Last Updated 02/11/2016.
The Mad House is an award-winning blog that chronicles the family life of Jen Walshaw. Using her blog as a platform Jen wants to prove that there is no such thing as the perfect parent but more about finding the right dynamic that works for you. From crafting activities, cooking with kids, to practical parenting tips, Jen encourages her readers to take a more creative approach to family life.
Coming in at second place is Slummy Single Mummy, authored by Jo Middleton, who won blog of the year at our first blog awards. Currently a mum of two, living in Somserset, Jo divides her time between her family, blogging and as well as being a freelance marketing, social media consultant, copywriter and trainer. Jo’s blog contains her musings of everything from Sesame Street, Disney Children books to family travel.
Sally Whittle is a full-time blogger living in Lancashire with her 9-year-old daughter Flea and their West Highland terrier puppy, Teddy. Sally launched this blog, as a place to capture the true story of her life with Flea. Rather than being glossy lifestyle blog, this charming blog covers a chaotic, fun-loving family that loves to explore and make the very most of every day.
“A blog about life with the missus, the toddler and the sausage dog”, The Dadventurer started life with the aforementioned toddler in 2014. Its author, former business consultant, freelance writer and stay-at-home dad Dave, delivers excessive swear words, random thoughts, brutal honesty and plenty of laughs through a succession of blogs, vlogs and podcasts. Drawing on his own experience Dave uses his blog to chat about the challenges of sending his child to nursery, sleep deprivation, and enjoying family days out.
Susan is a working mother of two “little princes”, aged 6 and 8, and a two-year-old “princess” – and Once Upon A Time is the story of their life in a “fairytale town” in Scotland. Since beginning to blog in January 2010 she has attended several conferences and been nominated for several awards and is now a key figure in the Parent Blogging community.
Tigerlilly Quinn has documented Fritha Strickland’s life since before she had children. The blog was initially a mix of lifestyle, interiors and crafts but has now grown into a take on a ‘modern vintage home’ with two young children. Tigerlilly’s blog features posts about family trips to Legoland, creating fun activities for her children during half-term, and Halloween looks for kids.
7. Man Vs. Pink
In 2012, Simon Ragoonanan gave up a career as a TV producer to become a stay-at-home dad to his daughter who was then six months old. He was also determined to share with her his love of sci-fi and superheroes – and to make clear that little girls can be interested in so much more than princesses, and that pink is just one colour among many. Taking a slightly less conventional approach Simon blog contains posts like: ‘How can you explain Donald Trump to your daughter, reinventing the little princess stereotypes, as well as a feminist colouring book to help little girls dream big.
John Adams is the married father of two young girls who gave up a career in PR/communications to become a stay at home father in 2011. He started blogging about his experiences of household management and childcare in 2012. As well as writing and blogging about parenting, fatherhood, family life and days out, John also looks at men’s style and grooming, travel and a host of other lifestyle subjects.
BritMums is the UK’s largest collective of lifestyle bloggers and digital influencers, covering topics on food, parenting, travel, politics, style and more. Founded by Susanna Scott and Jennifer Howze, the network has grown to more than 8,000 social influencers, representing 15,000+ blogs. The site itself is a hub for support and advice, with collateral for the network’s events, conferences and awards – as well as a blog showcasing the best of the network’s talent
10. The Dad Network
The Dad Network is the UK’s fastest growing network of dads. With 5,500 dads at the heart of this expanding community and a global reach of over a million subscribers and followers, The Dad Network is a hub that all parents should check out. The Network has over 40 contributors from bloggers to vloggers as well as 20+ local dad meet ups around the UK and beyond
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these Parenting blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.