Yesterday Babble announced the Top 50 Dad Bloggers of 2011 – an honoring of the dadosphere not yet done by Babble. Why now? The article states:
At Babble, we’ve been waiting for this moment for years. No, this is not the beginning of Dad blogging — far from it — but it is the first year in which Dad blogging is making it to the masses in a big way.
This year, the #1 spot was filled by Mike Adamick of the blog Cry It Out. The #2 spot, ironically, is filled by Polly Pagenheart, the author of Lesbian Dad (and, notably, a woman) a fact that seems to have been met with no annoyance or irritation among the dad blogging community.
However, there has been much grumbling about other aspects of the list.
Just a couple of weeks ago Babble released its Top 50 Twitter Moms list. This was apparently an issue for the dad blogging community who felt slighted for not being included, you know, on a list for moms. This led to the formation of the #OccupyBabble hashtag on Twitter (really dads? really?), and the attempt to take over the nomination part of the Babble Twitter list with dad bloggers.
Overall people were grateful to be included in the list, but there were many that were disappointed to be left out, particularly those that host group dad blogs (only solo dad bloggers were eligible) such as DadCentric.
But things got a little heated once folks began to debate who deserved to be on the list and where.
I can’t help but think about the incredible backlash mom bloggers would receive were they to respond in the same way. Sure, each time a new list comes out many of us bemoan not being included (and write a flurry of posts about how lists don’t matter), but I’ve never seen one mom blogger single out another mom as being undeserving (you know, publicly).
I also find it fairly ironic (and somewhat irritating) that dad bloggers are insisting that they be awarded the same attention, accolades and respect that mom bloggers get –- which, hilariously, is actually very little. You’ll forgive my cynicism; I was just reminded that women will make two million dollars LESS in their lifetimes than their male colleagues, so I’m having a lot of trouble with dads feeling left out of much of anything.
Apparently, some of the dads understand this.
What did you think of the list? Were your favorite dads included?