Diary of the Dad: the reboot

Two old-style cinema tickets and some popcorn

I spent a good chunk of the Christmas holidays watching animated films while Dylan and Xander who, having campaigned tirelessly to have them put on, naff off to empty the kitchen cupboards or chase each other around, shouting “bum bum to you”. I’m so proud. As a result, I’ve been immersed in so many anthropomorphic adventures, irritating moral messages and bucket loads of mild peril that it feels like my life has become a 90-minute feature. This has got me thinking about what kind of a film Diary of the Dad would be, were it one.

I like to think that it’s reasonably intelligent and quirky, but given its smaller – but nonetheless very warmly welcomed – audience, I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be an indie film. You know the type – you suddenly become aware of them a couple of years after they came into being . Sometimes they’re a breath of fresh air for cinema that you really enjoy and others they’re so wide of the mark that they don’t really work and you feel cheated of the time you spent watching them. Hopefully I’m somewhere in the middle of that bracket!

This blog will never be a box office smash, but I’m okay with that. When I started out, I had no desire to be the best and the same applies now. In the last year though, like the main protagonists in any number of films, I think this blog lost its way a little. I’ve flirted with the idea of trying to become a ‘name’ with it and have done the product placement thing a little more than I originally intended to as well, but I’m well and truly over that. My blogging and social media time is scarce as it is, so it has to be a pleasure rather than a chore.

So I guess my new year’s resolution – well, my one for Diary of the Dad anyway – is for it to be a true reflection of me rather than based on how much I can make out of it. It doesn’t need a sequel, so it doesn’t need a big budget either. Indie – albeit rebooted – will suit me fine thank you very much. I can’t promise that I won’t bang on about zombies now and then though – if I’m being true to my roots, they have to have a place as I named it after a George A. Romero film!

Maybe some of those irritating moral messages got through to me after all.

What kind of film would your blog be?


  1. Notmyyearoff

    Happy New Year!! I think the blog world has changed so much, over the last year especially, that its easy to be swept along with it. I think my blog did that too around this time last year. I tried to reign it back in about 6 months ago and I think I’ve been happier with it. So my main mission this year is to remember why I started blogging in the first place and and try not to veer off just because its fashionable.

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      Happy New Year to you too and a great mission of choice there! I’m hoping I manage to stay on the straight and narrow; I’ll still work with PRs but I intend to be more selective and write more ‘me’ posts. We’ll see!

  2. Sarah Miles

    If you put my three blogs together I think they’d be like a Richard Curtis film…a bit Love Actually. Without Hugh Grant, alas.

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      In that case, I’ll be the voice of Rowan Atkinson (as Mr Bean) when I comment on your posts. 😉

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