Welcome to DadCAMP, a Canadian dad blog written by Buzz Bishop.
The site is accessible for all parents wanting to share stories about their kids, discover new things to do with their family and get tips and tricks to navigate the parenting minefield.
In 2014, DadCAMP had:
228,391 total pageviews
162,377 unique visitors
219% year-over-year growth compared to 2013
As of January, 2015, here’s how DadCAMP subscribers break down:
3,871 Twitter (@dadcamp)
10,093 Twitter (@buzzbishop)
1,221 Facebook (/dadcamp)
450+ LinkedIn (in/buzzbishop)
1471 Google+ (/+BuzzBishopdotcom)
206 Instagram (/dadcampgram)
592 YouTube (4.5 million views, /user/z953buzz/)
8,330 Pinterest (/buzzbishop)
HOW IT STARTED
Like many parents who faced an employment hiccup, Buzz started DadCAMP in the fall of 2009 as a way to get out and network with other dads while he was between jobs.
The idea was to duplicate the unconference style of BarCamp, DemoCamp and the like to encourage monthly meetups for fathers to get together with their kids and make new friends, share ideas, and have fun. DadCAMPers attended hockey games, train rides, and toured pumpkin patches.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
The Vancouver Sun called DadCAMP’s Buzz Bishop “an information addict and pop-culture junkie — but you could also call him a media artist. He sucks up cultural information, reorganizes it into a dazzling format that makes listeners laugh and makes them feel smart.”
Cision Navigator, a Public Relations, Communications, and Marketing resource for top media contacts, has picked DadCAMP as one of the most influential Dad Blog Brands in Canada.
Huffington Post named @DadCAMP one of 15 Best Parenting Tweeters (and the only Dad on the list with 14 Moms.) “He links to his always-compelling pieces about modern fatherhood, as well as intriguing content from around the web,” the site noted. “If you’re looking for think pieces and hot topics, this is your man.”
DadCAMP was picked to Babble.com‘s list of 50 Best Dad Blogs of 2012 (at #16) “It’s not just Bishop’s provocative candor that keeps us coming back to DadCAMP,” Babble noted,“it’s the practical tips, too.”
Named to Voicebok‘s list of Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2013.
Named to LifeScoop‘s Top 10 Wired Dad Blogs.
Named BrighterLife‘s 2014 Family Award winner as one of the top family writers in Canada.
DadCAMP is a popular Canadian Dad Blog that is sought by media outlets as a voice of parents in Canada. DadCAMP creator, Buzz Bishop is a media professional and has been interviewed for or featured in numerous articles:
Brutally Honest: Is it OK to be naked in front of your kids? – CNN, December 16, 2014
Parents and politicians hoping kids will get more active – Global Calgary, December 11, 2014
Is the ‘be a man’ stereotype hurting boys – CNN, October 31, 2014
No more homework: Growing movement, especially early on, to ban after-school assignments – National Post, September 5, 2014
Mom arrested for leaving 9-year-old alone at park – CNN, July 21, 2014
Sorry to ask but … do women apologize more than men? – CNN, June 26, 2014
Parents say banning chasing games at school is ‘silly’ – CBC, June 13, 2014
Calgary teacher’s letter says students need to ‘stop chasing games’ at recess – Metro, June 12, 2014
4 daddy blogs you should be reading – Canadian Living, June 2014
Family happiness: Do parents expect too much? – The Globe and Mail, February 6, 2014
‘Economically worthless but emotionally priceless’: Children don’t make you happy, but can still be rewarding, expert says – The National Post, January 25, 2014
Buzz Bishop Cheerios Photo: Calgary Dad Issues Photo Contests Warning – Huffington Post, September 18, 2013
Calgary Father Feels Cheated By Son’s Image On Cheerios Box – Calgary Herald / The Province, September 18, 2013
Parents Behaving Badly – National Post, June 5, 2013
Parenting Advice From 5 Daddy Bloggers – The Globe and Mail, May 23, 2013
Calgary: It’s time to start caring about school trustee elections – Metro, March 25, 2013
10 Notable Calgarians and their Favourite Restaurant Dishes – Avenue Magazine, March 1, 2013
‘I have a favourite son and I’m not ashamed to admit it’: Dad blogger – Globe and Mail, September 20, 2012
Does reality show Honey Boo Boo mock or celebrate the poor? – Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
Mommy Bloggers are gaining clout, and retailers are taking notice – The Globe and Mail, August 9, 2012
From the trenches: Words of social media wisdom – The Globe and Mail, August 2, 2012
Marathoners globetrotting for a good cause – Montreal Gazette, August 1, 2012
Top 10 Canadian Dad Blogs On Twitter – Cision Navigator, June 4, 2012
Wanted: People Who Can Actually Write, Edit – Postmedia, March 31, 2012
Radio Host Loves Calgary Special – Calgary Herald, February 24, 2012
Top 25 Canadian Parents On Twitter – Canadian Parents Magazine
A Parents Elf Help Guide For The Holidays – The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2011
Steve Jobs’s Words Live On in Cyberspace – The Montreal Gazette, October 6, 2011
While the DadCAMP community efforts create bonds amongst Dads, the content on this Canadian daddy blog is always provocative and conversation starting. Buzz is a free-thinking writer who has no problem sharing his successes, failures, and sometimes controversial questions about parenting.
DadCAMP’s honest and straightforward style has been a starting point for discussion on parenting issues by media around the world.
DadCAMP articles have been discussed on:
Good Morning America, Perez Hilton’s Perezitos, ABC, Inquisitr, The Bert Show, CNN, HLN TV, Mashable, The Globe and Mail, Global News, Fox and Friends, CBC, MetroParent, Jezebel, MSN, Yahoo!, Maclean’s, Examiner, Slate, Inside Edition, The Australian Women’s Weekly, The Baltimore Sun, Hello Magazine, Fox News, The Huffington Post, CTV, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, Global Television, The Daily Mail, Radar Online, The Arizona Republic, Conan O’Brien, AOL, and more.
DadCAMP is open to user submissions. View the guidelines to submit your stories.
You can send email to dadcampmail [at] gmail [dot] com.