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Meet The Blogger – David

Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to David who blogs over at The Single Dad’s Guide To Life.

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
My name is David Elliott, blogger, librarian, and divorced parent of a lovely 13 year old daughter.
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?

The short story: I dated somone who blogged and it inspired me to jump in full steam as I knew I could write. The long story, I had been interested in blogging and writing for quite sometime with many fits at starts. I must have had a hundred different blog ideas at times. There was my Guide to dating online, which while funny, I didn’t feel like I wanted to expose everyone else’s secrets. Would make dating life difficult which no one needs to add anything to the difficulty of dating these days. I did a political blog.

Enough said. I tried a movie blog but felt like there were too many of them out there. Finally, after meeting this someone I went out on a date with, I saw how successful you could be with a parenting blog. So I started trying to find all the dad blogs out there. There are a few, but it’s not like the mom blogging business where there are so many you have to find a niche within the mom blog world. The dad blogs were fewer. But I did find a few which inspired me. And then I started blogging, speaking about my experience being a divorced parents and how difficult it can be. This lead to other writing and here I am.

HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?

I wouldn’t say it has changed a whole lot. I have added different series as time has gone on. But the voice is uniquely mine. And the types of posts aren’t so different you won’t recognize who this is right off. Sometimes they are more serious. Sometimes less serious. But always me.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

I think my funniest moment, or maybe most ironic was meeting the person who I dated a couple times and disappeared, but inspired my blog at an event. It was a strange and uncomfortable moment at the time. But I can laugh about it now.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?

When I had an auto poster on twitter curate content for me and I realized I could never do that because some of the content it added to my twitter feed made me cringe. That ended any notion that auto posting was a good thing.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?

I would say try to build a bit of a social media following first to give yourself a head start, especially as it regards promoting you blog. Always try to engage your audience as often as possible. And have fun with it. If it’s not fun, or it gets to a place where it isn’t fun, why do it?

WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?

I never realized how much work marketing a blog could be and all the different places you would have to market it. I had a very tenuous relationship with facebook and twitter before this. Now I figure twitter can be my best medium when I am trying to be funny.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

What spare time? Haha! Honestly, I’m not sure it really exists any more between a full time job and a full time blog, plus a daughter. If I can make enough money with a full time blog to quit the full time job, things might be different. But for now, free time is an amusing concept.

IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?

It really would depend on how much. But since I never play the lottery unless it gets over 100 million, I’ll assume I won that much. I would pay off debts, set aside money for my daughter’s college, buy a home, quit my job, start blogging full time, and invest more money back into my blog, possibly growing it and recruiting other dads to blog for it so it was a business and not just me writing.

WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
Single Dad Laughing. I know many people who claim how fake his is. But I don’t see it any differently than anything any other bloggers do. We all curate our content and put on our best face. Is her perfect no? But he’s hilarious and I love it about him.
You can follow David at
Instagram – @toastycritic
Twitter – @ToastyCritic
Pinterest – @toastycritic

Thank you David for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.

If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.

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Comments (28)

  • Cassie Mayers 1 month ago Reply

    Lovely to read about other bloggers, and I think he has a great idea for new starters. I focused on getting my social media up first too. Though not my instagram and I am wishing I would have worked harder on that, some newer bloggers seem to have way more followers then me.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    I am glad you enjoyed the post and finding out more about David. I agree with social media but like you my Instagram is not good x

  • Nina Louise 1 month ago Reply

    This was such an interesting post! I love the idea of a dad blog – a place for dad’s to go to read and enjoy content. Such a fantastic idea!

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    This was the first Dad blog that I came across when I started blogging, there are a few more now but not many which is a shame as Dads voices need to be heard as well x

  • So interesting to hear that you had tried different genres of blogs before finding your feet with a parenting blog – always good to hear things from a dad’s point of view

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    I love dad blogs, and wish there were more of them as love reading from a dads perspective x

  • Jenni 1 month ago Reply

    It’s so lovely to ‘meet’ another blogger I really love reading and learning a little more about the people behind blogs.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you, I am loving hosting the series x

    Elizabeth Williams 1 month ago Reply

    Love reading about other bloggers, great questions to learn more about David. I read his blog and do agree that his voice and blog style is definitely his own.

    admin 1 month ago

    I love finding out about the person behind the blog which is why I am loving hosting this series x

  • Brianne Tursi Manz 1 month ago Reply

    I am all for dad blogs! There are several here in the U.S., and I am glad there are more. Great spotlight on a dad blogger!

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    I love dad blogs, but they do seem to be a lot fewer which is a shame

  • Rhian westbury 1 month ago Reply

    Such a nice interview, and he’s right there’s very little in terms of dad blogs out there but there are so many mummy blogs x

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    It is true, I have seen a few recently but they seem to dwindle away which is a shame

  • the Curious Pixie 1 month ago Reply

    I love reading about other bloggers. It’s always great to read fresh content and different perspectives.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    I agree about fresh content and different perspectives as well x

  • Rebecca Smith 1 month ago Reply

    So nice to find out more about David! I have checked out his blog quite a few times so nice to learn more about the person behind the blog.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you I think a few of us have seen his blog a few times and agree it is nice to learn more x

  • Jess Howliston 1 month ago Reply

    Great post (and lovely to read about you David and your blog!). I love posts like this as its always so interesting hearing how people come into blogging and things they love and hate about it too!

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you, I am like you and love hearing about different peoples stories x

  • michelle twin mum 1 month ago Reply

    I think everyone quickly realises how much work blogging and particulalry marketing your posts is, it takes forever! Mich x

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    There is a lot more work than you first think when you start blogging x

  • Wow! This is really a cool way to introduce us to other bloggers. Keep up the good work.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you am glad you enjoyed the post x

  • Katie 1 month ago Reply

    I love reading about other bloggers and finding out what they find to be the best and most difficult parts of blogging.

    Katie xoxo

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    I love interviews as well, and am loving hosting the series and introducing new bloggers x

  • Lyanna Soria 1 month ago Reply

    Wonderful interview and it’s nice to know more about other bloggers through the use of interviews like this. A great way to introduce us to other bloggers as well.

    admin 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you I am glad you enjoyed the interview, I am loving hosting the series x

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