OK, so I hate writing posts like this. I wasn’t going to bother because (a) I don’t like to brag, (b) I’m writing about blogging which I rarely do, and (c) I’ll probably sound like a right prize twat. Still, I’ve decided to put these three reasons behind me and write a quick post to share and celebrate two recent successes. If you’re therefore irritated by bragging, blogging and twats, then you have my permission to press the little ‘x’ in the top right of the window.
So, what’s the news then? Well, this ‘ere blog has recently been named not only one of the top dad blogs in the UK, but also one of the top parenting blogs. That is pretty mental. Stats and rankings aren’t the be all and end all, but as someone who uses his blog as a platform to earn an income, external recognition like this does mean a lot.
Last week, Tots100 released their Top 10 UK Dad Blogs list for 2016. This is something I’ve been lucky enough to feature on since May 2015 when I was ranked number 5. This year, I’ve done slightly better by moving up to 2nd in the tables. Funnily enough, I was named #2 on Vuelio’s Top 10 UK Daddy Blogs list back in June, so I quite enjoy the consistency between the different scoring systems. Not quite Gold, but at least I’ve made it onto the blogging podium.
The second bit of news was a bit more of a surprise. On Wednesday this week, Vuelio also included me on their Top 10 UK Parenting Blogs. Weirdly though, I didn’t just manage to scrape onto the chart – I somehow bulldozered my way up to fourth. That’s fourth out of 10,000+ parenting blogs in the blogging world. Not quite as good as Leicester City taking everyone by surprise and winning the Premier League last year, but not that far off.
Now, I don’t think I’m the fourth best parenting blog in the UK. I’m sure there are plenty of other people who’d agree. That’s not intended as self-deprecating – there’s just so many good blogs out there. If a media and PR monitoring company calls me that though, then I’m going to whore myself out with that title until this time next year.
Obviously it’s great to be on the list, but the thing I like even more is that it features three other dads. The parenting world is still very mum-focused and mum-dominated, so to have four dads feature in the top 10 is pretty incredible. It doesn’t just seem to be lip service either.
In my two years as a dad and a dad blogger, I’ve noticed more companies are embracing us fellas. I’m being approached more and more by brands wanting to work with dads, either individually or alongside mums as parents. I’d therefore like to think that Vuelio’s recent parenting list throws even more evidence at the growing ‘dads matter too’ agenda. To be part of that – by sharing my life as a stay-at-home dad – is pretty cool.
So, I reckon that’s all I wanted to say. Hopefully I wasn’t too much of a twat.
Still, if I were, I don’t really care.
After all, I am the fourth best parenting blog in the UK…
P.S. Love you really. Thanks for reading, engaging, interacting, and most importantly, humouring me.