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
26 / 50
“I swear the last thing I remember was throwing down a couple of pitchers with the boys, and pondering my biggest worry in life: how not to appear too hung over at the office tomorrow. Then I awoke, holding my breath in front of this Diaper Genie contraption, cursing myself for not leaving enough tag end to tie it off. How did I get here?” On the Busy Dad Blog, Jim Lin not only tells you how he got there but what happened next. A lot: He is now a divorced dad of two, son Fury and daughter Lessi.
If anything, divorce has made the Bay Area dad even busier. “It’s amazing how many zoos and museums you discover within a 75-mile radius when you only get to see your kids a part of each weekend,” he notes. “Divorce forces you to be more creative because you’ll be damned if that Xbox, Netflix, or Yo Gabba Gabba will define your day.” Whatever’s going on in his hectic life, Lin, who appeared on last year’s list at #39, has a knack for remaining upbeat and energetic. You’ll be glad to be along for the ride.