By KATHERINE MEYER
April 3, 2006; Page R9
Lots of parents keep blogs, but “daddy” bloggers have carved out their own niche within the blogosphere. “Daddy” blogs gripe about the same ups and downs as mommy blogs, but from a male perspective, so you might find more posts on cool cars as well as restaurants where the men’s room has a changing table.
Daddytypes offers content from which all parents (moms included) can benefit, including product reviews, links to articles, and helpful hints (such as where to find sales and coupons for kids’ stuff).
Written by Greg Allen, a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter, the site also offers a fair dose of quirky commentary. For example, a recent post delved into critical analysis of the popular Australian children’s show “The Wiggles”: “Lately, of course, the Wiggles find themselves stretched thin personally, and they’re trying to shore up and extend the brand in an attempt to avoid a bleak Rolling Stones-like future of endless geezers-in-turtlenecks world tours.”
”¢ REBEL DAD
This blog aims to “put the stay-at-home dad trend under the microscope.” Written by Brian Reid, a writer who works largely from his home outside Washington, D.C., Rebel Dad reads less like a personal blog and more like a data source on parenting. Posts discuss articles and flag recent studies on topics ranging from “mommy wars” (working moms versus stay-at-home moms) to the merits of minivan ads. The site also has a useful “statistics” page with links to relevant census data and other reports.
For those looking to connect with other dads, Mr. Reid links to SlowLane.com, a networking site for stay-at-home fathers.
Urban hipsters unsure how to adapt to their role as parents can check out Metrodad, where Pierre Kim (who describes himself as a “public policy analyst trapped in the body of an Asian-American fashion executive”), recounts the dilemma of trying to raise a well-adjusted child in New York City while retaining his “hedonistic” lifestyle.
Mr. Kim’s often-cheeky posts include insight into his evolving relationship with his toddler daughter, as well as humorous slice-of-life observations. “One of the things I really love about America is the fact that we’re not afraid to deep-fry anything,” he wrote recently. “I thought I’d tried everything but, on Saturday night, we went to Fix Restaurant [in Las Vegas] and I had deep-fried Macaroni and Cheese. It was amazing!”
Mr. Kim also contributes to dad-themed blogs Rice Daddies (RiceDaddies.blogspot.com) and dadcentric (www.Dadcentric.com).
”¢ CYNICAL DAD
Those seeking ironic relief from the lovey-dovey mush that dominates many parent sites can check out Cynical Dad, which takes a “humorous and cynical look at parenting.” Updated regularly, titles of recent posts include: “Because It’s Not a Birthday Party Until You’re Performing the Heimlich Maneuver” and “My Daughter Wants her Daddy Dead.” Cynical Dad links to other sites that take a humorous look at child care, including It’s Not All Mary Poppins (DayCareDaze.blogspot.com) and Grumppopotamus (Grumppopotamus.blogspot.com).
”¢ DAVID LEBOVITZ
Renowned chocolate chef David Lebovitz’s blog is a mix of everyday musings sprinkled with fascinating food trivia, recipes and mouth-watering photos of decadent desserts. As anyone knows who has read his cookbooks, chocolate is a favorite ingredient in Mr. Lebovitz’s recipes; many are included on the site. (Check out the “chocolate-almond butter crunch toffee” and “pumpkin chocolate chip ring.”)
Mr. Lebovitz lives in Paris and updates his blog about every other day.
”¢ CUPCAKE BAKESHOP
Cupcake devotees can feast their eyes on this virtual shrine to the diminutive desserts. Cupcake Bakeshop, kept by San Francisco software-quality engineer Cheryl Porro, sticks closely to the topic of cupcakes, making a recipe complete with photos and detailed instructions the focus of each posting.
Though Ms. Porro doesn’t post too frequently — new items appear about two to three times a month — entries usually include elaborate recipes that readers can take time to savor between posts. (Check out the “peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache.”)
”¢ DESSERT COMES FIRST
Some of the best food blogs are those that read like a journal, rather than just a list of recipes. Maintained by Lori Baltazar, a food writer based in Manila, the Philippines, Dessert Comes First is a mixture of personal reflections, close-up cake shots and a rundown of Ms. Baltazar’s own experiences with a particular treat. (Read her account of a French meringue-and-nut dessert called sans rival.)
Though Ms. Baltazar has her priorities right — a dessert is featured in each posting — weaving in her own thoughts and family photos gives this blog a more personal flavor.
–Ms. Meyer is an editor for The Wall Street Journal Online in New York.
Write to Katherine Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org