It’s been a while since I’ve been published a post in the “Why I Blog” series. For that I am sorry! Life has been extremely busy which has taken my focus away from my blog! But don’t fear, I’m back with Seamus from Dadinating. Seamus recently joined the ranks of the Aussie Daddy Blogger group and we couldn’t be happy to have him on board with us.
So without taking up too much more of your time, here is Seamus!
I am a father of two, a teacher and an amateur tree changer. I’ve been married to The Mamanator (the love of my life) for nearly 4 years. We met at uni, took almost 8 years to find out we were in love, and now have a family together.
Our family moved out of Metropolitan Melbourne to Central Victoria in 2012, and we now live in sunny Guildford (a town of about 250 people, 15 minutes out of Castlemaine). My son (The Lad) is 2 years old, is a ranga and loves “Helicopters, swimming, flowers, rainbows, fire trucks, racing cars………”. The list goes on and on. Let’s just say he loves life. My daughter (The Lass) is 4 months old, born with a full head of dark hair and piercing grey eyes. She likes to poke her tongue out.
Seamus, how long have you been blogging?
Australia Day is actually my Blog’s birthday. It turns (or turned depending on when you post this) one this year! (Cue birthday music)
How did you learn to blog and why did you start your blog?
I have been writing stuff online for a while, I even kept a personal blog going for years via a service called “Livejournal” (which still exists by the way). Back then the blog was purely a journal, recording thoughts and events in my life.
I started “The Dadinator” because on becoming a parent I had thought after thought firing around inside my skull about raising and caring for my children, and I wanted to record them somehow. Blogging helped me to make sense of these thoughts by putting them into words. It also let me share them with other people, to show that we are all sometimes tired, impatient, unsure, insecure and emotionally vulnerable as parents – and that we can and do get through it.
Have you learnt anything specific from blogging?
As you would expect, it’s helped me hone my writing a lot. I’ve also learnt a great deal about parenting while doing research for blog posts, whether about pregnancy symptoms, child safety or simply reading about other people’s experiences of fatherhood and parenthood.
List 2 benefits you can see from starting a blog?
It gives you an opportunity to think and reflect on yourself, whatever the topic of your blog; parenting, health, fashion, music a particular hobby etc…. Writing stuff down makes you turn it over in your mind and it makes you spell out your thoughts and feelings. So it helps you clarify issues for yourself. It also encourages you to read more widely on topics/issues you might want to write about, opening your mind a bit.
You also have a chance to connect with other blogs and bloggers out there – which has a stack of different benefits range. It can act as an online support group, give you a sounding board for your own thoughts, help you write better material etc. I have split my sides laughing and come close to tears reading some of the stuff out there, and I’ve learnt a great deal too.
Do you have any specific tools that you use for blogging? i.e. plugins, evernote?
I use an app called Bloglovin to keep track of other blogs out there, as well as pinterest. I also use Google keep and Google drive for writing and saving links or little tidbits of information.
On the blog (which is wordpress based) I use a range of plugins. The most important are Jetpack (which is essential if you’re self-hosting wordpress), Disqus (better than the default commenting system in my view) and shareaholic (because the sharing buttons look cool, that’s the only reason).
Where can readers find you blog and how can they get in contact with you?
My blog can be found at www.dadinating.com. I also have a facebook page (www.facebook.com/thedadinator