Guest Top Ten List

Shawn Burns is the author of Backpacking Dad, the only blog about fatherhood that people mistake for a hiking resource. He is a full-time dad, a full-time Ph.D. student in philosophy, and a full-time husband, which makes three full-times he has to squeeze into every day. He is okay at it. Read his blog or follow him on Twitter @BackpackingDad. About this list he writes:

There are a lot of blogs. Contained within this lot are parenting blogs. Contained within this lot are dad blogs.

Dad blogging may be the Internet's tiniest niche; or at least it's least lucrative. Dad bloggers blog for the love of blog (and of their kids, but if someone would name one of their kids "JamesSmithdotblogspotdotcom" without their partners eviscerating them, it's the dad blogger who would dare) and although remuneration is no doubt just over the horizon, so far it seems to be a labour of love.

I find myself drawn to dad bloggers who have, not necessarily an agenda, but a decision. There is some delineated aspect of parenting that they've decided to focus on more than anything else and it's this decision that makes them interesting. It could be a decision to focus on issues for stay at home dads, or just the decision to let children inspire them to dramatic feats of prose. These are the men who more than anyone else make blogging something more than just putting words on a page.

Top 10 Deliberate Dad Blogs

Always Home and Uncool

Kevin wants you to laugh. No, he needs you to laugh. If you aren’t laughing then he isn’t doing his job. And he is good at his job. Fatherhood isn’t just funny in Kevin’s world, it’s the most hilarious thing ever. For some, receiving a note from a child that says “I hate dad” would send their F-14 DadCat into a flat spin of Goose-killing depression. But Kevin just laughs, and we laugh with him.

Cry It Out: Memoirs of a Stay-at-home Dad

Mike Adamick is an extremely gifted writer and also a stay at home dad. For those dads who are just starting out at home, or for those writers who want to read your feelings on someone else’s page, Mike’s blog offers not just a look into what being an at home dad can be like for someone really and truly invested in it, but also shows us all how to tell a story cloaked in the glamour of the English language.

Dadcentric

A group blog by a group of bloggers who happen also to be a group of dad bloggers, DadCentric’s choice is voice: voice for the fathers who seem lost in a sea of mommy blogs. It is both a tug boat and a juggernaut, leading dads to explore issues in their lives with humour and honesty, and also spearing through the waters of parent blogging leaving cresting waves of testosterone in its wake. You can see it spreading from space like an oil slick.

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Daddy Dialectic

Jeremy Adam Smith, who writes most of the posts at Daddy Dialectic, is very interested in trends, shifts, and problems in modern fatherhood. He is the author of the newly released "The Daddy Shift," a book exploring the relationship between the changing attitude of fathers and the nature of the family. Daddy Dialectic is as smart a corner of exploration as you will find in the great romper room of parenting blogs.

GeekDad

Wired.com’s contribution to the dad blogosphere is a terrific firehose blog that offers up item after item for the technically-minded father’s enjoyment. From science fiction news geared toward dads to step-by-step instructions on how to disassemble a VCR with your kids, GeekDad is one of those blogs that I could refresh all day long. Like so many on this list, it’s a blog I wish I could write.

Honea Express

Another writer who just does what you’d want to be able to do yourself, Whit Honea explores fatherhood from the working dad’s angle. He has lots of jobs, but somehow he always finds time to invite Jango Fett to his kid’s birthday party to hunt down Darth Vader and raise his severed, candy-stuffed head before the crowd. He is more honest than most about the pressures of fatherhood, and the joys of whiskey, but his love for his kids is ecstatic.

Rebel Dad

No one pays attention to the way the media portrays fathers, and at home fathers in particular, like Brian Reid. He wages an almost single-handed battle against the broadcasters and journalists who see nothing more interesting in fatherhood than Mr. Mom and the stereotype of the bumbling, disinterested or overwhelmed dad.

Skeptic Dad

Our skeptical hero, Tick Tock, approaches parenting from a deliberately scientific perspective. He writes about issues in science and pseudo-science that affect parental decisions (vaccines and autism being his most explored topic) and he challenges parents to think twice, or even thrice, before being drawn to the latest pool of parental propaganda and leaping in with both faithful (or gullible) feet.

The Wind in Your Vagina

A mix of writing about parenting, about the self, and about the process of writing, Black Hockey Jesus’ metaphysical explorations are usually hilarious, sucker-punching readers with the comedy of the unexpected, but they are also almost always deeply introspective. He is better than most at tying ordinary parental moments up with a big fancy Bow-of-Contradictory-Examination. And when he turns his skewed lens of unreality on fatherhood he incinerates norms like so many ants who were just minding their own business.

Xbox 4 NappyRash

The name expresses both the inevitable exchange of childish things for childy things when fatherhood descends, and also the desperate plea of our hero, who, by the time I began reading, had been trapped in infertility limbo for a year, wishing nothing more than to finally perform the exchange promised: anything, even his Xbox, for a diaper rash. His perspective on fatherhood is all the more unique because he’s been ready for it, but outside of it looking in, for so long. After years of trying, though, it seems his efforts have been rewarded: at the time of this writing he is expecting his first child and his joy leaps off the page.

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