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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Mike Spohr | Newborn Identity
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Mike Spohr, a copywriter-cum-stay-at-home dad and husband of mom-blogging fixture Heather Spohr, began blogging when his first child, Maddie, was born in November of 2007. Months premature, Maddie survived a long stint at the NICU and was at home and thriving until a sudden and severe respiratory infection claimed her life in April 2009.
Spohr now has another daughter: one-year-old Annie, whom he writes about with all requisite joy. But he will always carry a torch for Maddie – on a recent post, he candidly discussed how he might feel on the day when his younger daughter had lived longer than Maddie. His experience of fatherhood, filtered through his profound loss, has helped many readers process their own grief.