CRANKY OLD MAN in a MOMMY BLOGGER WORLD
I started blogging last April. Two years ago I wrote my first book, “Maybe It’s Just Me!” I self-published it in January and thought a blog could help promote sales (so far I can credit the sale of two books to my blog). I also blog because I found I just like to write. I’m retired, what else am I going to do? I wrote a second book which I am waiting to self-publish, “I Used to be Stupid”, but I don’t think I can afford to self-publish much more, so blogging is my outlet.
I have a few friends and relatives who are readers of my blog, but for the most part I have found myself a Cranky Old Man in a world of mommy bloggers; an old grandpa writing for young moms. I didn’t plan to become a mommy blogger, it has just happened. The blogosphere seems to be mommy bloggers, famous people bloggers, and those who are really talented (relax; this does not exclude mommy bloggers…sheesh you are all so sensitive). I am not famous, and not extraordinarily talented, so it is hard to find a niche. Mommy bloggers have “hops” where people find and follow other bloggers, and mommy bloggers promote other bloggers. Mommy bloggers also read.
At first I was disappointed in only attracting readers (limited in number at that) who are primarily from this demographic; I found myself a little bored at reading mommy blogs on the same baby, toddler, kid topics. I felt out of place and somewhat of a voyeur peeking in on a world so foreign to my own.
I have since come to love my mommy bloggers. They are funny; they are honest. They have feelings and are not afraid to use them! They stick together, and they support each other. Being from a world of testosterone I was not aware that such people existed. I had heard that they existed, but I assumed that like Bigfoot, they were a myth.
I am learning to like my time as an intruder in a world of women. Women are really different in ways other than what has always been obvious to me. I now know why some of those guys in high school joined band, cheerleading and drama. They were not such geeks after all.
I hope to attract readers from other demographics; I hope to be able to share my writing with and to read the writing of other men. I try to write stuff that will appeal to everyone.
In the mean time I am happy with my mommy bloggers. I am happy to have made some blogging friends and to have gained a perspective on a segment of life I never fully appreciated. I hope to impart some perspective of my gender to the other team.
I hope to someday be accepted as an honorary mommy blogger.
Scott Z - If you read this post don’t even say it. I know. Two steps back, turn in my hammer, and lose a spin!