To Blog or Not to Blog

My decision to start blogging for Babble probably ranks to many right behind my decision to become a telemarketer. It’s no secret to those who know me, I’m a quiet person. I prefer quiet places, only speak when spoken to, and avoid crowds. When I first told my parents when I was a freshman in college that I had been hired by a local telemarketing company to sell telephone service, my mom said something along the lines of, “What? You’ll get fired!”

Eight months later when it was time to leave on my Mormon mission, I had not been fired by that telemarketing company. Even though most of what I learned from that job was that being a telemarketer sucked–people are mean to telemarketers–I also learned that forcing myself to use my voice could be a good thing.

I expected to hear similar concerns when people learned that I decided to start blogging for Babble. I am pretty sure my wife thought I was joking when I told her I would consider the possibility. When I told her I would do “that blog thing,” I had to say it three or four times before she realized I was serious.

Here I am doing what I never thought I would do and here are some of the reasons why I decided to take the blogging plunge.

  • My Three Girls 1 of 10
    My Three Girls
    The main reason I decided to start writing a blog was for those three girls. As part of my social inabilities (at least that's my excuse), I too often forget to tell them how much I love them. Writing a blog gives me many opportunities to let them know that I love them.
  • My Lovely Wife 2 of 10
    My Lovely Wife
    For that beautiful lady right there. Telling my family that I love them in a blog in real life or collectively on a blog is one thing, being able to specifically Identify how much I love that woman right there is priceless.
  • My Lovely Wife, Again 3 of 10
    My Lovely Wife, Again
    Because I think my wife is super talented. I am constantly encouraging my wife to take the next step because I think she is incredibly talented. I would be a bit of a hypocrite if I turned down a chance to take another step of my own by turning down the opportunity to start a blog.
  • And Again, My Lovely Wife 4 of 10
    And Again, My Lovely Wife
    Because my wife works really hard. My wife and I decided prior to having kids that we would do whatever it took to allow her to be a mother to our children. Consequently, my wife works very hard to make sure that decision can remain a reality. We have been blessed with the ability to have her be a mother to our children and to accomplish the career she loves at the same time. Just because I work a traditional job does not mean I cannot add a little to my plate to help our cause.
  • Addie 5 of 10
    For that kid right there. I have already forgotten so many things from that kid's life. Writing a blog will allow me to keep track of many of those things that would likely be forgotten in a few years.
  • Vivi and Me 6 of 10
    Vivi and Me
    For this kid too. I haven't had the opportunity to forget much about this kid yet and hopefully writing a blog will prevent that from ever happening.
  • Vivi and Me 7 of 10
    Vivi and Me
    Because I want my kids to be able to read stuff from me when they are older so they can remember me as a father.
  • Me Designing a Barbie Dress 8 of 10
    Me Designing a Barbie Dress
    Because I write for my traditional job and writing for a blog is great writing practice. Writing for a blog forces me to go outside my traditional rules of writing and to learn to write in a more creative manner. I'll be the first to say that my creative writing could use some serious work.
  • Addie and Me 9 of 10
    Addie and Me
    Because I love being challenged.
  • My Wife 10 of 10
    My Wife
    Did I mention how much I love that lady?

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