There’s been a lot of talk online lately about what the role of men will become in the future, how the rise of women may be leaving men behind, and that men are somehow “less” when compared with the women of today, who are clearly “more” than they used to be — but if you try to tell any if this to a dad blogger, especially if you bring up the “End of Men,” you will almost undoubtedly change your tune after hearing what they have to say. (Check out the Babble Salon series on this very topic, if you don’t believe me.)
Dad bloggers, of course, have been around for years, but 2011 has seen a real ground swell in recognition of their work. Jason Avant has been leading the charge with his ground-breaking blog for fathers, DadCentric, which was just named by Parents Magazine as “Best Dad’s Blog.” Avant, after seeing that six fathers were included on Babble’s Top 50 Twitter Moms list, formed the Occupy Babble movement to let the editors of the world know that the dads were mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore. Okay, maybe he didn’t actually say that, but he made it very clear that dad bloggers were fed up with being marginalized by all the major parenting websites and the PR firms that work predominantly with mom bloggers. One Babble Top 50 Dad Blogs of 2011 list later, the guys have gotten what they asked for with the announcement of Babble’s newest blog, Dadding.
There are so many great dad bloggers out there, the Top 50 Dad Bloggers list only begins to cover the talent that can be found online, but the Babble family is thrilled to have none other than the DadCentric leader himself, Jason Avant, writing on the Dadding team. (You can read his opening salvo right here.) He is joined by Mike Adamick, who just so happened to be named the number one dad blogger on Babble’s 2011 list, and Ron Mattocks and Michael Sheehan, who picked up the #36 and #35 spots, respectively.
This group of writers is whip-smart, funny, insightful, and sometimes so tender-hearted you might find yourself reaching for the nearest tablecloth to wipe up the tears (not that I’m talking from personal experience or anything). It is an exciting time here at Babble, and we can’t wait to see the parenting-relevant posts that share their unique view of the world that is filtered, as Avant says, “through the prism of fatherhood.” Adding, “Dads are writing about politics, pop culture, science and technology, art, economics, religion, you name it. Being a dad colors every aspect of our lives, and informs our stories, ideas, musings, and opinions.”
In a so-perfect-you-could-never-even-plan-it twist, the debut of the Dadding blog coincides with the Movember campaign, which seeks to raise awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer, by asking men to grow mustaches and raise funds for the cause. Men start the month of November clean-shaven and then transform into Tom Selleck-like “Mo Bros,” prompting conversations about men’s health all month long as they try desperately to not be mistaken for sex offenders. Now, guess which of the four newest bloggers at Babble.com are participating in Movember. [insert Mello Yellow's Oooooh Yeaaaah here] All of them, baby.
May I present Babble.com’s Dadding bloggers (and Mo Bros), in all their hirsute glory:
God help us all.
And welcome to Babble, guys, it’s about time we all got together.