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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Can’t think of anything to make for dinner tonight? Get yourself over to Grill Interrupted. Gav Martell, who lives in Toronto, was barraged with so many requests for recipes that he self-published a cookbook by that name several years ago. When people continued asking the father of three for more recipes, a blog was born (its subtitle: “Whereupon I take a short break from BBQing to jot down some recipes for you all”). Sophisticated yet family-friendly, recipes range from a beef stir-fry with snow peas to a pasta Caprese salad to curried salmon cakes. (Note that you don’t need to be a grill master to pull off any of these.) The sumptuous photographs should get your mouth watering and inspire you to get cooking.