Friday, February 22, 2013

#PayItForward: @Dad_or_Alive Wrote a Book

Most Fridays, I will share with you a post from another blog that I find particularly moving, interesting, or funny. They will be posts that fit the DKL mold... ones I think people who read this blog would enjoy. Another blogger I follow started something similar. I also wanted to do this because someone paid it forward to me, giving me tons of new followers. So this is the least I can do...

It's been a while since I've done a #PayItForward post. My apologies. I think today's will more than make up for my slacking...

When I finally entered this blogging gig full-throttle, with the fellow bloggers and the community and the sharing and commenting and such, I was a bit overwhelmed by all of the dad bloggers out there. There are tons of us. (Too many.) But there is one, to me, has always stood out from the rest. His blog is consistently lough-out-loud funny. (The second funniest dad blogger I've ever read. Wink wink.) It's also sincere. And he has, in my opinion, the best, pun-iest blog title of them all: Dad or Alive.

The author's name is Adrian and he hits it out of the park EVERY time. I call him an author because he's written a book, and gotten it published. You can pre-order it right now. That's the goal for some of us, ya know. He's living the dream:

You don't have to take my word for it. Check him out yourself. My favorite post of his remains this one, where he describes the contents of his disaster of a diaper bag. (And uses a Star Wars reference in his title.) A story I think a lot of dads can relate to and a lot of moms would find equally hilarious:
Everything was cool until Jen needed to dig through MY diaper bag for something. At home, SHE has two beautiful Coach bags, green and pink. They both have matching changing pads, golden clasps for the shoulder hitch and a stuffy 90210 demeanor. My bag was given to me as a gift by some friends. It’s green camo and full of testosterone. Forget about the fact that I have to wear it over my shoulder like a European messenger bag, this thing was manly. However, it doesn’t receive the same TLC that her bags may get. (You can click here to read the rest. You really should..)
Adrian also knows how to tug at your heart, like with this gut-wrenching tribute to his little niece, Olivia. His message is simple: slow down before you kill somebody.

I am proud of Adrian. Proud that he's getting published. Proud that I know him and, at the risk of sounding trite, can call him a friend. Proud to admit that he often indirectly challenges me to be a better writer. I have pre-ordered my copy of his book because I know it's going to be a great read. I hope you do too. You can do so by clicking HERE.

You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Congrats, Adrian.

If you would like to nominate a blog or a blogger for #PayItForward, feel free to contact me.


  1. Just found Dad or Alive myself and now your blog through there! This post is an amazing tribute and I will proudly follow you both and get to laugh with you! I can only hope that I keep going in a direction with my own writing that someone will feel the need to pay it forward in the manor that you have here!

    1. Thanks for following! Glad you found both of us. And if you want me to take a look at your blog, let me know.


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