While the ‘blogosphere’ has traditionally been dominated by ‘mommy bloggers,’ Ricky Shetty and his impressive following of fans prove that dads also deserve a coveted slice of cyberspace.
In addition to his popular blog, Daddy Blogger, Ricky has written his debut book Wisdom From Daddies, which has been garnering rave reviews from across North America. The book, released globally on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16, 2013), contains the collective wisdom of over 100 dads from around the world on issues that every dad faces during their journey through fatherhood.
Even with two children under the age of 2 and a busy career in blogging and Internet marketing, he’s one calm and collected daddy. Fortunately, Ricky has the support from his beautiful wife Anne to balance fatherhood and his career – a combination that seems to blend seamlessly for this Vancouver family. With their two children Rianne, 18 months & Ryan, 1.5 months (both of their names are a combination of “Ricky + Anne”), in tow, the couple enjoy exploring and highlighting local businesses and events as well as providing resources and tips for fellow parents to check out . Chances are that if you’re out and about at a family event in the Greater Vancouver area or in ‘the Valley,’ you’ll run into Ricky and his family.
Tell us about the concept behind Daddy Blogger
I started Daddy Blogger on Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 @ midnight and just celebrated our one-year blog anniversary! My goal is to “change the world…one dad at a time.” I write about parenting, fatherhood, do restaurant reviews, car reviews, product reviews, event recaps, travel recommendations, interviews with other dads, contest giveaways, and more. I also have a section called “Guest Daddies” so would love to have more dads write about their experiences in fatherhood!
Did you ever think in a million years your blog would be as huge as it is today?
When I first started blogging, I was mainly writing for myself to process the experience of being a new dad as well as sharing about our adventures with family and friends. I had no idea it would become so popular so quickly and impact the lives of so many dads around the world. My mission is simple: to highlight the importance of a dad’s role in parenting and empower dads to be more actively involved in the process of parenting.
What inspired you to write a book? What was that process like?
I saw a lack of good resources specifically written for dads so started the blog first and then published “Wisdom from Daddies” on Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16, 2013). It took six months to write. It became an Amazon Best Seller in the category of fatherhood and has led to many speaking engagements and several media interviews. The book contains the collective wisdom from over 100 dads from around the world on all the issues that are important to fathers.
The ‘blogosphere’ seems to still be dominated by the ‘mommy bloggers,’ do you think that will change now that you’re out there making your presence known?
More and more dads are realizing the importance of active and involved fatherhood. With a lot of dads working flexible jobs or being work from home dads, it’s becoming easier for them to put their thoughts down in the form of a blog. There are several dad bloggers in the U.S. and more and more popping up in Canada. I look forward to building a community of local Vancouver Dad Bloggers so I don’t feel so lonely at all the Mom Blogger events!
Judging by your book and blog posts, you can tell you’re a real hands- on dad, is this a decision you made before your daughter was born?
When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I wasn’t as hands-on and supportive as I should have been due to my work commitments. It was only when I held my daughter in my arms for the first time at St Paul’s Hospital that my entire world changed.
My life wasn’t about me anymore, it was about impacting the next generation and leaving a legacy for our children. I made a conscious decision to be a hands-on dad in raising our children and I am so glad about this choice!
What have been the highlights of being an established blogger/author?
Of course, some of the highlights are getting free stuff like first class flights across the country, a helicopter trip to Whistler, a free laptop and printer, free stays in resorts, use of 2014 cars, etc. However, one of best moments for me personally when I got a Facebook message from a 19-year-old new dad who said to me “I don’t know who to turn to. Can I come to you for support and advice? It’s all about impacting individuals and if I can help one dad, it’s all worth it!
What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge, like with most parents, is work-life balance. I run multiple businesses while at the same time, wanting to have a strong marriage and be a strong father. Of course, some of the time, I spend too much time on my blog or building my businesses. Also, it’s been hard to spend quality time with just my wife having 2 young kids. Sometimes, grandma will help babysit so Anne and I can have a Date Night but we need to do this more regularly.
Do you ever worry about having your children in the public eye?
Yes, I have been debating about the impact the Internet will have on our children, especially since I am so public about our family life and the adventures that we have as parents. For the most part, I think it’s had a positive impact. Our daughter is an extreme socialite and I think part of the reason is that I have taken her to real-life events from when she was born: political rallies, trade shows, business networking events, social engagements, media interviews, and more!
What legacy do you hope to one day leave your two children with?
The daily blog is a legacy that I will leave our children. They have a written history of every day of their young lives as well as pictures and videos. I personally don’t remember much before I was five years old. For Rianne and Ryan, they’ll be look back at the online archive to see how they looked like, what they acted like, and things they saw and did through my blog and social media. I think this kind of family history is extremely important for future generations to look back on.
Is there anything you’d like our readers to know about you that I haven’t asked?
Thank you for your time in reading this interview! I’d love it if you connect with me both online through my website and social media as well as offline over a cup of tea! I would love to learn more about you, your background, & your passions and how I can be of service to you!