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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Eric Payne | Makes Me Wanna Holler
Eric Payne began his blog as a forum for his fiction pieces; soon, his sage observations about marriage and fatherhood found an audience, and he shifted gears. This content-rich blog is, as the title suggests, his vehicle for venting. As a loving husband and dad to a teenager and a preschooler, Payne has a lot of material.
“This is all about my take on being man, dad, husband, and a few other things in New York City and its environs,” he explains. “Oh, and did I mention I was black, or African-American, or whatever it is these days? Managing all of this all at once is a bit much any given day of the week. But some days it really begins to pile up and it just Makes Me Wanna Holler.”
We don’t mind that at all. In fact, if anything, it makes us want to listen.