Why of why?
Why did I start writing Alfie’s Diary? When we were getting Alfie, I was in the early days of starting my full time writing career. I thought maybe writing about the new puppy would be a good way of making sure I wrote every day. A discipline. It went without saying that I should write it from his point of view. You only had to look at him to see what he was thinking and he’s got me down as slightly crazy right from the start. The intervening time means he now looks at me as thought I am completely crazy, rather than just slightly!
How long has it run?
I initially planned for it to run for a couple of years and then that would be it. However, he had different ideas and thirteen years later he’s still going strong. During that time, he’s missed the odd day when I was unexpectedly in hospital and he didn’t have the password and he’s ‘sub-contracted’ a few days to Aristotle and some to Wilma, but in general he likes to write it himself and diligently sits at the computer each day looking for inspiration.
He was fortunate enough to have a photo shoot with his computer, although the shoot was really my birthday present. I am pleased to say, he excelled and during his hour posed happily for many shots showing off his writerly talents.
Alfie’s Diary has gone on to be named one of the UK’s top pet blogs by Vuelio for the last two years. It continues to go from strength to strength and will hopefully continue to run for many years.