Who Is The Rookie Dad?

The Rookie Dad
Brandon – The Rookie Dad

I am Brandon, The Rookie Dad.

I became a father (a rookie dad if you will) in late 2010 and have been writing about it since. I take a deeper look at what a dad is feeling in a particular moment. I am a working father who is trying to do what I can to provide for my family. I realize that I won’t be the best parent in the world, but I can’t keep from trying right?

I am the father of 2 boys who will argue, fight, bicker, and still be best friends despite their five-year age gap. It is all be uncharted territory.

Am I Still The Rookie Dad?

The birth of our second child has brought forth the question, when will the Rookie Dad change his rookie status? Well, it won’t. I believe that there is not a thing as a parenting pro and that with each passing day there are new challenges to be had. 

I enjoy coaching my kid’s sports team and teaching them the life lessons that come along with stepping back into the batter’s box each and every at-bat. 

I’m also a big fan of traveling with my family. There isn’t a day that goes by that we aren’t dreaming up our next family road trip.

A recent passion of mine has become coffee! Recent is relative in this because my relationship with coffee started when my wife and I started dating but recently I have started to take more care in how I brew it and the various beans and blends that I am making. One of my favorite parts of my day is when I can wind down in the evening with a nice cup of coffee. 

I am a dad from Kansas City… if that has any value in this conversation. I also have had a lovehate relationship with the Kansas City Royals over the past years, but they are still my hometown team and I’ll root for them through thick and thin.

As The Rookie Dad, I enjoy writing stories from the heart. Stories that get told from the dad’s perspective… a rookie dad’s perspective. I also like providing tips and tricks that I have learned as a parent. I mean, what would a rookie dad be without learning something now and then right?

In my off time, I enjoy reading a good book, watching sports, and spending time in the great outdoors.  Not only do I write about parenting, but I also write about fitness, travel, and sports.

The Rookie Dad
Brandon is always thinking about how to work with your brand.

Find me on Social Media

If you are a brand, well here’s what you need to know. I’ve worked with brands such as FractureMe, Phillips 66 (for multiple campaigns relating to branding) Dove Men+Care, FacebookPhilips Norelco, Hasbro, AmazonGeneral Mills, Epson, and PBS. I’m not afraid to say that I might not be the biggest blogger out there, nor do I intend to be, but I will be able to make a personal connection with your brand that will have a way of connecting to the readers of this site.

I have also contributed to The Good Men Project, Traveling Dads, and Dads Round Table.

If you are interested in working with a passionate blogger who has a way of connecting to his readers, feel free to contact me at brandon@therookiedad.com.


  1. Florence November 15, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Ah, but you weren’t a surprise to William. You and your wife are his “perfect fit.” Rest easy and enjoy the journey!

  2. thelifeofjamie December 4, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    I was not ready to be a parent either- even though we were trying! Now I can’t imagine not being one (although somedays I do fantasize about my sleep and freedom! :))

  3. leighwalter December 4, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Found you by accident but your blog made me smile. You and William will grow together, you will learn about life, yourselves and each other. Enjoy the journey (there isn’t an end to it) and it’s certainly a special one!

    Leigh – mum of three

  4. She's a Maineiac February 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    I just love your blog! Best wishes to you and your journey as a father!

  5. Ryan Reagan April 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Way to go bro! Good to have you in the league.

    1. bjbillinger April 3, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      Thanks! Took a look at your blog! Looks pretty cool… I’m going to add you to my daddy blog links on my blog.

  6. pinoyleonardo April 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    I’m happy to see other dads going through this happy kind of thing. With your first born, you would be learning a lot more… I am!

    1. bjbillinger April 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      I honestly think that my blog is the one thing that is keeping me sane during these first parts of parenthood. I’m learning lots!

  7. Sandi Ormsby April 11, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Hey there!

    Fellow parent blogger here…but a mom. My husband is actually considering entering the blogging world soon! Anyway, when I have a moment, going to read through some of your posts and I subscribed.

    I’ve fallen into an entire community of bloggers and meeting some great people all over…swing on by when you have a chance! Don’t be shy and say “hi!”

    *on a mission to build a blogging community- blogger from each state!

    1. edwincov April 12, 2011 at 1:31 AM

      Haha! My curious mind couldn’t stop itself from clicking on your link, Sandi. I gotta say, the A-Z challenge is pretty “ahhsome!” 🙂


      1. edwincov April 12, 2011 at 1:33 AM

        Haha! My curious mind couldn’t stop itself from clicking on your link, Sandi. I gotta say, the A-Z challenge is pretty “ahhsome!” 🙂


  8. Forbidden Fruit April 11, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    All The Best Rookie Daddy 🙂 life with the kid will be very exciting! I promise you that. Right now my one year old son is emptying my makeup drawer. :s

  9. Kemi April 12, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    There’s nothing as moving as seeing a man and his child form an unbreakable bond. Loving your blog & keep up the excellent work! K

  10. Thomas Claridge April 19, 2011 at 8:19 PM

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  11. pinoyleonardo May 4, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    This is a great blog. Let all daddy bloggers unite! Please visit my blog at: http://www.robaminute.wordpress.com

    BTW, how do I add people on twitter? Find me as @pinoyleonardo

  12. Ahin Chakraborty July 28, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    I am amazed to find how many dads are out there who feel the same way I do – about being a dad. Glad I found your blog while searching for blogs on parenting. I will continue to read your journey as I chronicle mine on http://whyfatherhoodrocks.wordpress.com/

    Fatherhood rocks, believe me it truly does!

  13. suzyplatt March 16, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Hi I just nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award, the post is on my blog! 🙂

  14. Chris Hall March 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Hi Brandon, I just received the Liebster Blog Award from Oster’s Mom who writes the family blog http://discoveranddevour.com/. The Liebster Award is designed to help new and infrequently visited blogs by getting bloggers to talk about and promote one another. So I am presenting you with the award. I frequently visit your blog and believe it deserves the award.
    For more information and to get your Liebster Blog Award image for your blog go to http://JaydonAndDaddy.com

  15. Freaking Peachy September 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Great site! Honest and humorous.


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