I constantly see “what I’ve learned” blog posts popping up on my social media feeds; I read some of them, mainly from bloggers who I respect but also some that I’ve never heard of just to get a different perspective. One consistent point that people raise is that you will go into a slump at some point, you’ll question what you’re doing and wonder why you’re bothering with the linkies, the commenting, the staging, the reviews, the networking, and promotion, and getting very little in return. Their advice is always the same. Take a breath and remember why you started blogging in the first place; go back to basics and very much like Rocky going to Apollo Creed’s gym after losing to Mr T, or a similar simile for how Stella got her groove back, you need to find that spark or hunger that made you put finger to keyboard in the first place. Unfortunately I’m a miserable bastard and I’m in a really deep slump in the parent blogging world that I fear there is no getting out of. Here are five things, then, that I’ve learned since starting blogging 4 years ago.
I have a chair. When I first saw the chair, I knew I had to have it. It was different, it was unlike any chair I’d had before, so I went all in and invested in it.
I love my wife. I love my family. But do I love them as much as I love my boss. I scoffed and said of course I love my family more than my boss or my job, but then I thought about it a little. And you know what? It now appears as though I love my boss more than I love my wife. Here is the evidence.
I’ve seen quite a few of these ‘free pass’ lists, or for my American friends ‘hall pass’ lists. You know the ones; you and your spouse agree on a list of celebrities, that if the chance ever arose, they wouldn’t mind you shacking up with.
The problem I find with these lists are that they’re too predictable; they’re always filled with the Megan Foxes and Jennifer Anistons of the world. They really aren’t my cup of tea. So here is my list, in no particular order, of the 10 women, who if they ever decided to get with a fat, bald, broke, grumpy father of 2, then I’d happily cook them eggs in the morning.
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, is that what constitutes socially acceptable manners is changing. I’ve criticised parents for failing to set an example for their children, but what makes me think my way is right? How very arrogant of me.
What was becoming a father like for you? Harder than you imagined? You’re not alone, fatherhood was the most difficult thing for me to adapt to.
Are online relationships real? Are the friends you have online real friends, or are they simply an escape from your lack of “real” friends.
When is an internet troll not a troll? Here I outline why the common uses of the word troll are simply not true, and to encourage you to be more robust when considering people who have openly contradicted or questioned their outlook.
Saying goodbye is a big part of military life, but no matter how many times we do it, it never gets easier to say goodbye to friends and family.
I’ve been married for 9 years now, so am by no means an expert. To some, I may as well still be on my honeymoon. I’ve read loads of blogs like this one by Naomi (aka Tattooed Mummy) about the secret to a long and happy marriage, and the common […]