Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2012

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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Best Design


Clicking through Portland, Oregon artist/designer (and stay-at-home dad) Joel Henriques’s lovely blog brings to mind the words of 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon: we want to go to there. There’s something soothing and inviting about the beautifully designed site…More»

Made by Joel


“We are just two more yuppies raising their kids in the most dangerous city in America,” Jim Griffioen says of life in Detroit with 7-year-old Juniper and 4-year-old Gram. Started in 2005 by Griffioen and his wife, Sweet Juniper has appeared on our list of…More»

Sweet Juniper


They certainly keep busy over at Wired’s GeekDad. There’s a ton of content on the tech-obsessed blog (stated mission: Raising Geek Generation 2.0), and a lot of it hews to expectations. Frequent topics include The Hobbit, Star Wars, Legos, and the zombie…More»

Wired’s GeekDad


You’ve heard of Mr. Mom? Jon Armstrong has generally been known as “Mr. Dooce,” husband to famed mom blogger Heather Armstrong. The two separated this year, leading to some piercingly honest posts on his site, like the one written after his two…More»



Writer and radio host Jim Higley used to be like one of those bobblehead dolls they give away at baseball games. Like the bobbleheads, he’d paste on a smile and nod his way through life…More»

Bobblehead Dad


We don’t know who Black Hockey Jesus is. Perhaps his moniker, like that of the Holy Roman Empire, is three misnomers, and he is neither black, nor a hockey player, nor the Son of God. We cannot say, and we’re not sure we’d believe him even if he were…More»

Black Hockey Jesus


Truth be told, this is less a site about how to be a dad than a site about how not to be one. There are two SoCal fathers behind this joint operation, which appeared on last year’s list at #45: Charlie Capen, an artistic triple threat (actor-musician-writer), and his friend Andy…More»

How to Be a Dad


This humorous, well-designed blog, which ranked #44 on last year’s list, follows the continued adventures of Troy Pattee at work, at home, and at play. Since he is a work-at-home dad – a WAHD, if you will – there’s a lot of overlap among the three…More»



With the title in distressed, Soviet-hip font, the logo (a beer bottle crossed on a baby bottle, in the manner of the hammer and sickle) on a field of faded red and yellow, and an exhortation to JOIN THE MOVEMENT right on the splash page, DadCentric boasts the…More»



Most of us have known a frugal dad at one time or another — you know, the one who kept the thermostat at 64 degrees in the winter to keep the heating bill down or limited his kids’ showers to two minutes to save water. Frugal Dad is right at home with that type of…More»

Frugal Dad


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10 thoughts on “Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2012

  1. Mitch says:

    I am humbled to be included.
    Many thanks.

  2. My husband keeps two daddy blogs. One is about our twin boys with a lot of humor about pregnancy and twins. The other is about all the bad ideas he has. Parenting is all about making mistakes and he writes about them. Please consider him.

  3. David says:

    I keep a dad blog (not been going long) at and would love to be considered next year or have some honest feedback from the pros!

  4. Joejunk says:

    I find a fun site for middle aged dads. Funny writing, looks good, relevant to dads and husbands.

  5. My husband’s account of an Air Force life with four children and a wife.

  6. Zack says: is a new unique look at the very funniest and truthful parts of Fatherhood.

  7. CJ says:

    A great foodie website about fatherhood, food and cooking with kids.

  8. Mike Smith says:

    My Dad Blog is not usually funny or techie or geeky or grillie or single or gay. That’s okay! There a really good blogs out there. My blog is a serious call for men to be better fathers for their children and families. “Helping Father to be Dads” hopes to dwindle the homes without fathers to much less than the current 40%.
    Thank you!!

  9. Great blogs everyone. Please check out my blog at, I’m just getting started but I think you will like the content that is there.

  10. Sean Davis says:

    Loving the list! Has a new list been compiled for 2013 and 2014?
    My blog = From Lad to Dad, One man using humor to survive kids, babies, and pregnant ladies

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