Single Dad Laughing FAQs
Absolutely! I am always looking for fantastic products to test. Feel free to contact me about it! I have so many fantastic ways to tout great products via my Facebook Page, product placement, video review, product review, or giveaway.
Please understand that I do not accept products I am not personally interested in, that are not of the highest quality, do not entertain, or that my readership would not be interested in. I’ll be straight-up with you if you message me and I don’t have interest.
I don’t blame you for asking! We all have to get started somewhere! Unfortunately I won’t be able to help you out. I get at least a dozen emails every day from people asking me to share their blog or site, sometimes more. I wish I could help everyone, but I had to make the decision to share mostly only my own stuff unless I happen across something that really resonates with me.
One of the most unexpected realities of big blogging is that to run Single Dad Laughing, it takes almost all of my work time and free time. Unfortunately I don’t have time (if I want to be an involved dad) to visit very many blogs, and the ones I do visit are usually recommended by people who aren’t associated with the blogs.
No, probably not. I have many of my own causes that I’m passionate about and support, including the Single Dad Laughing Quiet Goodness Fund. I understand that the world is full of incredible causes. It’s also full of incredible people. I can’t cover it all, so be one of those good people and make things happen where you see a need! I had to make the decision some time ago to focus on entertainment and discussion on this blog and save my “good cause efforts” for what I can see and do near to me.
Occasionally I will bring my causes to my readers, and I am always so thankful for the way we all are able to reach out together for each other.
Definitely! I am not interested in services from different ad agencies right now, but I am developing a new sponsorship program where I give one company exclusive advertising in every ad spot on my site (along with other social shout-outs, etc) for a certain amount of time. If you’re a business interested in sponsorship, please contact me.
How you doin’?
Haha. As of writing this, I am not currently dating anyone exclusively. As silly as it sounds, I have found that Tinder is a great way to meet interested people near me who happened to find me on my blog. If that link doesn’t take you to me then I’m dating someone. Anyway, simply go to my Tinder profile and swipe yes or no. Then I’ll swipe yes or no. If we both swipe right, then sure! Let’s meet up!
Just a heads-up. I live in Salt Lake City. I’ve tried long distance stuff. It just doesn’t work for me.
Write what needs to be written. Say what needs to be said. Be honest to what’s inside of you, and you’ll attract people looking for your honesty.
Don’t be politically correct all the time. If you never say anything that people will strongly agree with or disagree with, there will never be a reason for people to come read your blog.
My secret formula is this. 1) Write something honest or different. 2) Write something that people will want to share. 3) Ask people to share it and then make it easy for them to do so.
I’ve also written my 100 Blogging Tips that hopefully will help you get going a lot more quickly in the right direction!
Due to the nature of this blog, I get a lot of emails asking for advice in certain situations. Sometimes I can reply, sometimes I can’t.
It is my experience that most people who write to me looking for advice are also people who want a second opinion to confirm to them that the “higher road” is the better road. You already know it is, so find the courage to take it without needing the consent of others first. Easier said than done, I know.
I share my blog, thoughts, struggles, etc with the world as my way of saying, “hey, if you’re going through this, so am I.” Do a search on my blog. You may be amazed what kinds of things you’re thinking about that I’ve talked about.
Just keep being amazing, keep fighting the good fight, and reach out to communities who can more easily respond! Humaning is hard sometimes. It’s great sometimes. It’s definitely better when we do it together.
Then you’re normal and it’s not the end of the world! Blogging is all about getting good discussion and debate going, so celebrate when you see things differently and (nicely) share your point of view!
Due to the nature of social media, I believe comment systems are outdates. Over on the Single Dad Laughing Facebook wall I share all the links and we have incredible community discussions about it all in a much better format. Join in with us!
Probably not. Lots of people have lots of different opinions, and that’s all they are. I learned long ago that I can’t please everyone.
Since starting Single Dad Laughing, there have been a small handful of bloggers who have spread falsehoods and disdain for my blog. I am happy never reading their stuff, so I appreciate when you don’t send it to me. All it does is bring me down and, like you, I try to stay happy.
I get asked often if I have a formula for writing viral blog posts since I’ve been lucky enough to have many of my posts go viral.
My answer is absolutely not. I learned long ago that I can’t plan a viral post. Any post I thought would go majorly viral tanked. Every viral post I’ve ever had was one that I didn’t think was any big deal at all, or that I was scared to publish because I thought it might be “too much” and actually hurt my blog.
The key to going viral is to just put your best work out there every day, no matter what flavor it is. The ones that will go viral will go viral. The internet has a way of bringing the best stuff to the top.
The answer is simple and complex. The simple answer is that they can be very overwhelming. I reply to some of them, and because new comments bury old comments, my replies get buried to the bottom of the stack.
More than anything, I believe that the comments are a natural platform for all of you to share your thoughts on what I wrote or shared to begin with. In other words, what I share kind of is my comment.
That being said, I really wish I could comment more and often. My blog gets an average of 500-1000 comments every day (site-wide) and I simply don’t have time to get to all of them. Not if I want to be a good dad, good family member, and good person to the people in my personal life.
Just know that I read a good number of the comments that come through, even if I don’t reply, and I’m really thankful for all of them because the conversation is what I love more than anything.
I taught myself how to design websites, and I built this one. To build a site like this takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. And a lot of banging your head on the desk. And if you’re willing to learn how, it’s also a lot of fun.For this website, I started with the Newspaper Theme. It will do pretty cool stuff right out of the box, and I highly recommend it. You’ll need to be on self-hosted WordPress as your blogging platform.
No. I don’t think that’s possible. The world is spinning too fast and life is happening too chronically for that to happen.
First of all, I apologize. That’s annoying, I know. I get so many messages/emails that I simply can’t get to them all. It’s one of the down-sides of having a blog this big, and please don’t take offense if I can’t get to yours.
Every so often I have to bug bomb my entire inbox and try to keep up starting at the present, but I do my best to reply to as many as I can.
Facebook is also full of messages in my “Other/Filtered” folder which I simply can’t get to most of the time. I do answer as many as possible given the time I have.
You want the truth? I don’t like Twitter, I don’t get Twitter, and I have never put much effort at all into it. I really think every big blogger has only time to focus on building one solid platform, and I chose to build mine on Facebook.
I do, however, understand that there are many tweeters who don’t use Facebook, so I share links to my stuff every day and I occasionally tweet other stuff (though, it’s admittedly rare).
I was raised Mormon, and even though I tried to believe in the religion, I just never could so I eventually left the church. I have my own very personal spiritual beliefs that are important to me. I do not belong to any organized religion. Do I have a problem with religions? Absolutely not. I love when any individual finds spiritual fulfillment through their personal religion or through their own endeavors. Religions just aren’t for me.
I don’t ever get writer’s block (knock on wood). When I’m in the writing zone, I pound out as many quality posts as I can and then schedule them in the future. When my brain isn’t in the zone, I work on other aspects of running a big blog that need my attention. This way I rarely have to deal with the pressure of coming up with something on the spot. It also gives me the added benefit of moving posts around into a way that makes more sense to those following along.
The answer is rarely. I have deleted fewer than 300 of the more than 700,000 non-spam comments that have been left here on Single Dad Laughing.
The only comments that get deleted are those that are attacking, flagrant, or full of vitriol.
I don’t mind people debating with each other or strongly disagreeing with me. I’m thankful that it is able to remain civil most of the time.
Good question. In the non-summer months I generally get anywhere between 1 million and 5 million page views each month. In the summer months that drops down a bit. And that makes me happy. It means you’re all out enjoying your kids and the sunshine.
That’s a good question for which there is no easy answer. For the daily blurbs, musings, and rants I sit down and I type whatever nonsense rolls off this crazy brain of mine. For the more introspective power posts, I take time to really think through what I’m going to say. I meditate and usually try to go to a different place with it. I don’t publish those ones until I’m convinced that what I’m trying to say has been transcribed fully into writing. Even then I often come up short.