How Blogging Daddies(Darren Rowse included!) Got Blogging Advice From Their Adorable Toddlers

Toddlers have some of the most profound and innocent raw insights sometimes. They’ve even inspired their blogging daddies and taught them a thing or two about blogging.
They are way smarter and more perceptive than we often give them credit. Indeed, kids say the darnedest things!

“Daddy, make sure you tell the world something important”

~Xavier (Darren Rowse’s four year old son)


I already see Problogger DNA in Xavier. Be sure to watch out for his blog in the future ;-)

Very true and ever more important.
You can do all the keyword research in the world and create a good keywords savy blog posts. What value is it to your reader?
Don’t write a blog post just because you want to one-up your competitors
Don’t keep flooding the blogosphere with gibberish blog content aimed directly at making some quick cash with no real value to the people

Aim to provide something useful to your blog readers. While this may be obvious to most people, there are many bloggers out there just looking for a quick way to make a buck.

Whether it be blogging or any other profession for that matter,
Go tell the world something important and provide value, profit will always follow even though you didn’t intend to do so


“Catch the moon Daddy!”

(Paul Cunningham’s 2 year old son)

Yesterday, I watched him look up at the sky and point at the moon. He turned to me with a big grin and said “Catch the moon Daddy!” Then he jumped up with his arms outstretched and tried to pluck it out of the sky.

Failure doesn’t enter his mind, because he doesn’t even know what failure is. He decides he wants to do something and he just starts trying. He tries over and over again. He might take a little break and try again later. He might stop and try from a different angle. He might get hurt trying and cry and need some comfort, but he never stops trying.
source: Guest post on We Blog Better by Paul Cunningham at Blogging Teacher

I wish I could work it out like a child. With fear out of the way, trying new things will be a very different experience!
Sometimes, the fear of failure prevents you from taking action. True, with any business, career or relationship there is an element of risk. There IS risk of failure. If you let that fear hold you back, definitely there is failure!

What’s currently stopping you from taking your blog to the next level?
Think about how you can muster up the courage to maybe, just maybe move ahead. It might not be so scary after all!


“Daddy, Can You Please Off Your Computer?”

~Alvan (Lye Kuek Hin’s 3 year old son)

Apart from writing on our own blog, reading other blog posts, marketing and networking are some heavy chores that take up a big chunk of your time. Indeed, blogging takes a lot out of you and in the process it also takes you away from your family life. Most bloggers struggle to maintain a continuous perfect balance. At the same time blogging can be ever so rewarding; personally and professionally.
Is it always the case of blogging OR family?

I’ve heard two sides of the story. Some bloggers are of the opinion,
You are not doing this for all for yourself, but also for your family. Sometimes, you have to look at the big picture.
While others say,
Your children will be young only once. So take advantage of it while you can.

I guess I will never know until I have kids! But either way, I can imagine it can be a tough choice.
Whatever your circumstance is it’s important that you know when things are going out of balance, and make the necessary adjustments. You’ve got to get your priorities straight!



As with every blog post I write, I have an action item for you to work on, today.

  1. Revisit the next blog post you are about to publish in your blog.
    What important message have you planned to tell the world with your next blog post?
    If you can answer that, it’s worthy to be published.




I hope I managed to give an important message to the world with this blog post :-)
What do you think? If you have your own experience with your toddlers, please do share.

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14 Responses to “How Blogging Daddies(Darren Rowse included!) Got Blogging Advice From Their Adorable Toddlers”

  1. Hi Shamelle,

    You have given me a nice surprise. I really appreciate you including my post here as you know Darren and Paul are one of best in this niche.

    Thank you so much for the mention.

    Talk soon.

    Lye
    Lye Kuek Hin recently posted..5 Costly Guest Blogging Mistakes That Give You ZERO Chance to Get Your Guest Post AcceptedMy Profile

  2. Hi Lye,
    Your welcome.
    Your post a really heart warming story and
    I was “moved” after reading your post.

    regards
    Shamelle

  3. Hi Shamelle, what Darren’s son said to him is what I try to achieve in each of my post.
    I very much believe in the power of sharing and until and unless you are not sharing anything useful with the world, you are not making efforts
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  4. Nice collection, I agree that if a post is not sharing anything worthwhile, it is not adding anything to the blog also. We need to make sure that we are giving something back to the users who are investing time in our blog.
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  5. “Make sure you tell the world something important”. If this single rule were followed by all bloggers, 90% of posts (and comments) would not exist. I read at least a dozen of blogs, and I lost count of the garbage (and recycled garbage) I find.

    Stating the obvious in different words seems to be a common trait, I rarely see ideas coming from someone who didn’t get them, obviously online, from someone else (usually some sort of “guru”). And don’t get me started on list posts…

  6. I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome blog!

  7. It can be difficult to maintain a balance between work and family when you are a blogger. I look at it this way though; if I wasn’t blogging I would likely be gone 10-12 hours a day working for someone else in which case my young daughter would hardly ever see me. As a stay at home blogging daddy I am always here for her. I may be writing or otherwise engaged, but if she calls for me I am right there and if she needs a hug she gets one, no need to wait until daddy gets home “later tonight”.

  8. I find this post quite inspiring. We have so much to learn from our children.

    Have you noticed that children are very inquisitive and that they question almost everything they see?

    That is why they learn fast. They know how to ask questions without letting the fear of embarassment get in the way.
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  9. I totally agree with Darren Rowse to tell something important to the world. Ahhhh!!! Sorry.. I am totally agreed with his son Xavier :-)
    Even, I also see my small 3 year old brother talking innocently and truly. His things are not kiddish type of talks. Those talks by him are really important to follow. One day, he told me not to talk rude when I was scolding my cousin when he broke the vase. Also one day, he said me not to lie when I was talking to my friend on phone and was saying that I am busy and all. These things matter… And we should always learn from everyone including parents, elders and even toddlers.. :-)
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