City Dads Group will be recognized by its online parenting peers tonight with nominations for two awards for its social media work.
The City Dads Group blog has been nominated for Group or News Blog of the Year and The Modern Dads Podcast for Best Parenting Podcast at the third annual Iris Awards.
The Iris Awards honors “the art of parenthood,” according to its organizers. The awards recognize “the finest expressions in art, commentary, commerce, philanthropy, ideas and connections, all the while celebrating the emerging industry created by its pioneers and leaders,” according the Iris Awards website.
Nominations and award winners are determined by votes received from past attendees of the Mom 2.0 Summit and Dad 2.0 Summit parenting conferences. The awards are scheduled to be bestowed tonight in Dana Point, Calif., at the 2016 Mom 2.0 conference.
The competition in both categories is strong. In the blog category, for example, City Dads Group faces much bigger, more popular and better-financed entities such as Buzzfeed Parents and The New York Times “Motherlode” (recently renamed “Well Family”).
Three City Dads Group blog contributors have also been nominated for Iris Awards. The Modern Dads Podcast will go against the Poppin Bottles Dad-Cast by Philadelphia Dads Group members Benjamin Mullen and Nick Browne. Jeff Bogle, another Philly Dad, is nominated for Best Photography.
Chicago Dads Group member Jim Higley also received a nomination for Philanthropic Work of the Year for his work with Camp Kesem, an organization that supports the children of parents with cancer.
In Greek Mythology, Iris is the messenger of the gods who linked all humanity with the heavens. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld. She is a parent and is associated with communication, messages, and new endeavors.