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.)
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Rob Rummel-Hudson | Fighting Monsters With Rubber Swords
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Rob Rummel-Hudson’s daughter, Schuyler, suffers from a rare neurological condition called Bilateral Perisylvian Polymicrogyria and is unable to speak. His compelling and insightful blog, which began in February of 2006 tells their story.
An erstwhile freelance trombonist and music teacher, Rummel-Hudson has taken on the role of his daughter’s advocate with grace and good humor that is nothing short of inspirational. Writing about Gemma Hayter, a developmentally disabled British woman in her twenties who was brutally murdered by people she thought were her friends, he makes a cogent point about societal influences on this sort of violence:
If you choose to look, to really see, you can follow the line from jokes about “retards” in film and television and the stages of comedy clubs to the young people repeating them on the schoolyards, and you can watch those kids grow into young adults and observe them as they live their lives without empathy or compassion for those who have never had value or humanity in their eyes.
Rummel-Hudson provides a voice for a daughter – and, by extension, a community – who literally have none. And he’s a dad worth listening to.
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