Thank you, readers, for a blogging good time

This past Sunday was the six-month anniversary for my blog.

What does that mean, you ask. Well, I’m really not sure. Just like I really wasn’t sure about much of anything when it came to starting a blog.

It's been fun sharing the adventures of our family in my blog. I hope it's been just as much fun for you to read as it has been for me to write. Thank you for reading.

It’s been fun sharing the adventures of our family in my blog. I hope it’s been just as much fun for you to read as it has been for me to write. Thank you for reading.

You might be wondering why I started writing a blog. I’m not even sure I know the answer to that. For a long time I felt like I wanted to share my experiences as a single parent, especially since I’m a single dad. It seems like all I hear about are single moms, and I wanted to share my experiences from the other side.

I like to be creative and use my sense of humor. And sharing some of my experiences and the experiences of our family has allowed me to do that. Not that our family is special or that we have an incredibly exciting life. No, instead I think it’s that we have a very typical life, with many of life’s common problems.

I think part of it to comes from my days of writing for a newspaper. I worked in newspaper, either fulltime or part-time, for about 20 years. And I missed that. I missed the regular writing. I missed constructing stories in ways that I hoped readers would enjoy. So my blog has allowed me to have that regular writing routine again. And it’s been nice to reconnect with readers again.

I will say that this blog has become important to me. I look forward to writing it every week. And while I know it’s not a job, I feel bad when I miss a day for a post.

I had no idea about the direction of this blog. And I’m really not sure what would be considered “good” results or “bad.” All I can say after six months is that blogging has been a great experience for me. I really wasn’t sure how many people would read my blog, or if anyone at all would read it. I’m not sure if the number of views I’ve had on my site would be considered good or not, but I’ve been touched and humbled that so many of you have taken the time to read some of my posts. I’m also touched to have reached 100 followers to my blog. Thank you all for reading and following.

I have been overwhelmed at times by the responses. Certain posts have been much more popular than others. And I find that I’m often a poor judge of what is going to be popular.

To my readers I would like to say thank you for making this blog such a great experience for me. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your feedback.

I hope I’ve been able to share a small glimpse into the life of a single dad, and into the life of a typical family home in small town America. I hope that I’ve been able to provide a laugh (or at least a smile) for you from time to time, and maybe something to think about at other times.

I hope I can continue to do in the days and blogs ahead. And I thank you all for making this such a great experience for me.

  3 comments for “Thank you, readers, for a blogging good time

  1. November 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Congrats! You know, I don’t know that any of us can ever really figure out the “blogging game.” It can drive you crazy if you think about it too much. I think you have the right attitude in being grateful for those who have come to your table. Enjoy what you’re doing, do it for yourself, and people will appreciate the genuine nature. Whether than ends up being ten people or ten thousand isn’t something you can really control. And if you have good followers, it doesn’t really matter how many of them there are.

    • November 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement. I really appreciate, especially from an established blogger like you. That’s basically what I try to do. And so far, it’s been a lot of fun. In fact, I find that I need this outlet. I look forward to writing every time. How long have you been blogging now? Any other advice you might have?

      • November 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm

        I’ve been blogging over two years now. I would say my biggest advice is to keep your perspective. It can be really easy to get sucked into wanting followers, or having posts go viral, etc. But then when you start worrying about that stuff, it takes the fun and sincerity out of it. Read other blogs because you WANT to…not because you feel like you have to to gain a new follower. Some wonderful blogging friendships can come to be, but like anything in life, you need to bring balance to it. And honestly, I found that once I stopped worrying about how many people were reading my blog or following me and I started writing what was sincere to me and what I WANTED to write, readers came. And even if they didn’t, I liked what I was doing, and it energized me in other areas of my life. One last thing: don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, because what something “seems” to be isn’t’ always true. I giggled a little when you called me an “established” blogger because in the grand scheme of things, I think I”m pretty small potatoes. My page might boast over 1,000 followers, but that many people aren’t reading my stuff. Most of them aren’t even REAL followers. Seriously. On the other had, I have a small but very loyal group who does read and interact with me, and I love it. So always make sure to celebrate wherever you are, and you’ll always be happy with whatever your blog is at that moment. Looking forward to reading more from you 🙂

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