What is DaddyTales?
Back in 2004, I discovered that I had a lot of stories to tell about being a dad, more than I could reasonably inflict on the people in my life. I decided to start posting them online. Shortly after that, I started writing them as a biweekly newspaper column for the Seminole Chronicle.
Unfortunately, that newspaper went dark on 7/21/2014, When it disappeared, so did the tales I submitted to it. I’m still trying to recover them.
I continued to write the tales, even without the paper, though not as frequently as I used to. Some day, perhaps I’ll turn them all into a sort of book. For the meantime, though, DaddyTales is simply all those tales that every new dad would love to spend every day telling to his friends.
If you’re a new parent, these stories may help you avoid some of the mistakes I’ve made. If you’re an old parent, I think you may get a chuckle or two out of seeing me stumble through what you’ve already mastered. If you’re not a parent, well just sit back and enjoy.
What isn’t DaddyTales?
Daddytales is not a traditional blog. You’ll find no rants, no political commentary, no “I had eggs for breakfast today”, none of that. I have nothing against those things. They’re just not what I do.
What’s with the names?
When I started, I was paranoid about posting all that personal information on the web. Now that I’ve been doing it a little while, I’m glad that I used letters instead of names. It gives it a certain style that I’ve come to like.
Are all the tales true?
Yes, all the tales are true. It’s just the way things are around here.
How do you come up with them?
Whenever I get a spare moment, I sit down at my keyboard and simply write tales the way I would tell them to a live person. It gets stored on my hard drive, and then, after a little polishing later on, gets posted here. I put more effort into the Seminole Chronicle tales, making sure they had arcs and themes.
Why doesn’t your wife feature more prominently?
She’s asked me this question herself a couple times, and I don’t really have a good answer. All I can say is that they’re “daddy” tales, not “husband” tales. If I ever start up a husband tales site, she’ll be the star.
Who is the author of DaddyTales?
That would be me, Patrick Matthews. Just click that link for more information.