3 years ago Dirty Diaper Laundry was born when I hit “publish” on my very first post. I had no idea what DDL would become. I had no clue where I was going with the blog or that it would become a popular resource for cloth diaper information. For fun I browsed my own blog in the Wayback Machine and saw the progression of designs and headers long forgotten.
I began with a default WordPress template then moved to my first header designed by my husband. The photo of all of my diapers at the time, mostly Coolababy, GroBaby, and bumGenius was the background. I still love this photo.
Next design included this little header. It matched the button I still used until recently of the little fluffy bottomed baby.
The light blue header with sketched diapers on a line, a theme for DDL, was next. As much as I wanted to love it I just wasn’t happy with it. The idea was better than the execution.
Most recently I decided to design my own header and button and “re-brand” with a theme along all of my platforms, including my YouTube and Facebook pages. I based the color scheme on a beautiful book “Caps for Sale.” This is still the current design.
I’ve published over 1,000 posts since April 9, 2009! They weren’t all gems or groundbreaking, or even full of content. I use my blog for more than cloth diaper reviews. I post about other passions in life like breastfeeding, babywearing, living a greener life, crafting, and of course my family.
DDL, the blog, has been a springboard for many other ventures including my cloth diaper database- Cloth Diaper Finder, my App, and most recently my line of Cloth Diaper Advocacy T-Shirts called DDL Apparel. Yes! I have a clothing line! And it is all thanks to this little blog.
I get a lot of joy from helping others begin their path to cloth diapers. Even though I do my work from behind a computer screen it affects thousands of cloth curious parents. Every so often I receive amazing emails or comments from the families DDL has helped inspire to use cloth diapers. In some cases I even get emails regarding other subjects I touch on, even the most sensitive and personal post I have ever published. Because I don’t often get to interact with the people who read my blog it really does a girl good to receive those reminders that I am doing a something that is appreciated. The long hours, late nights, and tired typing hands sometimes want to take a break. Getting feedback through Twitter, Facebook, comments, and emails always rejuvenates my passion and desire to keep DDL one of the best resources for cloth diaper information on the web.
When my youngest, little Everett, is no longer using cloth diapers I’ll have a decision to make about how to continue Dirty Diaper Laundry. At his interest level in the potty it could be sooner than later. I absolutely love blogging and having this outlet. I also love spreading the cloth diaper love. For now I am continuing to enjoy what I do.
A special thank you to the advertisers who make it possible to keep Dirty Diaper Laundry on the internet. I recently started designing cloth diaper shirts by DDL Apparel to fund the blog in a more tangible way. I appreciate the support and enthusiam for this new venture!
Because I am starting a new phase of being a WAHM and celebrating my 3 year “blogiversary” I thought it was as good a time as any to sponsor a giveaway for a “Cloth Rocks” shirt from my own line of cloth diaper shirts. There is also a coupon code for DDL readers, FRIENDOFDDL, for Free Shipping on your entire order. You can visit ShopDDL.com to see what is in stock. I will have more sizes and a new design coming in a few weeks so keep an eye out!