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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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)…More»

How to Be a Dad


“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


Out-Numbered is Jason Mayo, and Jason Mayo is outnumbered. He’s married and has two daughters, making his the only Y chromosome in the household (with the exception of the family’s dog and, possibly, their pet lizard). His blog came in at #15 on last year’s list…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


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


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


The Chicago dad behind this awesomely titled blog, who’s been “blotting tears since 2002” and who came in at #32 on last year’s list, might find himself weeping because his kids, Grayson and Macy, have been pushing his buttons all day. Sometimes he is the creator of…More»

Why Is Daddy Crying?


The super-sized tagline sums it up pretty nicely: “There’s this guy in his forties and his wife gets pregnant with twins and he builds an addition on their house but before he’s done his wife has the babies and then he has to stay home and take care of the kids and…More»

Beta Dad


David Vienna is the father of young twin boys, hard-won after struggles with infertility and eventually conceived through in vitro fertilization. On his blog he shares what he calls “bad parenting, accidental victories, and abject panic.” Not all the parenting is bad, not all the…More»

The Daddy Complex


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»


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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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