So, I’ve Been Shortlisted for a Northern Blog Award!

The title kind of sums up what this post is about.

For those of you who follow me across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will know that last week I was shortlisted for a Northern Blog Award in the Parent Blogger category. I am also the ONLY DAD BLOGGER in my group, which I am extremely proud of. I am hoping that this will show brands and agencies what I’m about and also let other content creators know what I’ve achieved. I know to some this might seem small and I know I am only a small fish in a sea of bloggers but for me, it’s massive. This achievement comes just as Dadtastic Voyage turns One year old. Hard to believe I know

As the old saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. How the time has flown by since I published my first post a year ago today (Snippet | The Tale Of My Vasectomy) and embarked into the crazy world of blogging. I can honest say I’ve never looked back. I had an amazing opportunity earlier this year to take 17 weeks of Shared Parental Leave (from my 3 days a week at the local Tesco) thus I decided to set up my own blog. I set out wanting to share the things I get right, the things I get wrong and the things I learn about what It means to be a Dad. I also wanted to give a Dad’s perspective on the world of parenting but mainly to stop myself going completely insane.

Being a blogger is an amazingly social network with thousands of like-minded people who have all offered advice and support every step of the way. Some of my favourite bloggers have followed me since day one and other I have only discovered recently but they all offering personal advice, tips and encouragement at every turn, which has been invaluable. I am lucky enough to call many of these people ‘friends.’ I love regularly reading, liking, commenting on and sharing their content. I think they like mine too, I’m not sure. I guess at least one person has read my ramblings, otherwise I wouldn’t have received a nomination, right?

It’s seriously cool and such an honor to be among such a bunch of awesome people.

I think the most ironic thing is, I don’t blog for the awards, fame or the online spotlight. I blog for me. I like writing about my adventures with the girls, or something that’s amused me or simply about a thought I had and need to share with the blogging community. If someone reads it and likes it, great. If not, that’s OK too.

However, if someone likes my content enough to nominate me for a blogging award, I’m not going to turn it away. I will accept it with a degree of humility and say thank you very much.

Rome was not built in a day. I know It’s one of those things where you get out what you put in. I have a long way to go before I’m anywhere near close to some of the big hitters and blogging royalty out there but I’d like to think I was on my way.


Voting is now open and I’m hoping you’ll help me win this thing. So I’ll be all over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and doing everything I can to help promote myself. The more votes the better, right? Please follow the link below to cast your vote.

Categories: Life and Parenting

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