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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Doug French | Laid-Off Dad
Doug French kicked off his blog way back in 2003, when, as he phrased it at the time, “the large, corporate stink-palace that signed my checks decided it didn’t want to anymore.”
A lot has changed since then. He was married and jobless; now he’s a freelancer and divorced (he also blogs at When The Flames Go Up with his ex-wife, Moxie). He’s made the move from New York City to Michigan. He’s become an integral part of our Babble Voices blog community. What has remained constant is the humor, the intelligence, the pop culture insight, and, oh yes, the occasional poem.
“I really enjoy performing the day-to-day daddy duties much more than having to pay someone else to do them,” French says. Fortunately for us, he also enjoys writing about them.