How A Dad Deals With Critics!
Well, it’s not everyday you can say that you have spent the last month going viral all round the globe! We were featured in the US, Australia, Indonesia, Russia, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, India and of course, my homeland, the UK.
My name is Al and I’m new to Hot Moms Club!! It is nice to meet you all. I’m 26 and have a gorgeous baby boy with my equally (if not a little more) gorgeous wife. Although I’m not technically a ‘hot mom’ she certainly is and more than enough for the both of us! Mind you, if there was a hot dads club, I’d definitely be in that! 😉
Last month a picture of my son poo’ing on myself went viral all round the world. I initially posted the picture on my blog The Dad Network and it got picked up from there .
We had thousands and thousands of new visitors to the blog, many of whom have signed up for our monthly newsletter, liked us on Facebook or followed us on twitter & Instagram. We featured in some of the biggest online magazines and newspapers on the face of the planet and millions of people have shared our photo across their own social media pages. The nature of viral ‘ness’ is that things come and go and we’re now in the ‘go’ stage.
Things have quietened down and it’s time to reflect a little. We read so many positive comments about how wonderful this photo is, especially as there are so many negative images and news flying around the internet.
We think it made a change to see something light hearted in the newspapers for a change.
However, the sad truth of going viral is that because you’re reaching millions of people with your viral ‘ness’ you’re also reaching the ends of the spectrum. People who love what you’re doing and people who have a significant problem with what you’re doing and often the people who have a problem with you have the larger mouths! Or maybe it’s just the negative comments tend to dwell in your mind a little more…
Either way, it’s pretty hard to hear and you have to be thick skinned: I learned this pretty quick. Going viral is something quite extraordinary. We received text messages from friends all over the place sharing a new website we’d featured on.
It’s also extraordinary that my face has been all over the world with some of the worlds biggest celebrities commenting on it. Ashton Kutcher setting it as his FB status was quite something. In all honesty, it’s very hard to get your head truly round the scale and magnitude of the world wide web, but that’s exactly what it is, world wide.
Since the photo was circulated we created a follow up video talking a little bit more about the photo, which you can see here if you haven’t already. We’ve had a fantastic ride on the viral wave and look forward to the next viral post spouting from The Dad Network. We’re so pleased to be part of the HotMomsClub contributing team and look forward to the many posts to come! As the first dad involved I feel privileged! Thank you. Al