“This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own.”
I started blogging using the “Blogger” platform, and the later moved to wordpress, while buying my domain name at the same time. I am not sure when I realized, from listening to other bloggers and writers, that owning my domain was crucial, but I am glad that I did. I own my own site. That is important!
Where did you start? Were you on Myspace? I remember that was just before I started writing, and I am glad no one asked me to predict what platform would be the one that lasted through the years, because I would have been wrong!
I remember my early blogging attempts. They were far less interesting, and less well written, compared to what I write today. I started the blog to have a written record of my son’s adoption process. And that was not enough to support a blog where people wanted to come back!
In the early days I used the blog as a diary. The first week I started to blog, I wrote about our family vacation in the Bahamas. Now I suspect that no one wanted to read a list of what I did on my vacation at The Atlantis Hotel complex. In the seven year time period that I have had the blog, I have learned a tremendous amount, and could write that same story in a way that would make people want to ask me more about my family trip. I have become a better writer: I no longer list my adventures, I now write about them in an interesting and informative fashion so that my readership can consider following my adventure in real life, not just read my story. I love to share the events that inspire my family and me, the adventures that work for us, and the affordable way we accomplish them. My goal is for some folks to learn enough from what I have written to be able to go out and have a similar wonderful experience! I learned a lot along the way on how to build my blog, listening to others was a huge help as well.
My blogging success also comes from having learned “how to” share with you. I have learned to share in an interesting manner. I try to focus on topics that you would want to read about. And, I try to educate: by opening up to my readership about my family, what we go through, to ultimately show people how a two dad family is not that different from other families. The example I love to use is, that as gay dads we do not have a disco ball in the living room, what we do have is what the rest of the country has. A teenager who needs to be motivated to do his homework, and not spend every minute on his phone! My message is that we are all the same because we are all different. Now that is some heavy stuff!
The adoption story is on the blog, and that is a piece of our family history. Today’s entries may include our current activities so that I can illustrate to folks, who do not know families like ours, that we are not that different. We go to the Bronx Zoo and I take fun photos with the gorillas, my son and spouse, and caption it, “my extended family!” Did I mention that my personal blog is my vehicle to showcase my incredible sense of humor?
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I hope to inspire those just starting out as bloggers and writers, and anyone who wants ownership of their own domain, and an enhanced presence online, to use a .ME domain name! Some have even had fun with it like this cute site: Despicable.ME! And it’s great because there are no restrictions on .ME domain names, registration for these domain names are open to anyone, similar to .COM, .NET, or .ORG.
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Lastly, I love working with a brand that supports my fellow bloggers and me: “.ME is dedicated to building strong relationships with its community members, which is why they initiate campaigns like this, or sponsor a myriad of blogging conferences like #WeAllGrow, Type-A Parent, Blogalicious, etc.” Without company support most of my fellow bloggers and I could not afford the fees for conferences. Additionally, we get to learn and work with great companies like this!
Disclosure: This is a compensated post on behalf of Domain.ME. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own.