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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Derek Markham | Natural Papa
Derek Markham is what we would characterize as crunchy. He takes it a step further, describing himself as a “treehugging dirt worshipper.” In short, he’s a lover of the Great Outdoors and all things natural, sustainable, and green (he also loves coffee and high-speed Internet, though, so it’s not all like an episode of Little Bear).
Natural Papa is a blog devoted to natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, homebirth, composting toilets, local food production, bicycles, and all matters of parenting as it relates to sustainable living.
While some who proselytize for this lifestyle can be preachy, Markham’s great strength is that he manages to convey zeal without acting like a zealot. Plus, promoting this kind of lifestyle is easier when you can make it taste good – he has a kick-ass recipe for vegan banana bread.