Monday, 18 February 2013

What would a Mumsnet for Dads look like?

You've probably heard of Mumsnet. It's rather successful, with over 8 million visits per month. I don't really have much experience of it and certainly won't be stripping off in M&S over it. But is there an equivalent for Dads, and if not what would one look like?

On the Mumsnet forum itself, somebody points out that the Mumsnet slogan 'by parents for parents – because Dads can be Mums too'. I'm not arguing for segregation, but I'm also not sure that really does it for me.

There is in fact a Dadsnet, but it hardly seems to be a hive of activity – there are very few threads and the front page says rather folornly 'most ever users online was 45'. Does that sum up the demand? Are Dads just not that bothered, or do we meet to discuss Dad-related issues in the real world rather than virtual?

I would love to hear your thoughts on the following:

1) Are there virtual communities of Dads out there?
2) If not, why not?
3) What would 'Dad versions' of various existing sites look like?

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree, such a Dad selection of options for Dads compared to Mums, is the demand bad or are people being put off by Mumsnet/forum format, maybe we need something more social media like? Or even more techie github for Dads with parenting solutions in version control...