If you like my Facebook page and have somehow the algorithm has learned that you actually like to see the content I put share, you will see that I have been sharing a lot of my older content.
Part of the reason is because I am in a nostalgic mood. Looking back at the nearly 5 years of blogging I’m able to see just how far I’ve come. In my writing and as a parent.
The things that I wrote back in the early days of The Rookie Dad are just down right awful and I have no idea how the editor let it get published. I look at a couple of my posts that have been Freshly Pressed by WordPress and wonder why I wasn’t able to keep some of those readers who spiked my stats those days.
I don’t blog for the stats or the notoriety. It has it’s benefits. I have been able to review some pretty cool products and books. Again, they are just benefits.
Those benefits, don’t compare to the benefits of being a dad. In the last 4 years, I have seen myself grow as a person. I wouldn’t be the person that I am today without being a dad and foremost a husband. I probably would be a cynical, pessimistic, unloving introvert. Part of me still is but now I am an overly trusting, optimistic, loving, extrovert (sort of on the extrovert part). All of that was brought out of me as a result of the Rookie. It is all because of him and my wife that I am who I am today.
As I have been looking back, I have been looking at the things that had a major influence on my life. Writing being one of them. There have been many times that I have considered calling it quits where I have gone months without motivation to write anything. In fact, as I write this, finding the motivation to come up with the words on screen has been difficult. Part of that is because I am getting ready to head into what will be a busy two weeks for me at work.
Never-the-less, I’ve somehow found the motivation, whether it was an unexpected post that went viral or an unexpected feature on The Today Show. I’ve kept at it and honestly, keeping it up, has been one of the best things that I have done. I’ve noticed that I have become more thoughtful in what I say or do because I have learned how much words can hurt people. Not only that, but I was an AWFUL writer. I’ll be the , second after Mrs. Rookie Dad to say it. I can’t believe that half of that even made it on the Internet, and let alone, you would read it.
What is even more interesting, is that I have lost a lot of readers since my writing has improved. Not many writers will say that but it is true. Maybe I lost all of my readers at the height of my awful writing, I don’t know. As mentioned before, I am not in it for the notoriety though. What is more important to me is that you are or will become a loyal reader for who I am now and who I will become.
It is interesting looking back. Looking back to see where you were and how far you have come. I look back and see just how far the Rookie has come in the short 4 years of his life. He has gone from Mrs. Rookie Dad holding him in the hospital room, to playing peek-a-boo with me, to clapping, to learning how to play baseball, to picking himself up when he falls on his bike.. I wish that I could predict the future, but I can’t, and know where the Rookie will be in the next four years and beyond. But where would be the fun in looking back to see just how far he has come?