Welcome to The DADventurer!
I’m Dave, a 30-something, happily married bloke who blogs, vlogs and podcasts as The DADventurer. During 2016, I have been recognised as the #4 UK Parenting Blog (Vuelio) and #2 UK Dad Blog (Tots 1oo and Vuelio).
Living in Hertfordshire with the missus (Hayley), 2-year old daughter (Toddler L [previously Baby L]) and sausage dog (Dax), I started my parenting blog in July 2014 as a place to share my experiences, learnings, misdemeanours, failings and random musings about becoming a dad. This was partly to document our lives, partly to give a dad’s perspective on parenting, but mainly just to try and keep me out of trouble…
The DADventurer blog has chronicled my experiences of pregnancy, birth and being a newbie dad to our awesome daughter. Then, in May 2015 when the missus went back to work after maternity leave, it began to cover my life as a stay-at-home dad in the often mummy-focussed world of parenting. I’m now well over a year into my new ‘job’ with no serious injuries or fatalities to speak of.
My content is quite varied to say the least – I pretty much write about what comes into my head. One minute I’ll be penning something random about life with a toddler, the next I’ll be on my soapbox discussing issues faced by dads, then the next I’ll be reviewing some household gadget.
No matter what I write though, I always try to ensure that it is interesting, entertaining, honest, unique and laced with humorous undertones. Some of my most popular blog posts include:
- A Transcript From A Night Out With The CBeebies Presenters
- I’m A Daddy With Mummy Guilt
- The Greatest Baby Products Never Invented…Until Now!
- I’m A Dad And Dads Don’t Babysit (Unless We’re Paid)
- 4 Reasons Why Toddlers Are Like Drunks
- 5 Gross Things I Didn’t Think I’d Do Before Becoming A Dad
- 8 Things To Consider If Having Sex In The Same Room As A Baby
- What If Babies Were Superheroes?
- 6 Things That Prove Babies Are Purposefully Annoying
- An Open Apology To The Missus
- 13 Random Thoughts From Watching Kids TV on CBeebies
- 5 Things I Probably Shouldn’t Do As A Dad
- 5 People I Hate Now I’m A Dad
Hahaha – some of those posts are hilarious. LOL. ROFL. And various other acronyms which I don’t quite understand.
I don’t want to sound too much of a twat by calling myself a “pro-blogger”, but I guess that’s what I am. My primary job is looking after Toddler L, but my blog has grown to become a successful part-time business which I operate around nap times – hers and mine. Not intending to get too braggy about things, but the DADventurer is recognised as:
- Number 4 Parenting Blog in the UK according to Vuelio (November 2016)
- Number 2 Dad Blog in the UK according to Tots 100 (October 2016) and Vuelio (June 2016)
- A finalist in BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs 2016) in the ‘Family’ category (May 2016)
- Shortlisted for Closer magazine’s Blogger Dad Of The Year 2016 Awards (June 2016)
- Shortlisted for Vuelio’s 2016 Blog Awards for Dad Blog (September 2016)
- I had the privilege of being asked to read one of my blog posts as part of the Bloggers’ Keynote at BritMums Live 2015. You can check me out in action here:
As a former business consultant and now freelance writer / blogger, I regularly provide content and opinion to different publications and media outlets. This has included the likes of BritMums, BBC Local Radio, Bleacher Report, Metro UK and Very magazine. Also, my work has, and continues to, feature quite heavily on my mum’s fridge – although she’s not quite sure how it keeps getting put up there.
I am also a regular contributor to podcasts, including the Meet The Parents podcast for which I am one eighth of the podcast team. I also help to run the UK Dad Blogger Facebook group which currently has some of the finest dad blogging talent in the country.
I welcome all comments, questions, suggestions, approaches, random messages and abuse. So if you have – or haven’t – enjoyed what you’ve read, are friendly / unfriendly PR folk or are a spambot offering Viagra, increased traffic or riches, you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter / Facebook.