When I decided to be a stay-at-home dad five years ago, some friends and relatives told me I should blog about my “unique perspective” on parenting. (I’ll admit it. It was mostly my Nana.)
Uh, yeah. No. Seems kind of self-indulgent…and who the hell would read it, anyway?
Oh, hello! I didn’t see you there. Maybe I should put on some pants.
It still amazes me that people are interested in reading what I write. Like, not just my family. If you’re here, chances are we’ve never met. That’s so cool! (It’s also entirely possible that we have met, but I don’t remember you. I’m not great with names.)
And what started out as a fun little hobby is turning into a major money-making venture. I earned $250 in the last twelve months! Okay, $50 was an Amazon gift card, but that’s practically cash. So, yeah, my wife will be retiring from her job pretty soon.
Maybe not “soon,” but seriously dude…I got paid to write a post for Time Magazine this year! That happened. I’m going to be on the Bethenny Frankel Show next week because of that post. That is crazy! I’ve had numerous posts published by The Good Men Project (GMP), the New York City Dads Group, and the National At-Home Dad Network. I must be doing something right.
Here’s my secret: I’m totally winging it.
I’ve also gotten a few lucky breaks. The first was that my little bro was dating a girl who works for Facebook. She hooked me up with some ads for my blog’s Facebook page. Got the word out, dude! (Thank you.)
I also totally backed into my first GMP gig and the Time Magazine assignment (ahem, that I may have mentioned). Got ’em both by way of Twitter. Amazing! I almost never get retweeted or favorited, but it led to two awesome opportunities.
Just a couple weeks into my blogging career, I came across a GMP article on Twitter about becoming a “dad” even before your child is born. Thinking back to when Allie was pregnant with Penny, and then finally seeing and holding both of my kids for the first time, still chokes me up. I tweeted to the author and GMP that when my children were born, they immediately knew I was “Dad.” I was genuinely surprised to get a message back from GMP asking if I’d be interested in writing an article for them.
I wrote What Do You Do All Day!?! and, compared to my audience at the time (or now), a veritable crapload of people read my post! More importantly, I began a relationship with an organization that is a strong voice for dads.
I also lucked out on the Time article. Again, Twitter. (Who knew?) Some lady named Vivia Chen wrote When Stay-at-Home Husbands Are Embarrassing to Their Wives. I responded with Sorry Honey, Vivia Chen Thinks I Embarrass You. I tweeted it to her (she responded “Luv it!”) and Time Magazine. They asked me to write something for them.
Again, was not expecting it. I wish I knew how to do that kind of shit on purpose!
Next week, as a one year blog-iversary gift (though I’m not sure she would categorize it as a “gift”), my wife is sending me to New Orleans for the Dad 2.0 Summit. It will be a chance for me to mix and mingle with some other bloggers and vendors, learn how to grow my blog and my brand, sing some awful karaoke, and eat some delicious beignets. I can not friggin’ wait!!!
I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.
Thanks for reading! Thank you for your support. Thanks for telling me about the dumb stuff you do to amuse your kids and yourself. I’ll keep sharing my “unique perspective.” Hopefully it’ll keep entertaining you.