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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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


TwoBusy, #17 on last year’s list, features the poetical musings of its unnamed author, who moonlights at the group blog DadCentric, among other places (he really is busy). Although the posts are sporadic, TwoBusy’s writing offers…More»

Two Busy


“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


Doug French’s firstborn son was 15 months old when Dad lost his job (or, as French puts it, when “the large, corporate stink-palace that signed my checks decided it didn’t want to anymore”)…More»

Laid Off Dad


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


“I swear the last thing I remember was throwing down a couple of pitchers with the boys, and pondering my biggest worry in life: how not to appear too hung over at the office tomorrow. Then I awoke, holding my breath in front of this Diaper Genie contraption…More»

The Busy Dad Blog


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»



Dad Wagon, which ranked #4 on last year’s group blog list, has been blessed by no less an authority than Parents magazine as “a little better than most blogs.” That’s no surprise given that the dads helming this operation boast some serious journalistic bona fides…More»

Dad Wagon


Catch the fun as this sybaritic 43-year-old New Yorker transitions from
jet-setter to diaper changer. He began his blog right after his wife became
pregnant in 2004, nervous about the impending challenges of fatherhood in the big city and eager to write about it all…More»



Backpacking Dad is Shawn Burns, who explains, by way of introduction, “I am a dad. I have a backpack. My kids ride around in the backpack.” We love Shawn for his perspective
as a Ph.D. student of philosophy at Stanford, as a Canadian father who is willing to get into the…More»

Backpacking 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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