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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Marty Coleman | The Napkin Dad
Not a dad blog, as such, but the backstory gives us goosebumps.
In 1998, Marty Coleman, a then-unemployed artist, was on lunch-making detail for his three daughters. On a lark, he began making drawings on napkins, three a day, which he packed with the lunches. After a few months, he got depressed, because those napkin drawings – the sum of his creative output during that time – were being thrown away.
His now ex-wife took his daughters to California that summer, and he spent that Father’s Day alone. When his daughters called, they told him they’d hidden his presents in the house. One of the presents was a cache of his napkin drawings – his daughter had saved them all and given them back to him.
“I cried when I found them,” Coleman writes. “She really didn’t, and couldn’t, understand how much it meant to me to have her do that, and to have them still in existence.”
The napkins found new life on Flickr, and later propelled Coleman to the pages of Time magazine. Although his daughters are now grown, he continues to draw on napkins.