I am so proud to say that my little blog Dapper Dave Cash has turned 1 today! I know I make it sound like a child, but it kinda is! If you haven’t already guessed in the last year, I love fashion! The last year has been incredible! If you had told me that I would meet one of my idols, be part of a fashion and beauty panel at the Irish Bloggers Conference and be feature in Ireland’s leading mens fashion magazine MFI, I would have laughed at you straight away! Luckily enough for me, all these things have happened and the last one will happen later this month.
I have been lucky enough to have a great support system when starting this blog. My fiancee Sandra, who has always believed in me and just told me to go for it. She has been behind me 100% as have Saoirse and Alex my two beautiful step children. My own family have also been incredibly supportive whether that be sharing blog posts on social media, handing out business cards to relevant people and just being a great support in general.
I have also been incredibly lucky to meet some fantastic bloggers along the way there are so many to list, but I hold high praise to two especially Rebecca O’Byrne of Haute So Fabulous and Sinéad Burke of Minnie Melange. These two girls were the first bloggers I met! Wasn’t I a lucky boy! They were so kind and gave me some great advice to which I still hold onto as I know it will help for as long as I continue to blog. The main piece of advice I got was “be true to yourself and don’t change for anyone”. They told me that readers prefer that and the success will come eventually, as long as I stayed true to myself.
Like I mentioned earlier, I have been given many fantastic opportunities. One of these was to be part of the fashion and beauty panel at the Irish Bloggers Conference last May. It was a huge honour considering the stature of the other bloggers I sat beside on the day. I have the privilege of sitting on the panel again at the latest conference in cork in two weeks time. I would like to thank Fiona Murphy of Cool Events for this honour! I will also be featured in the September issue of MFI magazine. I will go into more detail about that when the issue is released.
I have also had the opportunity to guest blog for the newly designed Avalanche Designs website. Thank you Aidan O’Carroll for the opportunity. I am also delighted to announce that I am the Head of Content for Bachelors Box’s new blog called The Pad. Thank you Seth Smith for believing in me and giving me the opportunity.
Now to my wonderful blogger friends. Like I said there are so many to mention so if I forget someone I am really sorry!
- James Butler of Jus de James
- Kasey Daye of Rant and Raver
- Niamh O’Shaugnessy of Gourmet Grazing
- Lisa Carmody of Lisa’s Wedding World
- Ian Megrath of Rogues & Brogues
- Alexander Lawrence of The Maleing List
- Mei Ling Tong of Darling Buds of Mei
- Nirina Plunkett of Killer Fashion
- Gail O’Connor of Glam Force
- Lorna Duffy of Fashion Boss
- Mary Jane O’Regan of Glamity Jane
- Damien Broderick of Damien Broderick.net
- Timi Ogunyemi of I am Timi
- Kate Kelly of Pure Irish Sugar
- Laura Mullett of Lipstick Gossip Lady
- Holly White of Holly.ie
- Lisa McLoughlin of Lisa List’s and Goss.ie
I also want to give a mention to Holly Shortall and Jamie Tuohy who are regulars at most blogger meet ups and they are hilarious on twitter. Give them a follow! I also want to thank Holly for doing the logo for my blog a while back. Final mention goes to the 2 Jenns of the Vanity Rooms and The Tan. They have been a big support to me and my blog!
Hope you guys enjoyed the birthday blog post! Let me know what you want to see over the coming year.