As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. How the time has flown by since I started DadtasticVoyage six months ago and embarked on my crazy blogging adventure. The name DadtasitcVoyage existed as an Instagram, Twitter account for around six months before that, just never as a written blog or website.
However, I had an amazing opportunity earlier this year to take 17 weeks of Shared Parently Leave (from my 3 days a week at the local Tesco) thus I decided to set up my own blog. I wanted to share my experiences, learnings, failings and random thoughts about being a stay-at-home dad in a very mummy-focused world of parenting This is partly to document my life, partly to give a Dad’s perspective on being a parent but mainly to keep me out of trouble while off from work. I did write a post about my experience while on Shared Parently Leave. If you’re thinking of doing it then please give it a read.
I wanted to write about my life with a toddler and a baby but also discuss issues faced by dads. When I wasn’t writing about all that I’d pen down all about my latest adventure with my awesome daughters, Olivia and Robyn Not just all that, but I also wanted to make friends within the blogging community or maybe create a community of my own. Plus, If I made a little money from it through sponsored posts and product reviews then that was ok too.
I’ve got to admit, blogging has been an amazing experience so far. The response from you lovely people has been brilliant, with 2.5K blog views and 50 comments to date, alongside 1,126 new Instagram and 1,418 new Twitter followers over the past six months alone. Somehow I’ve even managed to ranked 24th in the Top SAHD Bloggers.
So to mark my six month blogging anniversary, I thought I’d share with you some of my blogging highlights to date.
Blogging as part of a community.
Being a blogger is an amazingly social job, with thousands of like-minded people that have offer advice and support every step of the way.
Some of my favourite bloggers, like DadvWorld, Becster.com and the other members of the #instafamuk have all seemed to have followed me from day one, offering personal advice, tips and encouragement at every turn, which has been invaluable. What’s more, I’ve even been fortunate enough to have some of my post ‘Gender Stereotyping | Are we moving forward?’ published on Blended Parent Network.
Meanwhile, through my favourite blog linky DIY Daddy, I have also discovered loads of other brilliant bloggers who, in turn, regularly comment on, like and share my content, which has been awesome. I’m also massively proud to have been featured in DIY Daddy’s ‘Brilliant Dad Feature‘.
As well as coming across some brilliant blogs that I read regularly, I’ve also found some pretty awesome Instagrammers who I regularly like, comment on and share my content with and who, in turn, interact with me.
It’s seriously cool and such an honour to be among such a bunch of big hitters…
My first sponsored post.
My first sponsored post came in November this year when I was contacted by Kia with an opportunity to test drive their new Stonic. This was part of the Daddy Day Car launch they’d set up to help promote the new car. ‘My Test Drive Of The All-New Kia Stonic‘.
It was an amazing experience that I was very thankful for and a great first post. I’d read some blog post from bloggers I knew had done the test drive before me, so was up against some stiff competition from some pretty big hitters. I can honestly say that I learnt a lot and got some great feedback after it had been published.
I hope this was the first of many sponsored posts that I can share with my new community of friends and with people who value my opinion.
All in all, it’s been an amazing six months of blogging. I hope my posts have made you nod in agreement, laugh and cry in equal measure.
What does the future hold?
After all the things that I have learnt in the last 6 months, I hope to put some of those to the test. Here are some of the things I hope to achieve in the next Six-Twelve months:
| Build a loyal audience
I’ve already got a pretty good bunch of people who I interact with on a regular basis and who, in, turn interact with me. I would love for this community to continue to grow and introduce new members.
| Find my niche
I figure that the more I narrow it down, the better my readers will connect with me.
| Learn basics of marketing
To become a successful blogger I think I will have to at least learn some basics of marketing. There are so many other blogs out there, it’s easy to lose your voice in all the noise. This is a lesson I am learning quickly.
| Figure out how to make money
How do I make money off my blog? This is one of my main concerns as I am hoping it will turn into a full-time career option.
| Convince my wife
I think it becomes easy to convince once I have some income to show on the blog.
Rome was not built in a day. I know It’s one of those things where you get out what you put in. I would love my blog to into a full-time career option, and, hopefully, I can earn more income from the blog that is more than my current part-time salary or at least the same. The best thing about it is that it’s risk-free.