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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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. Since then he’s gotten divorced, met a new woman, and moved in with her and her two daughters. In short, he’s got plenty of material to work with.
After a recent hiatus, he reintroduced himself to readers thusly: “For all you first-time visitors here, this site is, for lack of a better phrase, a ‘daddy blog.’ What the hell is a ‘daddy blog?’ you might ask? Well, I can’t answer for all of them but I like to think of this site as being very similar to a ‘mommy blog.’ Except with real humor! And 50% less crazy! (Just kidding, ladies!)”
Given MetroDad’s living situation, we figure that one might have gotten him into some hot water at home.