Clint Edwards of “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog” took some time out of his busy life to talk with us and answer some questions.
You may have read his controversial Washington Post article that went viral, “I blamed my wife for our messy house, I was wrong for many reasons,” or you may even follow his blog, “No Idea What I’m Doing: A Daddy Blog.” Although Clint Edwards studied creative writing in college, he never pictured himself as a daddy blogger with 170k followers on Facebook.
While going to school at Minnesota State for his Master’s in Creative Writing, Clint Edwards jokes that he just always assumed he’d be homeless. When he graduated, he took no chances and applied nationwide, landing him in the Willamette Valley in Oregon.
After completing his ‘grand literary memoir’ and sending it out only to face one rejection after another, he decided to switch it up and write an essay about being a stay at home dad and how it opened up his eyes about what a stay at home parent does. He published it on an old blog that he had created for a college assignment, and his head exploded when it had 1000 readers. Up until that point, he had been lucky to get 300 readers for anything he had written. He decided that for a year, he would publish on that blog 5 days a week.
People seemed to be reading it and soon he had gained national attention. He is now a staff writer for “Scary Mommy” and Disney’s parenting site, Babble, and has written articles for the Washington Post and the New York Times, and has even appeared on Good Morning America. He also wrote a book, This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: (Parenting. Marriage. Madness) and hopes to publish his second book next year, I’m Sorry, Your Husband.
So what keeps his readers coming back for more? Clint says that honesty has helped him gain a lot traction, especially as a dad who empathizes with his wife and admits when he’s wrong or makes a mistake when it comes to parenting, “I like to think that I’m pretty honest about it. A lot of my essays that have been the most successful have been the ones when I’m just charging along trying to be the ‘cool’ dad, and the ‘best’ dad, but I was really wrong about something.”
His article, “I blamed my wife for our messy house, I was wrong for many reasons” is a perfect example of that. It is about a real life argument that he and his wife about their house being messy that caused him to realize that although their house wasn’t always spotless, they have really bright and happy kids.
Clint Edwards and daughter, Nora.
Clint and his wife, Mel, have three kids. “My son is 10… and he’s pretty cool, you can ask him. My daughter is 7, about to be 8 and she likes to tell me that she’s a princess and doesn’t have to listen, but she’s cute. Our youngest daughter just turned three and if you can imagine living with a wild raccoon on a pot of coffee, that is my daughter right now. If she had been the first kid, she would have been the last.” Most readers would agree that his quick wit and ability to bring humor into even the most mundane and even unpleasant parts of parenting have also played a role in his fame.
Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, we couldn’t resist asking Clint about his past Father’s Day experiences, which brought out his tender side, although he still threw in the humor and honesty that he’s famous for. “Well, I get a nap! Which is the best gift that any father could receive. I usually get some sort of a gift that I never wanted from my kids, but it’s given with love so it’s hard not to accept it. Last year I got a poop emoji pillow which ultimately ended up in my son’s room, so I think he bought it for himself, but he gave it to me with this gap-toothed grin so I couldn’t help but say thank you.”
So what does it mean to Clint to be a dad?
“Between the blog and being a dad, and then work which can often be stressful, there’s a lot that wears me down as a dad, but on Tuesday nights I’m home with just my daughters. My son goes to boycotts and my wife does some other stuff with our church and so I watch My Little Pony with my daughters. And I look forward to it every week. That is the thing that I love, is to sit down with my daughters and have them snuggle up against me and we watch My Little Pony. That to me is being a dad. Watching a show that you don’t like and would never watch in a million years, but your daughters love it and they’re snuggled up against you and it’s warm and nice and it makes going to work okay, and it makes the rest of the week okay.”
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By Hannah Darling