He asked me if my goal was to be a rapist and I almost spit out my drink. If you want to talk about an awkward beginning to a job interview that has to rank somewhere close to number one.
It was a classicÂ misunderstandingÂ that was prompted from my trying to use pop culture to build a rapport. When he asked me what my dream job was I said I wanted to become the Dread Pirate Roberts.
His face was as expressive as the picture of Half Dome three ‘graphs above this sentence. When he didn’t respond I had a sense things were off and refrained from making any cracks about being Inigo Montoya, let alone references to drunk Spaniards.
All I needed was for him to accuse me of being a racist and rapist. In my mind it was easy to imagine some screwy scene from a bad sitcom or comedy. I would look at the camera and protest my innocence and then make some sort of crack about how being a racist wasn’t nearly as bad as being a rapist and then the laugh track would run and we’d fade to black.
“Ooh La La Tu Hai Meri Fantasy Full Video Song” | “The Dirty Picture” | Vidya Balan
I haven’t any idea what most of this song is about but I have watched the video a bunch of times. My daughter watched part of it and then explained to me that she has learned to shake her hips.
Since I am a good father I glared at her and said she is not to shake her hips in front of boys. She glared back at me and said, “I can’t hula hoop if I don’t shake my hips.”
Score another point or ten for the eight-year-old and none for Jack, the dad blogger. Didja like how I just tried to Â insert some more keywords into this post. I said dad blogger and I included, sex, money and blogging.
Damn, it won’t be long before this sucker is overwhelmed by tons of organic traffic. Hell, might as well go for broke and include sex tape, naked Brad Pitt and Kardashian.
The Evolution of a Blog and Blogger
There is a reason why I maintain more than one blog. They serve different purposes for me. Some are for fiction, some are for whatever I feel like writing about and some are for professional reasons.
We won’t talk about whether I am over extended because I am. Nor will I spend more than a moment telling you that some of the blogging advice out there is questionable.
There areÂ professionalsÂ who are promoting themselves as experts but I’ll lay dollars to donuts they are supporting theirÂ pro blogger habitsÂ through money earned via other means. That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t know what they are talking about, but it might.
Buyer beware and remember that some of these people will be gone in a year or so.
What is nice about having multiple blogs is that it keeps things interesting. I like being a dad blogger but the parent blogosphere is a crowded space.
There are a million mommy bloggers and 50,000 dad bloggers to compete with. Many of them have more time than I do to spend on their parent blog. I don’t go to blog conferences and network the way they do nor do I write 283 pitches to brands and agencies each day.
What that means is that I have a lower profile than some of them do and I don’t get invited to play the same reindeer games.
What Is Your Goal?
Have you spent any time thinking about why you blog and what your goals are? My headline isn’t entirely tongue-in-cheek. Blogging can help you make more money and have more sex.
It is not hard to develop a plan to monetize your blog. What is difficult is sustaining your effort long enough to move from execution to success.
I won’t be surprised if this post receives 5 comments or 500. Some of it is because I know I am competing with a lot of noise and clutter in the blogosphere not to mention that people have busy lives.
It is part of why I try not to take things too seriously. Remember I am the insouciant dad blogger who likes the word defenestrate and loves to write.
I am here because I am having fun. Are you?