Are These Your Favourite Dad Blogs?
Babble.com, the parenting website that many bloggers love to hate (but also secretly want to appear on their Top 50 lists), has released their Top 50 Dad Blogs. (With run on sentences like that, I will never appear on another list.)
The list is not as controversial as last year, but I'm sure it stirred up some turmoil in the dad arena. All rankings are by their nature arbitrary there are must-read blogs on the list, and probably some that have been left off. (One of the things I find most annoying about the list is that, in true Babble fashion, they don't always include outside links to the blogs.)
Nonetheless, there is some very powerful writing out there by male writers. And the Babble list is a good place to start if you are looking for some more blogs to read, or need a little more testosterone on your list.
Babble named Black Hockey Jesus as their number one pick. His response to being the "Greatest Dad Blogger In The World" is pretty hilarious.
How To Be a Dad is number two. The writers are clear that "If you were looking for a website telling you how to be a dad… You didn’t find it." They bill themselves as an entertainment website but their posts will do more than just make you laugh -- they will remind you that you are part of a bigger community of befuddled parents.
Rounding out the top three is Sweet Juniper. The choice of Sweet Juniper does highlight some of the oddities of the list. It is a good blog, but Jim has only posted three times since Halloween.
Personally, I read Wired Magazine's Geek Dad because I like the idea of raising geeks (well, I am raising geeks), and Geek Dad supports all sorts of geeky pursuits of science, video games and Star Wars. I always find interesting links and learn something from their site.
I also check out my friend Gav's blog, Grill Interrupted, for recipes. Whenever I talk to Gav about cooking, I am amazed at the lengths he will go to find the perfect way to grill. One day he will invite me over for his famous beef ribs.
Dadcentric and one of their writers, Two Busy, are also favourites of mine. Dadcentric is smart, funny, and packed with good writing; while I don't always agree with the writers, I (usually) appreciate a new perspective.
Good Men Project is another men's/dad's blog that I used to read. I am taking some time off from them as I vehemently disagree with some of their editorial decisions lately.
One day perhaps the distinction between mom and dad bloggers will be erased and we will instead, just read good writers who give us a laugh when we need it, a sense of belonging when we are feeling alone, and information when we are searching.
Do you read Dad blogs?
Want more chaos? Last year, I asked if you had any parenting resolutions.