I have become completely obsessed with all things blog related. When I started I had these dreams like everyone else did of writing the next Great American blog. Now I have been pretty successful in the past nine months bringing in over 42,000 page views, 125 Facebook Likes, and over 660 Twitter followers, but therein lies the problem. Why do I care about those numbers?
They are just numbers.
There are three things that I should care about more than anything; my wife and two kids. Somewhere though I began to obsess about this nonsense, spending much of my day on Facebook and more recently Twitter. I love the instantaneousness of Twitter, so much so that I would sit on my stupid phone and watch my stream more than I would my kids. I always thought it was crazy when people tweeted that that were playing with their kids and how much fun they were having. Why wouldn't you just enjoy the moment and not spoil it by sending off a tweet? Well here I was doing the same damn thing.
I could shoot myself for it.
I have the two coolest little kids on the planet, sorry everyone else, and I was half paying attention to them because my mind was on my Twitter stream. What an idiot! That looks great to the kids huh?
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Now don't get me wrong I have some awesome relationships that I have built online. I have no doubt that if I actually met these people in person we would be really good friends. The problem though is that for the most part, aside from one other blogger, I have never met anyone. They still exist solely in cyberspace. It's the real people, the people in the flesh right in front of me, that I should be paying the most attention to.
Only I am not.
I am making a vow to myself to focus more on what matters to me, and that's my family, somewhere along the way I lost sight of that. By no means am I going to stop doing my blog, where would everyone get their Lego fix, but I am not going to go nuts wondering how to get more page views or unique visitors. I am going to put down my phone when the kids are around, maybe take a day off here or there from Twitter or even have a Facebook free weekend. Maybe instead of sending one of my friends a message, I'll actually go visit them. Real life face to face.
The only thing I will be chasing from now on is my kids.