Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Most Viral Post of 2012

In 2012, I tried to make a difference.

In January, I managed to be annoying enough to make Philips change the description of a parenting product from "Made for Moms" to "Made for Parents."

Made for parents

In February, I complained about Internet trolls who use every opportunity to criticize other parents.

internet trolls

In March, I tried to be positive by defending Huggies record when it came to dads.

defending huggies

In April, I dismissed the Terrible Twos myth.

terrible twos myth

In May, I attacked the idea that men are perverts unless proven trust-worthy.

men perverts

In June, I wrote about my problem with the Mr. Mom movie.

Mr Mom

In July, I wrote about my own inadequate parenting, and about failing to see the world from my boy's point of view.

failing dad

In August, I mentioned two companies that "got" fatherhood, portraying dads as normal people, rather than as stereotypes.

companies get it

In September, I wrote about the changing view of fatherhood.

changing view of fatherhood

In October, I wrote about what is still probably my proudest moment as a father.

proudest moment of fatherhood

In November, I made the case for calling out companies that offend dads, trying to look at marketing as a part of a bigger picture.

Dads Don't Babysit
Find out about the petition at

And in December, I wrote about the Dad Bloggers Facebook Group I started.

dad bloggers facebook group

And after all of that, what has been my viral post? Which of my posts has been seen by over 32,000 people? How DID I make that difference?

Unfortunately, it wasn't a blog post, and it wasn't anything related to parenting or to fatherhood. It was this picture of a bubblegum flavored apple I put on my Facebook page, taken while shopping in the supermarket.

Bubblegum flavored apple

By the time I got home, it had been shared 285 times on Facebook, and seen by over 32,000 people. The description of the picture was, "They sell bubblegum-flavored apples in the supermarket. That asteroid can't come soon enough." It was funny, because it was a couple of days before the end of the world, see... Anyway, I took the picture and continued shopping. And suddenly, by the time I get home, a man who could--and maybe one day would--live on nothing but Nutella, is seen by thousands of people as an advocate for healthy food.

Oh, Internet...


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