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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C.C. Chapman is a new-media star and a force of nature. The self-styled “thought leader” is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur, and as a marketing consultant, he’s helped countless companies broaden their reach by better utilizing social media.
But Chapman is also a dad, and that might be the job on which he puts the highest premium. He’s the creator of the terrific mega-site Digital Dads and of his personal blog, #37 on last year’s list, which ranges as far and wide as his own disparate interests, including issues related to fatherhood. Case in point: His take-down of Ragu for an ad campaign he considered insulting to dads. “I long for a brand to embrace fathers and really step up and cover both sides of parenting,” he lamented. Like the motivator he is, though, Chapman didn’t stop there, offering the company free marketing advice in a follow-up post. The company proceeded to contact him to discuss the kerfuffle. Like the sauce-makers, when Chapman talks, we listen.