Well, I never thought I’d see the day. This is my 1,000th blog post. I won’t get a letter from the queen or anything like that, but it’s a proud achievement nonetheless.
As my good friend John from Dad Blog UK put it the other day, I’m a veteran blogger now. This is a much better way of putting it than I previously have. I’ve been telling people I’m effectively a pensioner in blogging terms.
It all started over eight and a half years ago. Wanting to write a book about being a dad, I decided to try out material via a blog.
I had no idea what I was doing. SEO wasn’t a major consideration back then and I didn’t include images for the best part of a year either.
I just wrote what I wanted once a week and went from there. Things have changed so much since then – both for me as an individual and for blogging as a whole. For me, it grew from a hobby to an occasional source of extra income.
Three years ago, I was miserable and in danger of becoming ill in my old job. Sponsored blog posts were my safety net when I decided to quit and go freelance. Blogging was such a good safety net, in fact, that it soon overtook the freelance work and is now my full-time job.
It’s amazing where a new hobby can take you. And that’s where the blogging community comes in. I’d be nowhere without the support of other bloggers. I’m often asked if I think of them as rivals and the answer is no.
In fact, I tend to think of them as friends and colleagues. I’ve got to know some wonderful people through blogging and have learned a great deal from them. We help each other out and, even though I’m one of the old guard now, I’m still learning new things from other bloggers every day.
Blogging has changed massively since I wrote my first post. This is underlined by the findings of the annual Vuelio Bloggers Survey, published earlier this week.
Back in 2010, the idea of brands working with bloggers was an alien concept to many. Including me.
I remember being surprised the first time I was approached by a PR and offered the chance to work on a paid post.
Now, however, working with bloggers is a key part of brands’ marketing strategies. Similarly, people are beginning to recognise blogging as a career choice rather than a pipe dream.
So I guess the point of this post is to say thank you.
Thank you to my family for putting up with the weird things I say and do on a regular basis as a result of my job.
Thanks also to all the fantastic bloggers who I’ve met both online and in person over the last eight and a half years.
And thank you to everyone who’s read any of my blog posts.
Finally, if you’re thinking about starting a blog, stop thinking about it and start one. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Maybe you’ll be writing your 1,000th post one day too.