighted to support his own.

    Writer Dad, keep up the good work! I’ll be around later 😉

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Scott:

    Thank you! Like you, I enjoy Writer Dad’s blog. When I read his work, I hear the writer in his words. I believe he’s a bit of a poet, too.

    You’re right, he has made his way around blogosphere, and is well known on many of the sites I frequent, too.

  3. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve been to his blog a few times, he does have a great way of stringing words together to make you go, wow!

    Natural’s last blog post..Doggone, Grandma

  4. Dr. CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Wow! Double Wow! Awesome post. Incredible choice Barbara!

  5. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, this is an excellent choice for NBOTW!! I’ve been visiting his site for a few weeks, and his writing is well thought out and presented in a wonderful reading style.

    Writer Dad, a well-deserved congratulations on this honor Barbara has bestowed upon you! Your writing is powerful, and you have a real talent with the written word. I wish you much blogging success!

  6. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara – Writer Dad is a fab choice. I love his blog. The post about “Promise” is a must read.

  7. MizFitNo Gravatar says:

    I found writerdad through you and was instantly a fanreader.

  8. AxeCityNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s put ourselves togather, even it is just telling about how he started it, it really gives a great impression about his writing.

    Thanks for bringing it!

  9. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    Writer Dad deserves this spotlight. Excellent blog!

    Chase March’s last blog post..You Can’t Throw That Out

  10. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not being all Writer Dad over the top hyperbole man when I write that I’m about to cry. Thank you so much everyone. I feel tremendously lucky to have so much support, so early, from people whose eye color I could only guess. This last month has been transformative, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.

    I was so excited to check the site this morning, but still felt overwhelmed when I saw my words quoted, and then saw the response from YOUR community. Thank you for everything. I am touched.

  11. Welcome to the NBOTW Club, Writer Dad!

    Urban Panther’s last blog post..The Panther goes oopsie daisy

  12. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent choice! He’s been in my feedreader for 2 or three weeks now and there have been some very interesting posts.

    Mike Goad’s last blog post..A Very Long Driveway

  13. Congratulations Writer Dad!

    So do you really drink coffee while you write? What kind of coffee do you prefer? I like Kona Coffee myself!

    John Hoff – eVentureBiz’s last blog post..Securing Your WordPress Blog: Post 2 – How To Change Your Username

  14. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    Writer Dad is awesome. I often tend to scan online, but his posts? Nope, I READ them.

    He always tells me that I discovered him on his very first day as a blogger.

    Makes me proud. 🙂

  15. SpaceAgeSageNo Gravatar says:

    Writer Dad has a fluid, easy-going knack for pulling you into his posts. Like Vered says, they are read more than scanned. Congrats to Writer Dad!

    SpaceAgeSage’s last blog post..Is ingratitude like anti-matter?

  16. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    It’s always fun to stop by Writer dad’s blog and read what he has posted for the day. I believe on Friday there was something about purple dinosaurs with capes. Excellent choice Barbara!

    Marelisa’s last blog post..Stress Management: 25 Ways to Relieve Stress

  17. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I just made my first visit to Writer Dad’s blog. He has a very interesting writing style (interesting in a good way) – a real talent for writing. Thank you for featuring him this week. I see him going very far with this writing thing.

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Change Your Life – One Thought at a Time – Part 2

  18. I also loved the way you previewed Writer Dad’s work. It gave me a real flavor for who he is and what he cares about.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work’s last blog post..How to Honor Your Commitments

  19. woody greenNo Gravatar says:

    i like to read a blog that share about thought and experience, because its a real life. they dont try to fool us with content that they even never really know, maybe just a modification that generate by some tool. let us write good content and share it with others.

    warm regards,
    woody green

    woody green’s last blog post..best wisdom and life motivation stories #14: FAIL & RESULT

  20. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome Writer Dad, you have a wonderfully sensitive, caring, humorous blog.

  21. RyanNo Gravatar says:

    I agree–this is a sweet blog. I look forward to reading it every day.

  22. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    I just had to come out of my self-imposed “blogging technical school” to say congratulations to Writer Dad!!!

    You deserve this wonderful honor and much more success from your writing!! So happy for you!

    To Barbara & all my BWAB friends, I’ve been reading and lurking all week on most of your blogs, but forcing myself to work on my To Do list rather than commenting. You know what I’d rather be doing! 🙂

    OK, back to “class.” Let’s see if adding my Gravatar worked!! This is one of my final exams! LOL

  23. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Crap — looks like I flunked Gravatar 101. I just cleared my cache so maybe that’s all it needed. Fingers crossed, here goes . . . .

    I did add the image to this email address, so don’t know what else I could have done wrong.

    Sorry I’m testing this here, Barbara!

  24. I love writer dad. I’ve seen him commenting on all kinds of blogs over the internet. I think he might be Super Surfer as well.

    Writer Dad’s open and clear writing strikes right to the heart of the issue in every post. That’s a great compliment for a new blogger.

  25. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Guess I need remedial Gravatar class. 🙁

    This is why I hate technology! I’ve read all the FAQ’s on the gravatar.com site, and have followed up with and applied any that I thought would help, but it hasn’t. GRRRRRR!

    Any ideas on what I should try next?

  26. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:


    Been away on holiday and very busy (sorry!).

    I am amazingly jealous. Writer Dad is fantastic. I aspire to being able to write even 10% as good as that. And I only read the latest article about his 3-year-old getting a shot at the doctor.

    And I had the exact same experience. Holding my daughter’s hand. Looking her in the eye. Wanting instead to “feel the pinch” instead of her.

    It’s like when your swimming googles fill with water. It doesn’t leak. It’s contained.

    That sudden glaze of tears, bravely contained is how the brave kids cope. I loved the dry cheek line.

    Another excellent find. My, I’ve missed too many NBOTW Tuesdays….

  27. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a fan of Writer Dad. He’s a writer’s writer!

  28. Barbara – Thanks for another great selection. I visited Writer Dad’s site and can see why you picked it. Today’s post was fantastic and I can’t wait for others.

    Writer Dad – Great job and keep up the good work. Loved the shots and Elmo posts; such easy topics to relate to for parents and so well written.

    Theresa Zagnoli’s last blog post..The Great Divide?

  29. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Natural,

    Writer Dad does make us go “wow”, doesn’t he?

    Hi Dr. Cason,

    Thank you. He’s good, isn’t he?

    Hi Lance,

    Like you, I love his writing style. I can definitely see “writer” written all over his stories.

    Hi Catherine,

    Yes, “Promise” is a great post.

    Hi MizFit,

    Isn’t that great how we all find each other?

    Hi AxeCity,

    You’re welcome. His story is great, isn’t it?

    Hi Chase,

    It is an excellent blog, isn’t it?

    Hi Writer Dad,

    You’re welcome! You deserve the “honor”. Keep doing what you’re doing and success will be yours.

    Hi Urban Panther,

    Thanks for welcoming Writer Dad.

    Hi Mike,

    Yes, Writer Dad deserves to be in all of our readers, doesn’t he?

    Hi John,

    Thanks for welcoming Writer Dad. Ahhh! Another coffee drinker. I like my organic rain forest beans, freshly ground. 🙂

    Hi Vered,

    Oh no, we can’t scan his posts. They’re well worth reading word for word.

    Doesn’t that make you feel good, knowing you were there from day one? His progress will be fun to track.

    Hi Space Age Sage,

    Yes, he does pull us in with his words. That a good sign of a great writer, isn’t it?

    Hi Marelisa,

    Yes, each day is a pleasant surprise, well worth waiting for.

    Hi Jennifer,

    You must have read his most recent post about the trip to the doctors office. A very touching story, hey?

    Hi Tom,

    I tried to pick sentences that reflect who he is. I’m happy to hear it worked. He’s definitely a very loving family man (who loves to write) 🙂

    Hi Woody,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    On Writer Dad’s blog, you’ll find real life stories that will touch your heart. A great read!

    Hi Linda,

    His blog is all of that, isn’t it? Sensitive, caring and humorous.

    Hi Ryan,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    Glad to hear you like it, too.

    Hi Linda Abbit,

    It’s great to see you here sharing your congratulations for Writer Dad.

    I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying your “class”. I see you gravatar worked in the sidebar. I’ll check behind the scenes and see if I can figure out why it didn’t work when you commented.

    Hi Karl,

    Let’s rename him, Super Surfer Writer Dad. 🙂 He is great about making the rounds, isn’t he?

    Hi Ian,

    Long time, no see. Great to see you popping in to welcome Writer Dad. Wasn’t that story touching?

    Can you believe, Writer Dad is number 31 of this series? You’ll have to come back by when you have a chance and check out the ones you missed.

    Hi Chris,

    He is a writer’s writer, isn’t he? Well put.

    Hi Theresa,

    His writing is eloquent, isn’t it? Today’s post is superb.

  30. Ian DennyNo Gravatar says:


    I will have to come back and have a good crawl. It’s nothing personal. I still stick to yours and Cath’s blogs and a few others when I get the chance.

    I wish I could get into readers. I can’t! I love email – mainly because I’m not stuck at a desk and get my email on my phone too. So in between appointments, I catch up on blog posts.

    Come to think of it, I don’t subscribe by email to yours or Cath’s blogs. Maybe because whichever PC I’m on (in IT I swap alot between PCs both in the office and at home) I just type in the URL of your home pages.

    So for other blogs, I get to read them in my email.

    Don’t know why I said all that – must dash – hot food beckons…

  31. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    You all have said the nicest things. Thank you so, so much. See you all tomorrow.

  32. Ari KoinumaNo Gravatar says:

    As a father myself, I very much relate to Writer Dad’s stories. And therein lies the strength of his writing — it gets me emotionally involved. He has a nice sense of space or air in his writing — it almost seems like there’s more room between lines, and I don’t think it’s all because of the elegant site design.

    He certainly has developed his own voice, for sure. Something I myself aspire to.


    Ari Koinuma’s last blog post..Why You Can’t Do What You Love (Digest)

  33. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara — yippee!! My gravatar finally showed up here as well as in the sidebar. Was it something you jiggled? Or did I just need to be patient (not my strong point!).

    I’m happy, no matter what!

  34. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ari,

    That’s true, isn’t it? He does have a nice space of air in his writings. It makes us want to take in each and every word.

    Hi Linds,

    I didn’t do anything. Patience must have paid off. Now we can all see your smiling face. 🙂

  35. Excellent choice for NBOTW Barbara. I haven’t read Writer Dad before so I popped over there for a look. I read only 2 posts (sneaking this in during my lunch break at work) and that was enough for me to subscribe.

    I noticed in his about page that he is onto the third draft of a book. With writing skills of his calibre I am sure the book will be a MUST read.

    Leanne Magraith’s last blog post..Take 2 – Personal Development: Seven Shortcomings

  36. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Leanne,

    Yes, there is that book of his. Hopefully he’ll promote it on his site so we all have access to it.

  37. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    WriterDad, you’ve got a firm supporter here too! Love your writings!

    Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..Planet Of Dreams

  38. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    I’m happy to hear you’re a supporter of Writer Dad, too. 🙂

  39. Al at 7PNo Gravatar says:

    Great choice, Barbara!

    I’ve been impressed with Writer Dad’s presence in the blogosphere, especially in the short time he’s been blogging. H’s built a great community and contributes to the community of a lot of other blogs. The key thing though is that he sure can write! I really enjoy his blog.

    Al at 7P’s last blog post..10 Tips for Immediate Productivity Results

  40. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Al,

    Thank you.

    Yes, Writer Dad made a presence in blogoshpere quickly, didn’t he. With writings like his, he will go far.

  41. Good choice. I follow his blog.

    Bamboo Forest’s last blog post..Wikipedia: The Holy Grail

  42. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    @ Writer Dad,

    Congratulations! An endorsement from Barbara is like getting the keys to the city!

    I am, however, still awaiting a definition for “parthenogenesis!”

    How quickly we forget – lol. 🙂


  43. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Bamboo,

    Thank you. His blog is well worth following, isn’t it?

    Hi Rita,

    Key’s to the city? Wow!

    I hope Writer Dad gets as much attention as someone who gets the keys to a city, as I want to see him get all of those books published.

  44. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Writer Dad is a wonderful choice for your blog introduction and I am so happy to have found his writing from your recommendation Barbara.

    It is nice to be delighted by someone’s insights, imagination and creativity. I enjoyed the discovery and the read.

    Thank you

    Patricia’s last blog post..90 Seconds of Anger – 90 Seconds of Happiness

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  46. HarmonyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks Barbara for the formal introduction! Like many others, I had visited the DAD of BLOG previously, but to be in the BLOGGERS HALL OF FAME – he deserves the accolades!

    Harmony’s last blog post..IF YOU HAD A CHOICE WOULD YOU SUCK LEMONS

  47. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Harmony,

    You’re welcome. Like you, who came before him (as a NBOTW), I have no doubt he’ll do great.

  48. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia:

    How did I miss your comment?

    Writer Dad does emit get creativity, doesn’t he. I just finished reading his latest post on walking, and was moved by the commitment he and his family made to not buy gas, unless completely necessary.

  49. Jo BeaufoixNo Gravatar says:

    Well done Writer Dad. And thanks for pointing me in the direction of this very interesting site. I’ll be back for a look around. 😀

  50. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jo,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    Writer Dad has a great blog, doesn’t he?

    Through him, you found me. 🙂 Hope to see you here again soon.

  51. Writer DadNo Gravatar says:

    I just wanted to pop in and say thanks again to everyone. Warm digital hugs to everyone.

    Writer Dad’s last blog post..A Breath of Fresh Air

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