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AT WHAT POINT DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A BLOGGER?

AT WHAT POINT DO YOU CALL YOURSELF A BLOGGER?

I was blogging for well over a year before I felt comfortable calling myself a Blogger. 

When I first started blogging I wasn’t aware you could make a living from it, so it was really a hobby. Playing Football Manager is another hobby of mine, I never once thought of telling anyone I was a Football Manager. 

Then I learned quickly that blogging was a good way to collaborate with brands and get ‘free’ products. I say ‘free’ but you obviously have to offer something in return, a blog review, your time and a decent level of exposure for the brand. 

So now I had a blog and it was more than a hobby, it actually gave me something back. Still, I wasn’t comfortable responding to the question ‘What do you do?’ with ‘I’m a blogger’. 

I didn’t have a job at the time I started my blog, I was the main carer for our kids whilst Donetta, my wife, went out to work. Blogging came about because I was looking for others dads in a similar situation to find there were hardly any! I wanted to put myself out there so the next David having a look around for dads online had me. 

The blog escalated, I learned a few things and together the blog and I developed nicely. Then money started being waved under my nose. I could write some stuff on the internet and get paid for it, all whilst doing the dishes, changing nappies and cooking tea. Yes please. 

I earned a few quid here and there and had all of a sudden been blogging for a whole year! Still, I answered the earlier question with ‘I’m a stay-at-home dad’. A term I now don’t like as I did anything but stay at home! 

I remember going for my hair cut once and being asked ‘No work today then?’ I explained I was the stay-at-home parent so didn’t actually go to a place of employment. I remember it being an awkward conversation as being a dad at home wasn’t even as common 2 and a half years ago as it is now. The rise of the Insta Dads is changing the perception of stay-at-home dads rapidly. 

I thought to myself, I’ve written a few articles now that I’m quite proud of, I’m earning a few quid and feel like I’ve got a decent handle on this whole blogging thing, maybe I should just refer to myself as a blogger. 

I’ve put this question out on social media this week to see when others felt comfortable calling themselves a blogger and I’ve had an array of different points of view. Some have said from day one, if you have a blog then you’re a blogger, others have said from the moment they started getting paid. 

Many people have said they don’t bother as it sparks awkward conversations, people assuming blogging isn’t a viable career and is just a hobby, a hobby to get free products at best. Many say that people just simply don’t know what the word blogging even is so they don’t bother using the term. 

In my experience, calling myself a blogger to family, friends and people in public that have engaged in conversation with me, I’ve never had a negative reaction. I’ve had questions from people looking to learn what blogging entails but in all honesty I found calling myself a stay-at-home dad more awkward than I have a blogger. 

Saying I was a stay-at-home parent caused a couple of surprised faces and a few remarks of how sending the wife to work so I can stay at home must be ‘the life’. ‘I’m a blogger’ has only ever been met with interest, intrigue and questions that give me the opportunity to promote the importance and excellent work bloggers do. 

From the responses of my question ‘At what point do you call yourself a blogger?’ on social media, it’s clear that blogging as an industry, as a viable career option, is still in it’s infancy. Some people are happy to brand themselves a blogger from day one after writing their first couple of sentences, others wait until they’ve achieved a certain level of monetary success via their blog. It’s safe to say there is no right answer, or even a more common answer. 

Having spent some time thinking about this, sharing my personal experience on when I decided to shout from the rooftops I’M A BLOGGER! and discussing it across social media, it has left me with one further question…

If you write a single blog post and call yourself a blogger (Of which you are most definitely entitled to do) is that hindering the acceptance of blogging as a legitimate career option as it’s still seen that anyone and everyone can knock up a blog? Does this have an effect on bloggers who are full-time and earning their entire living via their blogs?

Should there be bloggers and pro-bloggers? 

Does it even matter?

I’d love to hear your thoughts, thank you for reading, 

David 🙂 

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3 DO-IT-YOURSELF VEHICLE REPAIRS

3 DO-IT-YOURSELF VEHICLE REPAIRS

I’m back again with some more useful info on cars!

Those of us who are car owners all know that keeping a vehicle isn’t cheap. As well as the initial cost or the finance repayments, you have tax, insurance, services, MOT, petrol and ad hoc repairs to factor into your budget.

However, there are a few repairs you can save money on if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands a bit dirty…

 

  • Oil Change

 

Routine oil and filter changes remove the particles and sludge that build up over time and therefore help to keep your engine at peak condition. This is a relatively easy job to do, but you’ve got to take certain precautions. Beware: the oil can get very hot on a car that’s recently been used, so avoid starting this job until you’ve let it cool down for a while – a couple of hours is usually enough.

The tools you’ll need for a DIY oil change are a ratchet, oil filter, wrench, funnel, new oil, oil container, and oil filter. To have a go at this essential maintenance on your car, take a look at this simple guide on what to do next.

 

  • Windscreen Wiper Blades

 

This is one of the easiest car repairs and it doesn’t cost much to do. It’s so important to keep on top of though – did you know that you can fail your MOT if your windscreen wipers don’t clear the water from your screen properly?

All you need is the new wipers (make sure you consult the vehicle’s handbook to get the right size). Switch on the ignition and get the wipers in their vertical position. Then, turn off the engine so they stay upright. Pull the wiper arms away from the car and turn it 90 degrees away from the windscreen to unclip it from the metal arm. Reverse the process with the new wiper to clip it on and once it’s in place, lay the wiper arm back down – it’s really as easy as that!

 

  • Change Your Tyre

 

To change a tyre, you should first find a hard and level spot for your car. Get your spare wheel ready, as well as your locking wheel nut key to loosen the nuts. Also, make sure you have the right support for the heavy load. Put safety first and get a heavy-duty axle stand to use when changing your car tyres – they are much more reliable than a vehicle jack and offer extra stability.

For the next steps, this handy step-by-step guide can take you through all the basics of changing a wheel – you’ll be so proud when you’ve learnt this essential skill.

 

With the right tools and know-how, keeping on top of your vehicle maintenance at home can be pretty simple. Save yourself a bit of money and help your car run smoother with these three easy do-it-yourself vehicle repairs and guides!

 

*This article was sourced for DadvWorld.com | I have literally zero clue about cars as many of you will know. Given the laugh we’ve had with cars over the last 6 months I thought this post would be great to share with you!

Thanks for reading,

David 🙂

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THE BEST VEHICLE SAFETY TECH ON THE MARKET

THE BEST VEHICLE SAFETY TECH ON THE MARKET

Fellow dads will understand how important the safety features in a family car are. You want to protect your family at all costs and luckily, technology is giving us a helping hand when we’re on the road.

Here are some of the top safety tech you should look out for when you’re buying a family car:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

This makes sure there is a safe distance maintained between your vehicle and the one in front. This is through the use of camera or radars, as well as Driver Monitoring systems that warns drivers if they don’t respond within a certain time frame.

Lane Departure Warning

This system warns the driver if the car strays too close to the edge of their motorway lane without indicating. There’s either an audible warning or a feature like a vibrating steering wheel that alerts the driver. More advanced systems will even make automatic adjustments to keep you in the lane.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

This is a major development that can help prevent vehicle collisions. There are (understandably) many distractions in a car when your kids are in the back, especially when they’re bored on a long journey, so it’s great that AEB is increasingly being fitted as standard in new vehicles.

It uses a number of different sensors and cameras to monitor the road ahead. The driver is audibly alerted about an impending collision and if they don’t take any action, the AEB system kicks in and performs an emergency stop. This can drastically reduce the effects of a collision and maybe even stop it altogether it you’re travelling at lower speeds.

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Blind Spot Indication System (BLIS)

This technology is designed to stop drivers from changing lanes when there’s a vehicle overtaking that’s hidden in the blind spot. The radar detects the presence of another vehicle, including motorbikes, and give a visual or audible warning to alert the driver. Some systems can even intervene by automatically braking or steering back into the lane.

Check the Euro NCAP Rating

Finally, don’t forget to check the Euro NCAP rating. Although not technically technology, it does test the safety credentials of a new vehicle using a five-star rating system. The result is determined by a series of tests designed to represent real-life scenarios that could result in injuries or deaths, both to passengers and other road users. They look at crash test performances for adult occupants, child occupants, vulnerable road users and safety assist.

Get some extra peace of mind when you’re jumping in the car with your family. Whether it’s a short trip into town or a road trip for the summer holidays, these revolutionary new vehicle features will help you keep your family safe and happy. Take a look at all the cars on offer at Imperial Car Supermarket and browse the safety features to find your perfect family car.

*This article was sourced for DadvWorld.com | I have literally zero clue about cars as many of you will know. Given the laugh we’ve had with cars over the last 6 months I thought this post would be great to share with you!

Thanks for reading, 

David 🙂 

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YOUR JARGON BUSTER FOR CAR REPAIRS

YOUR JARGON BUSTER FOR CAR REPAIRS


Ever taken your car to the garage and found yourself just smiling and nodding at all the strange words used to diagnose your car?

Car jargon can be pretty difficult to decipher if you don’t have a clue about the inner workings of your vehicle. Well, fear not. We’ve designed this simple cheat sheet, so you know what you’re talking about when you next take your car to the garage…

Brake Calipers, Brake Discs and Brake Pads

The caliper is the part of the brake that squeezes the disc and slows the rotation of the wheels when you brake. The disc is a rotating metal part that is fixed so that it always turns with the wheel and in conjunction with the caliper, slows the wheel’s rotation. The pads are the part of the caliper that rub smoothly against the metal brake disc when the brakes are applied. These gradually wear down, making them the part of the brake that most commonly needs replacing.

Cam Belt

This is a rubber belt that drives the moving parts inside the top of the engine. They need to be replaced at specified intervals, which will be detailed in your service manual. This is very important because if it breaks, it can cause huge damage inside the engine.

Catalytic Converter

If your car was built after 1993, it will have a catalytic converter fitted as part of the exhaust. Their job is to reduce harmful emissions like carbon monoxide and turn it into less harmful gases or vapour. These are generally very reliable but be warned, if it does fail it can be expensive to replace.

Engine Oil

Engine oil lubricates the fast-moving metal parts in your engine to stop them from overheating or wearing out too fast. Without oil, they will rapidly overheat and ‘seize up’ – which means that the metal parts will expand in the heat and jam together. This is why you should check oil levels regularly.

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Suspension

The suspension is a complicated spring setup found at each corner of your car. They allow the wheels to move independently of the chassis and therefore smooth out any bumps or unevenness in the road.

Tread

This refers to the patterns cut into the rubber of your tyres to provide grip and it can be dangerous if the tread wears down too low, particularly in wet weather. It’s a legal requirement in the UK to have at least 1.6mm tread depth.

When you buy a used car from a trusted dealer like Shelbourne Motors, all of these components will have been tested for you so you know you’re driving away in a quality car that won’t cost a fortune in repairs a few years down the line. But if anything does come up in the car’s lifespan, this cheat sheet will help you decode all the technical jargon!

*This article was sourced for DadvWorld.com | I have literally zero clue about cars as many of you will know. Given the laugh we’ve had with cars over the last 6 months I thought this post would be great to share with you!

Thanks for reading, 

David 🙂 

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PREPARING FOR EXPLORATION WITH ENGELBERT STRAUSS #AD

PREPARING FOR EXPLORATION WITH ENGELBERT STRAUSS #AD

This summer we’ve really ramped up on our days out. We’ve always been partial to a day of exploring new places, but this summer we’ve really put the foot down. 

Our summer travels have however brought to light our lack of protective clothing for those more rugged days out. Corben loves climbing, splashing, jumping and generally putting his clothing and footwear to the test, like most 5 year olds. 

We’ve partnered with Engelbert Strauss to tell you about some of their awesome workwear for kids

Engelbert Strauss are a family-run company who are one of the world’s leading providers of workwear. They provide an array of products such as personal protection equipment, tools and office supplies, but it’s the safety kids shoes that caught my eye. 

Corben’s shoes take some serious hammer and as the weather inevitably changes for the worse I worry for their survival. (Slightly dramatic!) I’ve been having a look at the Engelbert Strauss website for some tough rugged footwear that will not only protect Corben on his travels into the unknown, but also last more than 3 trips to the park!

As we home educate we do really get about and to all sorts of different places which means being prepared is really important. One day we’re exploring wet and muddy forests and the next we’re investigating derelict castles. This is on top of the usual trips to the park and family walks. 

It’s these boots I have my eye on, they look great and are very well priced. 

Whilst browsing through the website I also came across this below… How cute is that?! You can buy the little helmet separately too. It reminds me of our trip to Diggerland

Engelbert Strauss are part of the fair wear foundation also who work with brands and industry influencers to improve working conditions where your clothes are made. High five for that! 

Engelbert Strauss have some really good products that are actually really cool, not just your bog standard plain workwear. You lot know I love my headwear and there’s a few caps and rough tough knitted hats I have my eye on, hopefully I can grab matching sets for Corben and I to rock on our day adventures this winter. 

Are you prepared for the adventures that lay ahead for you and your family?

Thanks for reading,

David 🙂 

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EXPLORING THE SUMMER WITH YAZOO NAS #ad

EXPLORING THE SUMMER WITH YAZOO NAS #ad

We’ve been out exploring more places this summer than any before and there’s been one thing we’ve never been without.

I’ve been saying for ages leading up to this summer that I was really looking forward to it this year. We’ve been here there and everywhere so far and there’s still weeks left to enjoy. Those of you that follow myself, my wife Donetta and our joint ventures over on David and Donetta will have seen the recent increase in adventures out and about.

We’ve made a real point these last few weeks of exploring more places and creating more family adventures. Trips to local gems we’d never seen before like Brodsworth House and Gardens, a trip to the beach at Scarborough (I still hate sand!) and we’ve returned to our favourites places like the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

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It’s been amazing and Yazoo NAS Milk Drinks have been there every single time! Now, you lot know me, some of you have met up with us on these adventures and some of you have even been to my house! The one thing that’s always on offer is our massive supply of Yazoo drinks. Corben and our girls have demolished the chocolate flavour often choosing a Yazoo instead of a snack on a daily basis.

They’ve become a permanent fixture in our ‘have you got everything’ list as we leave the house and in our lunchboxes. We’ve written before about the added benefits and the fact NAS means No Added Sugar in our last post Winning Parenting With Yazoo, but I’ll drop a little official info here for you…

 

YAZOO is the number one flavoured milk drink in the UK. In 2016 it launched No Added Sugar (NAS), a range that only contains the sugar which is found naturally in milk, meaning there isn’t a sweetener in sight. It boasts the same great taste YAZOO is known for.

At 96 calories, YAZOO NAS sits comfortably in the Public Health England’s plans for 100 calorie snacks for children. Plus, with Vitamin B2, protein and calcium it is full of essential goodness.

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Basically I want to tell you these Yazoo drinks are awesome. They’re not only really nice to drink but we’ve found them so useful to have to hand this summer. Long car journeys, dish out the Yazoo, long days out with our cooler lunchboxes, dish out the Yazoo and even those mornings we’re running around like headless chickens late for a meet up or days out, grab a quick Yazoo! They’ve been brilliant and the fact they’re under the 100 calorie snacks for children guidance, you don’t have to worry you’re giving your kids something unhealthy.

Now our plan was to capture a photo of our Yazoo in every location we’ve visited this summer. Well, we captured photo’s in every location but as our Yazoo drinking has become so second nature we often forgot to snap that part. Believe me when I say, everywhere we’ve been Yazoo NAS Milk Drinks have followed. It’s been like Yazoo on tour!

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Now for the best bit, how would you like to win A MONTHS SUPPLY OF YAZOO NAS MILK DRINKS for yourself!

All you have to do is head over to my Instagram Post @MrDavidShaul and TAG a friend in the comments. Tag as many as you like as many times as you like.

On Friday 24th August we will select a WINNER at random and you will win a whole months supply of Yazoo NAS Milk Drinks!

BOOM!

For ALL the official information on Yahoo NAS Milk Drinks please visit http://www.yazoo.co.uk 🙂

Thanks for reading and GOOD LUCK!

 

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3 PRACTICAL TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BLOG BETTER

3 PRACTICAL TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BLOG BETTER

I want to share with you 3 practical tips you can implement today FOR FREE to make your blog look more professional.

If you’re trying to generate an income via your blog and/or attract brands to send you products to review, then looking more professional is something you should think about. Let’s say you reach out to a brand to pitch a collaboration idea, they’re going to look at your brand/blog to see if you’re someone worth working with.

Numbers are a huge deal in blogging, which we will cover another day, but if you’re not quite there yet in terms of numbers, here’s 3 things you should be doing to improve your chances of winning those brand collaborations…

ONE | CREATE YOUR OWN EMAIL ADDRESS VIA YOUR BLOG DOMAIN

If you’re self hosted then ditch the gmail.com email address and get your own to match your domain name. When you’re advertising your contact details and emailing potential clients, it looks so much better coming from EG: david@dadvworld.com than it does david@gmail.com.

Obviously by ditching the gmail.com I don’t mean delete it, you might already have established that address and receive regular emails from it. What you need to do is auto-forward all of the received emails from your gmail.com account to your new email account.

When I’m emailing people I always think it shows you’ve made that extra effort to really own what you’re doing if your email comes from a more professional looking name@yourblog.com and it’s another place to enter your blog name and generally keep everything in line with your own brand.

TWO | CALIBRATE YOUR ONLINE BRANDING

Your blog is your brand and your social media platforms should align with your brand. If your blog name is David and Donetta, then you want to be found easily across platforms using the same name. Whether you’re using only 1 or 4 other platforms to create content around your blog they should all align with the same name. You want your Facebook Page to be David and Donetta, your Twitter handle to be @davidanddonetta and all other platforms. If you’re promoting your blog content on a Twitter account that’s named something different it can make things confusing.

You should also think about using the same graphic branding too. Use your blog banner as your Facebook Page cover and your Twitter banner. Also if you have a logo then have that as your profile photo across all platforms to make your brand easily identifiable no matter where people are looking.

THREE | MAKE USE OF FREE APPS AND MATERIALS THAT WILL IMPROVE YOUR CONTENT

All of this doesn’t mean anything if ultimately your content is rubbish. There are so many FREE apps available there’s really no excuse for not trying to improve your content. I’m going to talk more in a future post about all the FREE materials I use but here’s a couple that you can start using TODAY to improve your blog and its content.

CANVA – You can create blog banners, YouTube thumbnails, Facebook ads, featured blog images, Pinterest content and an absolute boatload of other things using CANVA. Oh and just to reiterate, IT’S FREE! There are paid elements but I’ve only ever used the free version and it’s more than enough to help you create better content.

SNAPSEED – If photography isn’t your strong suit, or even if it is, Snapseed can and will improve your photo’s. In my opinion and many others it’s simply the BEST free photo editing app available. With so many settings and filters to choose from you can massively improve your photography using Snapseed.

 

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Follow these tips and your blog/brand and all-round content will improve, putting you in a better position to earn an income and collaborate with brands.

If you have knowledge, tips or advice worth sharing, please do get in touch I’d love to collaborate via BLAG YOUR BLOG. EMAIL: david@dadvworld.com

I’m continually creating as many posts in this Blag Your Blog section of the DadvWorld website as I can to help you understand, figure out and achieve your blogging goals. I’d love your feedback and/or further questions to help me create the content you need.

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I FEEL LIKE I’VE ONLY JUST STARTED, AT 32!

I FEEL LIKE I’VE ONLY JUST STARTED, AT 32!

I wonder who first said, ‘time flies’? They weren’t kidding, there is a reason that is a well known saying. I was at school struggling to figure out what I wanted in life, then I was 30!

I’m now 32 and have been a blogger for 2 years. It’s taken me until I hit 30 to finally find what I want to do with my life. I didn’t do bad at school academically but I really didn’t like it. I found it boring and generally didn’t like being bossed around by teachers telling me stuff I had zero interest in.

I left as soon as I could at 16 and my only mission was to get a job, any job. I’ve spoken about my previous jobs with Donetta in our video ‘JOBS WE’VE WORKED BEFORE BLOGGING AND YOUTUBE‘. I just remember my dad telling me, ‘If you’re leaving school you need a job’. So I got a job. I’ve worked in many different types of jobs and before I knew it I was 30 and heard of this thing called blogging.

I think way too much pressure is put on young people to know and start building towards what it is they want to do at a young age. I’ve seen people pushed down one path to then completely change direction years later feeling like they’d wasted years of their life. I don’t ever believe anything is a waste of time, even bad experiences are experiences, there’s always something to learn from them.

Right now our kids want different things, next week they’ll probably change their minds again and at 20 again and 25 be doing something they’d never even considered before. That’s fine with me. I’ve never been a big career person, I’ve liked change throughout my life and it’s put me in a good position later in life with loads of experience in varied areas. I’ve always thought it would be weird to choose a profession at 18 and stick with it all of your life, I mean that’s cool but its not me.

Now I’m 32 and I’ve found blogging, video creating and social media, I do now feel like there’s a career I see myself in for the foreseeable future. The most exciting part about this adventure is that I genuinely feel at the ripe old age of 32 that I’m only just starting. To be fair 32 isn’t that old at all despite what the kids tell me, I have another 40-50 years left yet hopefully!

I’ll just say that again, I’m already 32 but I still have another 40-50 years left to build something for myself, to achieve any goals I set and to enjoy living. That is incredible.

I think people often get caught up in the bullshit of the rat race. You have to know what career you want at 18 so you can go to uni, you have to find a job in that career as soon as you leave, you then have to find a partner, buy a house, have kids and all preferably before you’re 35 and old as fuck!

Its nonsense isn’t it.

There’s very few people that do ‘have it all’, usually there’s sacrifice. I’ve hit 32 and have never had a ‘career’ but have now finally found what I want to do and guess what, I’VE STILL GOT LOADS OF TIME TO DO IT!

I fear I’ve gone off track a little here, I hope it makes sense. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we don’t have to rush, we don’t have to feel pressured into achieving all the ‘adulty’ things and remember this when guiding your children down their chosen paths.

I’m only just getting going, how about you?

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