Blogging

Seven years a blogger!

A man pointing at a badge with the number seven on it.

Seven years ago today, I wrote my first ever blog post. It was short, to the point and without any pictures. It was also the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever written. Not because I was putting myself out there, you understand. I was a journalist back then, so was already familiar with that. It was …

My best posts of 2016

A selection of images from the best posts of 2016 on Diary of the Dad.

There’s no getting away from it, 2016 has been a monumentally depressing year. As well as Brexit, Trump and the loss of so many great talents, it’s been generally bad for everyone I know. Like most, I can’t wait to see the back of 2016 but I think it’s still important to find positives where …

My thoughts on BML16

The BML16 logo.

I’m just about getting my breath back from the weekend at BML16 so now it’s time to look back. Here are my thoughts on how the conference went, interspersed with the three completely random pictures I took… Just added my #clangersforkindness wish at #BML16 Really hope it comes true! A photo posted by Tom Briggs …

The Walking Dad

A spoof TV show poster with the words "The Walking Dad"

Today is a proud landmark for me – this is my 500th post! So much has changed since I wrote my first one, but I think I’ve stayed true to the roots that it established by writing in the same voice, talking about family life and sporadically mentioning zombies! In the time that I’ve been writing …

My smart guide to blogging

A laptop computer.

I had something of an epiphany recently; I’ve become a professional blogger. Since I quit my job eight months ago, the official line has been that I’m a freelance copywriter. However, while I was updating my earnings spreadsheet the other day, it struck me that this blog has accounted for most of what I’ve earned …

High five!

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 …

I must be MAD…

I’ve come to a realisation of late. I’m too English for my own good at times.  I’ve always been an “after you” sort, but have missed out on the last piece of cake in the office more than once and held doors open for countless oblivious people too many times and have therefore decided to …