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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- #10 Most Useful
HighTechDad is the place “where technology and fatherhood collide.” Today’s kids have access to an often-bewildering array of electronics, video games, gadgets, hardware, and software. Fortunately, parents have access to this blog, where techie (and father of three) Michael Sheehan sorts out the proverbial wheat from the chaff, offering an insider’s insight into which new products are valuable for kids and which are duds. Sheehan is particularly good at translating tech-speak into plain English, so even the most dyed-in-the-wool Luddite has something to gain from a cyber-visit to this blog, which ranked #35 on last year’s list.
Here you can find reviews of new products and a trove of how-to and DIY info. HighTechDad also features giveaways and an active forum for tech-talk.