November 28th. That was my last blog post on “The Mommy Daddy”. I stopped writing for a long time after that. Now I’m starting up again. Why? I don’t know. That’s not true. I do know.
I write because I feel like that if I don’t I’ll explode! I want my blog to be popular, sure I do. I’m just like anyone else who blogs. But I got caught up in the gimmicky stuff about trying to make it successful. I even signed up for a stupid blog class through “Writer’s Digest” and it analyzed everything that made a blog “successful”.
It talked about identifying my audience, establishing goals, picking successful keywords to weed into my content for better search engine optimization. That last one really pissed me off. I’m writing to please a computer algorithm? Really? Is that why I’m writing?
Here’s another good one from the course. “Create a short online bio that positions your brand online.”
Talk about sucking the joy out of writing anything. My brand online? I’m a Stay At Home Dad that was writing about his kids just like hundreds of other Stay At Home Dads do. My “brand” is me writing about the stupid, dumb or cute things that they do or say over the years. And because I got soooo caught up in all of the stupid bullshit of trying to outsmart the world into liking my stuff, I missed out on writing about really great things. My Matthew joining a Karate class. My daughter Rose just being the wonderful little girl that she is and doing cute things every day. Joseph and his reading problems at school. Michael and his new braces.
I missed a lot even though it was only five or six months. If I was a dying man and only had that short amount of time left to live, how precious my time would’ve been to me. Instead I wasted it.