Dear friends, I hope I can call you that. You may have noticed that I’ve barely blogged the last year or two. At least I hope you’ve noticed. I haven’t blogged even once during the past almost two months.

I consider myself a writer and a blogger first and foremost. But… Instead of writing, I keep spending so much money and time trying to create beautiful, fascinating, hilarious, and awesome things to hopefully sell to all of you (somehow). My latest: an adult coloring book. Before that: An app. Before that: a memoir. Before that: fill in the blank.

The goal wasn’t to get rich off of any of them. The goal was to make a living and also help pay for…

  • The ten thousand or so dollars per year it costs me to run this server. Did you know… Ads became almost worthless a few years ago for parenting and life blogs. It’s why I’ve barely blogged. I’ve gotta figure out how to cover the server expenses that are necessary to be able to blog, since a single link can potentially send so much traffic here. Ironic, I know.
  • My two assistants that help me keep up with my following and who find and share all the memes with you every day that you love so much. That takes way more time than one might expect. Lots of organization. Lots of interaction (from me and them). Lots of time. Lots of moderating. And the need to be at the computer at certain times every single day.
  • The developers and software and computer equipment necessary to keep a website like this going. You’d be amazed how often the server just up and crashes for no reason, and how much it costs every time that happens.

I do everything I can think of to do. I work day in and day out. I’m also prideful. I hate asking for support and help from anyone, for anything, more than you can imagine. I feel like it’s on me if my projects don’t work. And they haven’t worked. I lost a lot of money on the coloring book. I lost almost two thousand bucks to be exact. I ordered 750 copies and sold about 50. I lost money on the memoir. I definitely lost the most money on the app. I’ve lost money on almost everything I’ve tried to do in an attempt to earn enough to pay for the expenses around here.

In full disclosure, even though I’ve lost a lot of money on all the projects, I do okay and I figure it out most of the time. I’m able to cover the expenses on my own, out of my own pocket. I don’t want to represent that things are dire or anything like that. In fact, today I’m not asking for your help.

I’m asking for your supportBecause… I’m currently whooped. And deflated. And even a little bit defeated. Do you ever feel like you give, give, give, and it’s never enough? That’s where I’m at right now. At the same time, life is good. So good. And so I have a lot of conflicting emotions.

Anyway, I want to blog, just like the good ol’ days. I want to write. I want to share narratives. I want to send texts to wrong numbers, and discuss all the crazy dynamics of life with all of you like I used to, and put together crowd-sourced posts, and continue creating hilarious and interesting content that you all loved for so many years.

But, I just can’t right now. Pretty much all my effort goes into other things to try and make my living and to cover expenses. I just don’t have it in me to blog with any consistency anymore, not when the thought that doing so will keep me from making what I need to make to be able to do it.

And since I can’t seem to sell my non-blogging creations to save my life…

And since the more I try to promote anything I do create, the more Facebook just buries those posts completely…

And since I do work so hard to bring so much awesomeness to all of you, every single day, 365 days per year…

And since you enjoy so much of it on a consistent basis (or at least I hope you do)…

And since the latest, newest announcements in the tech world are going to make ad prices drop even further…

And since I know that I’m never going to be able to get back to Single Dad Laughing as it once was without asking for individual support from many of you…

And since asking for anything makes me more uncomfortable than just about anything ever…

Maybe I just need to swallow my pride, man up, and finally just ask for your support. Gulp.

If you miss Single Dad Laughing (the blog)…

If you love and enjoy the Facebook page…

If what I bring into your life adds value, and laughs, and happiness, and introspection…

Or if you just wanna support me to support me…

I could use the buoy. I could use the positive kick in the pants. Yes, I could really use your support.

Do you mind signing-up to pay a buck or two (or whatever it’s worth to you) each month?

Click here to do that.

Or maybe a one-time donation to help me cover some of the expenses?

Click here to do that.

Or maybe just go pay full price for my coloring book and give me a break from competing with all the four-dollar coloring books on Amazon that aren’t anything like what mine is? You know, just to support if for no other reason? You’ll get a kickass (definitely NSFW) book full of satirical art and poetry.

Click here to do that.

I am so thankful for all the goodness in my life. And for all of you. And for your likes, and shares, and comments… They are all ongoing awesome support. I hope this doesn’t come across as unthankful or bitter in any way. I promise you, I feel quite the opposite. Life really is good.

I just hope that it’s okay to ask for support from all the people I try and support every single day. So I am. Pretty please.

And with that…

Well…

Hmmm…

Now to see if I have the guts to publish and share this. Why is that so difficult?

Dan Pearce | The Single Dad Laughing Blog

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!