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Facebook is Ruining My Blog

December 29th, 2009 . by 21st Century Dad

The frequency of postings has declined over the past year. Those of you who know me on Facebook and Twitter also know I am fairly active there. Longtime readers, or rather, the friends I’ve made while I was posting regularly, will know that I tend to put a lot of thought into my blog posts. For the regular news from my life, Facebook and Twitter have been my outlets. I’m sure the time I spend chatting with friends or leaving witty comments on people’s status updates could’ve been used to craft a dozen or so blog posts over the past year.

Guitar Center

After moving to Tennessee, I wasn’t very picky about job prospects. I knew I needed to get a job ASAP. I wasn’t really interested in working at a music store again, but I had experience and knowledge to do it. Guitar Center was the first place that offered me a job, and it turned out to be a much better place to work than I had initially imagined. I am in control of how much I earn. I have fun every day. I work with a great bunch of guys and gals. I have announced to upper management that Guitar Center is part of my long-term plans.

Being around musicians and people who love music has reawakened the desire to play again. This time around, I’m going to refresh my piano playing skills. The keyboard excites me now. Guitar doesn’t do it for me like it used to.

No More Amazon.com Goodies

Due to my employment at Guitar Center, my involvement with the Amazon Associates program would constitute a conflict of interest. Yes, Amazon.com sells musical instruments. Of course, I would much rather you buy from Guitar Center. I quietly terminated the Amazon goodness a while ago, but haven’t gotten around to announcing the end of a good run.

Final Thoughts for the Day

Most people probably stopped reading about 200 words ago. Put “Facebook” in the title of a blog post or mention social media, and it’s instant link-bait. If you’re still with me, that probably means you’re a stalker or immune to the rampant ADD in our society today.

This blog isn’t going away. It’s just become more like a quarterly newsletter than a blog. There is plenty in the archives for new dads. I still get a fair amount of traffic based on the strength of some of my posts.

I still schedule posts to go live at 8:07. 8/07 is Twilli’s birthday. 8:07pm in 24-hour format is 20:07. Twilli was born in 2007.

4 Responses to “Facebook is Ruining My Blog”

  1. comment number 1 by: Tyler Wainright

    I’ve all but given up writing for Building Camelot…I just lost the passion to do so and I think I was trying to do too much with it and it was taking away time from actually being a father. Recently I’ve jumped into the world of photography and have started a much easier, low-key blog. Take care Elliott and I’ll see you on Facebook

  2. comment number 2 by: Elliott - 21st Century Dad

    @Tyler: Kind of ironic that being a better father and husband meant giving up the blog.

    We have to remember what priority #1 is.

  3. comment number 3 by: Erik

    Its nice to here there’s music after baby! As I had been preparing and now being a dad, the music thing has taken a back seat. After a few months I had little hope that it would ever reemerge.

  4. comment number 4 by: orlund

    Ha, I am right with you guys. I write maybe once a month now and haven’t looked at a blog site in a while. I have to admit I was going to read a few dad blogs because I felt a little guilty not visiting all you guys in a while.

    Being a father and a photographer have taken over. Keeping a photo blog is less work (www.orlund.com)

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