Following on in my Meet The Blogger series, today I am introducing you to David who blogs over at The Single Dad’s Guide To Life.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
The short story: I dated somone who blogged and it inspired me to jump in full steam as I knew I could write. The long story, I had been interested in blogging and writing for quite sometime with many fits at starts. I must have had a hundred different blog ideas at times. There was my Guide to dating online, which while funny, I didn’t feel like I wanted to expose everyone else’s secrets. Would make dating life difficult which no one needs to add anything to the difficulty of dating these days. I did a political blog.
Enough said. I tried a movie blog but felt like there were too many of them out there. Finally, after meeting this someone I went out on a date with, I saw how successful you could be with a parenting blog. So I started trying to find all the dad blogs out there. There are a few, but it’s not like the mom blogging business where there are so many you have to find a niche within the mom blog world. The dad blogs were fewer. But I did find a few which inspired me. And then I started blogging, speaking about my experience being a divorced parents and how difficult it can be. This lead to other writing and here I am.
HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
I wouldn’t say it has changed a whole lot. I have added different series as time has gone on. But the voice is uniquely mine. And the types of posts aren’t so different you won’t recognize who this is right off. Sometimes they are more serious. Sometimes less serious. But always me.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
I think my funniest moment, or maybe most ironic was meeting the person who I dated a couple times and disappeared, but inspired my blog at an event. It was a strange and uncomfortable moment at the time. But I can laugh about it now.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
When I had an auto poster on twitter curate content for me and I realized I could never do that because some of the content it added to my twitter feed made me cringe. That ended any notion that auto posting was a good thing.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?
I would say try to build a bit of a social media following first to give yourself a head start, especially as it regards promoting you blog. Always try to engage your audience as often as possible. And have fun with it. If it’s not fun, or it gets to a place where it isn’t fun, why do it?
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?
I never realized how much work marketing a blog could be and all the different places you would have to market it. I had a very tenuous relationship with facebook and twitter before this. Now I figure twitter can be my best medium when I am trying to be funny.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
What spare time? Haha! Honestly, I’m not sure it really exists any more between a full time job and a full time blog, plus a daughter. If I can make enough money with a full time blog to quit the full time job, things might be different. But for now, free time is an amusing concept.
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
It really would depend on how much. But since I never play the lottery unless it gets over 100 million, I’ll assume I won that much. I would pay off debts, set aside money for my daughter’s college, buy a home, quit my job, start blogging full time, and invest more money back into my blog, possibly growing it and recruiting other dads to blog for it so it was a business and not just me writing.
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
Thank you David for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.
If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.