Well I’m not sure how this has happened, but Diary of the Dad is five years old today! It started as a sparse, text-only online diary that I wrote once a week if I got round to it and is somehow now in the nosebleed-inducing territory that is the Top Ten UK Dad Blogs. According to WordPress this is post 404 – let’s hope that’s not an omen.
They say that writing your first post can be an uncomfortable experience and mine definitely was – quite literally. Dylan, who was two months old at the time, had fallen asleep on my right-hand side and the laptop was on the other side of the sofa. I had to reach over him with my left hand – I’m right handed – and type it one letter at a time. That was when inspiration struck though, so needs must!
Even though I now rely on this blog for a fair chunk of the family income, I like to think that I’ve stayed true to its original raison d’être of keeping a record of family life and also to the tone that I established in that first post. Kate always tells me that the secret of ageing well is to keep the same haircut and, in a way, that’s what I’ve at least tried to do. Short back and sides and nothing elaborate.
And what a five years it has been. This blog has opened up so many amazing and unexpected opportunities for me and my family and I’ve made some wonderful friends as a result too, so that can’t be bad.
Thanks to Diary of the Dad I have…
Earned jobs based on the skills it has taught me.
Learned how to solve a Rubik’s Cube.
Somehow won a MAD Blog Award.
Been invited to speak at conferences.
Started a podcast with blogging pals and won an award for it, despite our amateurish and infantile ways.
Been on national radio.
Been to an international youth football tournament.
Taken part in some questionable festive music videos with other equally shameless dad bloggers.
Met Michael Palin.
Squeezed into top ten dad bloggers list for the last three years.
Interviewed three World Cup Winners.
Edited a book of posts by dad bloggers.
Got a realistic chance of actually making it as a freelancer and possibly, if I’m really lucky one day, a pro blogger too.
And the best part of all of this is that if genuinely feels like I’m only just getting started. I bloody love writing this blog and, despite the fact that I already wrote for a living beforehand, nothing else comes near it. This is my proudest work and, hopefully, it’s going to get better. There’s plenty of room for improvement and I’m ready to charge head-first into it.
Thanks for reading!