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 apocalypse, not to mention videogames, apps, and gadgets of all kinds. (GeekDad also features a biweekly podcast with the editors talking about “anything and everything that impacts us as geeks and parents.”)
Not all of the topics are explicitly related to parenting, but many, like the 10 Things Parents Should Know About… series, help dad — and mom — make informed pop culture choices for their children. Posts like “10 Geeky Movies to Raise Your Kids On” explore ways to transmit a love of nerd culture from generation to generation, while others simply examine parenting issues through a geeky lens. An example of the latter is “Toddlers: Look Like Gelflings, Behave Like Skeksis.” So true! (Okay, we actually have no idea what that means.)
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