When I heard about the Dad 2.0-led team of bloggers growing mustaches in November to raise awareness of, and funds for, men's health, I figured it was a good excuse to try something different and help out at the same time.
I don't have a lot of free time lately to help others as much as I would like, but I can grow facial hair (Though apparently not very fast.).
I figured I could have some fun and raise some funds. I was right on the first part. Aside from my initial "pump priming" donation of $20, I raised nothing but the ire of my wife and irritation of my children who don't like bristles on my face. The DAD 2.0 / MAN OF THE HOUSE / NYC DADS GROUP / DADCENTRIC / DADLABS team of 65 dads raised more than $19,000 though.
So, when Philips Norelco offered to match up to $15,000 of the teams donation if 40 of us shaved off our beards using their products, I jumped at the chance.
There are more videos from other dads at stachetacular.com
If you look on my page at mobro.com/jdbruewer, you'll see that my 'stache was slow growing and seemed to blend in with my complexion. I decided to add the "Fu Manchu" look, about a week in, so the lower part of my mustache was a week behind the rest. Most of the comments I got were questioning whether I could, in fact, grow a mustache. Near the end of the month, It started to look alright. Just in time for me to shave it off.
While I didn't raise much cash, I did make some great digital friends like Jim Higley of Bobblehead Dad and Doug French of Laid Off Dad. And I got to take part in an original effort to turn a marketing campaign into a benefit for men's health.
So, what have I learned?
I'm not a good salesman.
My stubble grows fast, but my mustache grows slow.
My family is bothered more by my facial hair than I am.
I'm going to do this again next year.