We've updated the list: To view 2012's Top 50 Dad Blogs, click here!
Why do a Top 50 Dad Blogs list now? Haven't dads been blogging just as long as moms? Do we really just like making these lists? Here's the truth: At Babble, we've been waiting for this moment for years. No, this is not the beginning of Dad blogging - far from it - but it is the first year in which Dad blogging is making it to the masses in a big way. Whether it's a single post that gets over 114,000 "likes" on Facebook or a riveting panel discussion at the Mom 2.0 Summit or the hilarious (but effective) #occupyBabble Twitter campaign, Dad bloggers are gaining more recognition with every passing month. In the process, they are also changing the way we think about fatherhood, parenthood, and exactly what is possible for men raising families.
So here they are, our first ever picks for the Top 50 Dad Blogs - from the well-designed to the most provocative, from the funniest to the most useful. We hope you'll find this listing most useful, and will discover (or rediscover) the great voices within its ranks.(View full list here.)
And one final note: We left group blogs off this list to make room for all the individuals (and one pair); stay tuned for our Top 10 Group Dad Blogs list, coming soon. - Greg Olear and the Dad blog panel: Catherine Connors, Brian Braiker, Cecily Kellogg, Brian Sargent, Laura Mayes, Jack Murnighan, and Danielle Wiley.
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Aaron Gouveia | Daddy Files
Aaron Gouveia’s tagline claims that he’s been “kicking fatherhood’s ass since 2008,” and his blog is proof that he doesn’t play with his words. Gouveia is a one-time newspaperman, and whether he’s writing about Mother’s Day, Everybody Poops, or divorce, his writing brims with journalistic precision.
Once a SAHD, Gouveia has now taken on the role of primary breadwinner. His recent posts about this transition – his commute is a killer, and he only gets to spend a few hours a day with his son – are particularly compelling:
“It got so bad that this morning, while I was getting ready, I kept hoping Will would wake up. And when he didn’t wake up on his own, I “accidentally” made some noise in his room. Just so I could have 15 extra minutes with him. Making more money is a great thing and I’m proud to provide for my family. But I miss them. Terribly.”
Yes, this blog is well worth inclusion on our list – even if he does hate the Yankees.