Back in 2008 I was just quietly going about my business posting a few photos and stories on a number of plant and machinery forums. I was also involved in the thankless task of being a moderator on the Classic Machinery Network forum. Unbeknown to me, the online editor of Contract Journal, Will Mann, was monitoring what I was doing and amazingly made contact with me to see if I would be interested in writing a blog, which he had decided to call the Digger Blog.
My initial reaction was one of shock, but then following a meeting with Will, I decided I had nothing to lose, and it could be worth a try. I started in September 2008 writing practice posts, before Will decided it was going live in October 2008. Following the closure of Contract Journal, the blog was relocated to the SED365.com website, but when that came to an end, the team at Construction Index swooped to sign the Digger Blog, which is where we have remained for the past 2 years.
To be perfectly honest it is something I would never have imagined I would be doing in a million years, as I am not well educated, and have spent all my life around and operating machines. The fact that I am still working in the industry, and show an intense passion for the subject, seems to be the real attraction for most of the blogs readers, including many of the manufacturers who have contact with me.
To summarize, it has been a real revelation for me. I have met so many fantastic people during the past 4 years, and been able to do things I could have once only dreamed about. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that I have been fortunate to meet in person, or to have had contact with online, and to all the manufacturers and companies, that have co-operated with the Digger Blog, I thank you most sincerely. I look forward to the next 4 years, which I am sure will be even more exciting.
For those who were wondering how the Digger Blog done in the recent Be2 Awards, we came second in the poll with an impressive 40% of the vote. Thank you to all who took the timeout to vote for us.