Most of my weeks sucks because I have to work and it’s been an eternity since my last holiday. What makes matters worse is that both my kids have finished their final exams of their respective grades and they’re sitting at home doing nothing. Sorry, that’s technically not true; they’re hanging out with friends around the pool playing pool, getting hooked on PS4 and YouTube crazes, sleeping in…you know keeping busy like teenagers keep busy.
And I have to pay for all of it with blood, sweat and tears.
Then this happened…
I’ve been nominated for a blogging award by a teenage blogger running the site Apparently I’m funny. I reckon that’s pretty cool as I would take any vindication of being part of a hip and cool and younger crowd. I’m desperate that way. Check it out! (Can’t wait to tell my own kids!)
You need to write a blog about how you got started.
Well, I vaguely remember being in a dark tunnel. It was warm, moist and cozy. There was a million of us, all swimming upstream for no apparent reason until it dawned on us that we were in a race. We were chasing an egg. It consumed me, many others perished on route but I persevered and I turned out to be the winner. I was the first one to enter that egg…
Oh wait. You mean how I started blogging…my bad.
About three years ago two young fathers I knew passed away. I left me with a sense of helplessness and a newfound appreciation for the fragility of life. How we should cherish every day. It also made me realise that as a father I’m only focusing on parenting my kids. I was wondering whether they actually knew the man behind the dad. My views, my loves, my humour, my stories, my life. I thought the best way to introduce them to my heart and mind would be to write all the shit down. And so I did.
I didn’t expect to enjoy writing as much I do and I soon found a voice. I never intended for it to be a humorous blog but people seemed to react to my stuff, thinking it was funny and that kept me going. It’s now grown into something totally different. But very much the same.
Provide two pieces of advise to new bloggers.
I’m not the greatest when it comes to dishing out advise, mainly because I’m still learning new things everyday. But here goes:
- Blog consistently. Find a rhythm that suites your life style.
- Interact with your followers as often as you can. Every comment deserves a reply.
- Don’t disrespect the people who reads your stuff by posting shit. Edit, edit, edit and ensure that every post you publish is your best work.
O-kay that was three.
Write about the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
I love the idea of young people finding their voice and using blogging as a platform for social commentary and using it as an outlet for their creative juices. (It’s better than most other forms of releasing juices.) This guy is funny and I’m really enjoying the ramblings spilling from a teenager. As appose to me observing them. Thanks again for the nomination Dude!
Select a few other blogs you want to give an award to.
I decided to nominate my five latest discoveries. They are:
Let’s see if they pay it forward. No pressure.