I’m a blogger, damn it!
I do not say that with a face palm. I say this with a sense of revelation and pride. It took me close to 4 years to realize this. I sit here over 450 posts into The Rookie Dad and feeling like I am coming into my own as a blogger and a writer.
When I started The Rookie Dad, I was afraid to speak of it in public. Like the online persona would shield me from the ridicule and stigma that came with being known as a blogger, which at the time was still something many people didn’t quite understand. However, there was one night that my slight embarrassment of being a blogger changed.
I was outside and I had just come home from an evening run. The Kid was playing with our neighbor’s kids. As I walked up the drive-way, the husband told me that he really liked my long-sleeved shirt that I was wearing under my running shirt.
I said thanks and that I was reviewing it for my blog. The conversation turned to The Rookie Dad. I was asked what I blogged about and how I started the venture. A conversation that I’m still slightly uncomfortable with.
Uncomfortable because I don’t blog for the notoriety. I blog because it is an outlet for me and is a great way for me to decompress during stressful situations.
A few days later, someone at work said that they read one of my posts and really liked it. I believe it was one that was posted on Good Men Project. The conversation turned to The Rookie Dad and the same questions were asked. The conversation was not uncomfortable this time. Strangely, it felt comfortable. I felt a since of pride as I started to talk about it.
I don’t know why I would hide the fact that I am a blogger, a dad blogger at that. Maybe it was my bad grammar in the beginning. Maybe I wasn’t that confident in who I was as writer. Whatever the reason, I should not have hidden it.
I should embrace my blog. While not as big as some of the other dad blogger sites, the community that has come because of The Rookie Dad, has helped me become a better father, husband, son, and friend. For that I am forever indebted to my readers.
Damn it, I AM a blogger.
Damn it, I AM The Rookie Dad.