What kind of blogger are you is the kind of opening sentence that is misleading. It sounds like a question but it could also be a statement. It reminds me of an idea for a screenplay I called Hair Today that was really sort of a screwy post I wrote six years ago. Just a few lines of nonsense but the idea has stuck with me and I may yet make good upon the promise.
Back in the salad days of blogging when people passed out memes like M&Ms in a glass jar you would have seen six or more variations of this in which you would have been asked a series of questions that would lead you to some “smart” description of what kind of blogger you were/are.
Today I bring it up I was asked by someone to define what sort of blogger I am. My response to that is why do I need to do so. Would it make a difference to me or to anyone else if I said that I was an XYZ sort of blogger. I don’t think so or rather I don’t think that it matters to me so I don’t choose to do so.
I like not being stuck in one particular niche. I am a dad blogger. I blog frequently about parenting from a father’s perspective. I share stories about my children and share my fears and hopes with you.Â I write about being a forty-something year old man who is trying to reconcile the mental image he has of himself with what the mirror shows. Sometimes I serve as a guest blogger. Take a look a the links here to some of my work and you’ll find an assortment of posts. Some of them offer tools, tips and resources for becoming a better blogger and others talk about how I became a father. Or click on Fragments of Fiction and sift through my short stories.
If you ask me what sort of blogger I want to be I have an answer. Happy, successful and rich. That is not a shallow or soft answer. It is something that I came up with after extensive thought. There is a reason why there are posts here in which I ask what brings you joy and what brings you happiness. Success is a subjective term as is rich. What is a successful blogger? Is that someone who receives millions of comments on their posts or someone who earns enough income from their blog to support their family.
I suppose that the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. But I would add that while I very much enjoy and appreciate comments I don’t define my success based upon how many I receive on my posts, nor do I get crazy about trying to limit them to “quality” either.
My two favorite things about blogging are the people and the learning.Â I have met some truly wonderful folks and learned much about myself and life from this. It is a blessing.
Sometimes I like to look at my stats to see which of my posts are the most popular. It is interesting to me because you don’t always know what will hit or miss. Sometimes the post that you think is among the worst that you have written is among those that receive the most accolades and attention.
There are some things that I can predict such as blogging about blogging. Those posts always do well. Just for the hell of it I grabbed 36 popular posts to see what sort of breakdown it would show. Sure enough ten of those posts are about blogging.Â Another handful are about parenting/children and then comes the stuff about writing/miscellaneous posts.
What it proves to me is that my theory about building your community around you is accurate. The posts on the list do well because this is what my community expects and wants me to write about. But more importantly this is what I want to write about. This is a decent sample of what fuels my fire and what drives my passion.
If you don’t write about what you love or at least like you won’t last long. And now my friends I have to get back to work. If you are new to the blog you might be interested in reading some or all of the links there. It is good material. I wouldn’t describe it as being all inclusive of my favorite posts, but some are in there.
- Dealing With Divorce
- Why Your Post Sucks and Everyone Hates Your Blog
- The Best Cover Letterâ€¦.Ever
- The Rules Of Blogging
- Facebooking Proves That Time Doesnâ€™t Heal All Wounds
- Dear Angry Blogger
- The Easiest Way To Get Comments On Your Blog
- Whiny Bloggers Quit Because It Was Work
- I Survived The Rapture & All I Got Was a T-Shirt
- What Does Your Blog Say About You
- A Letter To My Children-2011
- Dad Blogger Link Bait- The List You Wish You Were On
- 16: Moments- Our Lives Are Made Up of These
- Anger Management
- When Mean Girls Grow Up
- 100 Best Movie Lines in 200 Seconds
- A Fatherâ€™s Religious Obligations
- I Wish That I Could Start Over
- This Post Requires 50 Commentsâ€¦Readyâ€¦Goâ€¦.
- Never Bet Against A Sicilian When Death Is On The Line
- Blogging Tips- Build Your Community Around You
- A Severe Case of Bad Blogging
- Do You Know What Makes You Happy?
- Profanity and Children
- Dads and Daughters
- Why Do I Blog
- Simply Awful
- Wind and Waves
- He Is Dying A Long Slow Death
- Why Must Stupidity Be Contagious
- The Best Daddy Blogger Ever
- Stupid Blog Tricks- The Difference Between The Best & Most Popular
- Opportunity Knocked But I Wasnâ€™t Listening
- Five Minutes
- One Slightly Used Pump For Sale