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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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They certainly keep busy over at Wired’s GeekDad. There’s a ton of content on the tech-obsessed blog (stated mission: Raising Geek Generation 2.0), and a lot of it hews to expectations. Frequent topics include The Hobbit, Star Wars, Legos, and the zombie…More»

Wired’s GeekDad

2


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…More»

Grill Interrupted

3


Clicking through Portland, Oregon artist/designer (and stay-at-home dad) Joel Henriques’s lovely blog brings to mind the words of 30 Rock’s Liz Lemon: we want to go to there. There’s something soothing and inviting about the beautifully designed site…More»

Made by Joel

4


Most of us have known a frugal dad at one time or another — you know, the one who kept the thermostat at 64 degrees in the winter to keep the heating bill down or limited his kids’ showers to two minutes to save water. Frugal Dad is right at home with that type of…More»

Frugal Dad

5


Dad Labs claims to be “taking back paternity,” and indeed the site, which ranked #8 on last year’s group blog list, is all about grabbing fatherhood by the horns. The frequent dispatches cover everything from running to co-sleeping to the BBST…More»

Dad Labs

6


The group of bloggers over at 8BitDad come off like easygoing dudes out of a Kevin Smith movie. They have a knack for working Star Wars into many conversations. They post product reviews of guy stuff like action movies, tools, and videogames…More»

8BitDad

7


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), and his friend Andy…More»

How to Be a Dad

8


Buzz Bishop kicked up quite a controversy when, in a recent post on Babble, he casually admitted, “If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of the two.”…More»

Dad Camp

9


Brainchild of Lance Somerfeld and Matt Schneider, NYC Dads Group is a coterie of New York fathers who meet in real time; their 600-member support network and social group is intended to be “the destination” for Gotham dads, and ranked #6 on…More»

NYC Dads Group

10


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)…More»

High Tech Dad

 

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10 thoughts on “Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2012

  1. Mitch says:

    I am humbled to be included.
    Many thanks.
    Mitch

  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 http://www.dadbab.com and would love to be considered next year or have some honest feedback from the pros!

  4. Joejunk says:

    I find MalePatternMadness.com 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:

    thenkidshappened.com 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.

    http://theepicureanpig.com/

  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%. http://www.michaelbyronsmith.com/blog-helping-fathers-to-be-dads.html
    Thank you!!

  9. Great blogs everyone. Please check out my blog at mrnewdad.com, 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 http://www.fromladtodad.com

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