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
Andy Herald and Charlie Capen are two sleep-deprived friends with nothing left to lose but their sanity as they navigate being zombie dads. The duo co-founded HowToBeADad.com and appear on Babble’s “Night of the Living Dads,” The Huffington Post, BabyCenter, and lots of delicious websites. They’re not experts, but that isn’t gonna stop them from pretending.
Ana L. Flores is co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the blog and online community for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids, as well as co-author of the book, Bilingual is Better: Two Latina Moms on How the Bilingual Parenting Revolution is Changing the Face of America. She founded Latina Bloggers Connect in 2010 and found her passion as an entrepreneur and connector. A bicultural and bilingual Latina born in Houston, Ana was raised in El Salvador and lives with her familia in Los Angeles.
Tracey Gaughran-Perez is the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture site MamaPop.com, and the Director of Community and Content Strategy for Sway Group.
After many years as a seasoned music business marketing executive, Blissful Media Group CEO Barbara Jones felt there was a real opportunity to help brands and agencies harness and guide the power of women and moms online. In 2008, she founded the premier word of mouth and blog network, One2One Network and co-founded the top women’s international social media conferences, BlissDom Events. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant on marketing, social media and word of mouth marketing. She happily works in the NYC Tri-State area but dreams of living in the mountains and snowboarding. She has mastered composing emails on her iPhone from a chairlift without dropping it (yet). Barbara is married and has three kids who inspire her daily.
Catherine Connors is Editor In Chief of Babble (Disney Interactive), the author of HerBadMother.com, and a recovering academic who still believes that, given a tear in the space-time continuum that adds six extra hours to every day, she will write the definitive work on the history of mothers in political thought, and/or a children’s book based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile (not really) (maybe). Her Bad Mother was named one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs of 2012. Not ‘top mommy blogs;’ top BLOGS. That said, she proudly claims the mantle of MOMMY BLOGGER, not least because, she’s been called worse things.
Rufus Griscom co-founded Babble with his wife, Alisa Volkman, in December 2006. Prior to that, Rufus co-founded Nerve.com in 1997 and served as the website’s first editor and CEO. In the decade that followed, Rufus grew Nerve Media into a profitable website and online dating business, in the process spinning off Spring Street Networks, an online dating technology company that was acquired in 2005. Rufus serves as an advisor to several New York-based internet companies and sporadically updates his blog, Moments in Succession. Rufus graduated from Brown University in 1991 and has three sons, Declan, Grey, and Rye, with his wife, Alisa.
Doug French is a writer and single dad who has written his personal blog, Laid-Off Dad, since June 2003. He is also co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit, an annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood. He has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Huffington Post, and Parents magazine, and his writing has appeared in several parentcentric websites and blogging anthologies. In July 2010, he made the still-curious decision to create When the Flames Go Up, a blog about co-parenting after divorce, with his ex-wife. She and he and their two young sons recently moved from Manhattan to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it is de rigueur to \”go blue.\”
Cecily Kellogg is best known for her popular blog Uppercase Woman where she has written since 2004. She loves sharing her raw tone and humor on Twitter as @CecilyK, and her posts about social media and moms on Babble as well as writing the Uppercase Lowdown at Babble. Cecily lives in the Philadelphia area, is happily married, is mom to a fierce and amazing daughter, and has occasionally been called a bad ass. Cecily also currently works with AboutOne doing Social Media Strategy. Cecily was named by Babble as one of the Top 100 Mom Bloggers in 2011 and 2012 (and Top 50 Twitter Moms in 2010).