Last year, when we inaugurated our Top 50 Dad Blogs list, we praised dad bloggers for “changing the way we think about fatherhood.” Indeed, a number of our favorite bloggers on this, our second Top 50 list, insist our thinking needs to be changed. They describe themselves as advocates for fathers, taking to their keyboards in order to counter dominant cultural stereotypes of dad-as-incompetent-buffoon. (You don’t believe them? Tune in to most any family sitcom on most any night of the week.) Others on the list aspire simply to entertain us with funny, relatable tales from the trenches. A few write to work through the shattering grief of losing a child or spouse.
This list features straight dads, gay dads, working dads, stay-at-home dads, geek dads, single dads, and more. In a culture where the dominant conversations around fatherhood center simply on whether dads can deign to change their kid's diaper, it's refreshing to see these guys take the public perception of parents into their own hands. We are again struck by the variety of their voices and experiences, which itself puts the lie to the notion of any one “typical dad.” A lot of our favorites from last year are back, while many worthy entrants are making their debuts. We hope you’ll enjoy laughing, crying, nodding, and discovering along with them as much as we have. As dads' online influence grows, this list will only become more and more difficult to curate — and that's a good problem to have. If you think we missed any of your favorite dad bloggers, nominate them here. – Barbara Spindel and the dad blog panel
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Stay-at-home freelancer Kevin McKeever, who began blogging about his adventures in fatherhood in 2008 (he also blogs at DadCentric) is a lot cooler than he’d have you believe. It’s cool that the photo on his blog’s banner is The Boy in a sketch from the old Electric Company. It’s cool that he refers to his wife as “My Love” because Daffy Duck did the same in a short cartoon made in 1941 called The Henpecked Duck. It’s cool that the title of the blog, which came in at #47 on last year’s list, alludes to a crucial scene in Almost Famous, in which we learn that being uncool is, paradoxically, cool.
McKeever is funny – after holing up in the family’s suburban Connecticut home during hurricane Sandy, he writes, “We had enough weather-related togetherness last week to hold us through the spring. The spring of 2015” – but he has his serious side, too. His daughter has a rare autoimmune disease called juvenile dermatomyositis that he writes about candidly, bringing attention to a condition we might not otherwise know about.