A few months ago something happened that changed my life forever. I became a dad. When I first heard that we were having a baby I decided that I would read every book and blog post on being a father that I could get my hand’s on. Well, that never happened. When it came time, I decided to jump into the deep end and see if I could swim. Luckily I could swim, albeit not very gracefully at first.
for months I have been trying to find a good outlet for writing and creating in general. I knew it would probably be a blog. I didn’t know what that blog would be about though. I don’t want to write about things I don’t know enough about to be “an authority” on, and I don’t want to pigeonhole myself into a very specific niche that I grow tired of after 15 days of writing about it.
I would say that I have been blogging since before blogs were a thing. I used to write posts and put them on personal websites I had made in HTML (before CSS was even that popular). Once blogging became a thing I decided to jump in full force. For a long time I built, maintained, and did all of the writing for a blog specifically for Debian GNU/Linux. I know most of you have no idea what that is, but I assure you it’s a thing, and people read about it.
That little Debian blog ended up getting me over 100,000 readers per month. I became enamored with the idea of my writing being looked at by more people than fit in a stadium. It was a great feeling having that many people that seemed to care about what I had to say.
I had named my blog in a way that required me to post something new every single day. Getting the ideas for, and writing, 365 posts per year got to be too painful a task after a while. Over time the blog just died, the domain got bought up by someone that parked ads on it, and it hasn’t been heard from since.
It didn’t end there though. I have started, and quit, more blogs than I can count. I have written on various blog-like services, and written under different names for subjects I am knowledgeable about but can’t necessarily identify who I am. Needless to say, I’ve been writing, just not a lot, and not anywhere you’ve read it.
I need a project or a thing that I can continue to be passionate about for years to come. Something I will be reminded of every day, and something I can’t predict months ahead of time. Something that keeps me on my toes.
There are more mom blogs out there than you could count. There are a decent amount of dad blogs, but nowhere near as many as mom blogs. I know that blogs written by fathers is growing in popularity and I know most of what I write won’t always be one-of-a-kind. It will new though, to me. I haven’t experienced all of the things that come with fatherhood just yet. I’m a ere 3 months in to this endeavor and I’m just getting started. I hope some of you will subscribe and come along with me on this trip of fatherhood.
Originally published at andrewcbecker.com on December 31, 2015.