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Why I Blog Instead of Writing Books

Posted on September 24, 2018 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’ve been really poor at blogging on this blog. What can I say? I’ve been busy writing thousands of blog posts on my Healthcare IT blogs and my reality TV blogs (mostly Pure Dancing with the Stars now). One day those will disappear, be sold, I’ll shut them down, I’ll stop doing them, or some other major event. Maybe then I’ll have time to do this daddy blog. We’ll see if it happens before my kids move out of the house and the daddy stories really change.

Regardless, this blog has always just been for fun. I’ve often joked to people that this will be my retirement blog. It’s what I do if I ever sell my other blogs and “retire.”

That said, today I came across this incredible post by one of my favorite bloggers, a Venture Capitalist named Fred Wilson. He celebrated 15 years of blogging and I’m pretty sure I’ve read every post for at least 12 years and maybe more. I started blogging 13 years ago, so we’ve both been through a blogging journey that is very similar in many ways, but completely different in others. However, he captured my perspective on writing a book vs blogging quite well:

I regularly get people coming to me and asking me to write a book. I always pass because I can’t imagine writing in a format that has an end. I can’t imagine writing in a format that doesn’t provide instant feedback. I can’t imagine writing in a format that requires a structure. I can’t imagine writing in a format that isn’t a stream of consciousness. I can’t imagine thinking about what I am going to write more than ten minutes before writing it. I can’t imagine killing trees to carry my words. So I will continue to write a blog. It’s the perfect format for me. AVC is way more than a book. It is a living breathing thing that sustains me and that is me.

Sometimes people ask me what I’d do if I sold my blogs or if I stopped blogging. My response is always simple. I can’t ever see myself not blogging. 13 years in, blogging is part of my life. It’s something I love. I won’t likely keep blogging at the pace I’m blogging today, but I can’t imagine ever not blogging. It’s just part of who I am.

True Love

Posted on April 26, 2017 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

True Love Take 1
Going to Walmart at 10 pm to buy a burnable cd (when will schools learn about yhis thing we call the internet?) So you can burn a song for your daughter to audition for the elementary school talent show.

True Love Take 2
Doing dishes at 11 pm when you just want to sleep.

Seeing My Wife Get Out and Use Her Talents Is Beautiful

Posted on April 5, 2017 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I recently had Pinot’s Palette reach out to me about the grand opening celebration of their new location at Town Square (They also have one in Green Valley and Boca Park). As part of the invitation, I was offered a number of free classes so I could experience Pinot’s Palette first hand.

My first reaction to this was “I don’t drink.” They noted that I could still paint even if I didn’t drink and that many who attended didn’t go to drink. Little did they know that I don’t paint. I love doing most things in life, but art has never been one of them.

Once I got over my own selfish desires, I had an even better idea. I should see if the Crash Wife wanted to go and do some art. She’s a fantastic artist and has an incredibly creative mind. Didn’t take long after I asked for her to reply that she’d love to go.

The amazing part of this to me is that I loved that she went as much as she loved it. There’s just something special and beautiful about seeing your wife get out of the house, away from the kids, with a friend doing something she enjoys. I really loved it and I can’t wait for her to go and do it again.

As part of Pinot’s Palette’s Grand Opening celebration on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, participants can sign up for either of the two-hour 7 p.m. classes on Friday or Saturday for $39, with 100 percent of the painting proceeds to be donated to St. Jude. Guests interested in signing up for Friday’s class can register online and Saturday’s class registration is available.

I think we’re going to have more of the Crash Wife’s paintings around the house and that’s really exciting to think about.

When You Discover Your Kids are Foodies

Posted on December 27, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Yesterday we were trying to figure out dinner. My wife was holding Crash Kid #4 when she sarcastically said, “I think we’re going to have a 5 course meal.”

Crash Kid #4 was having none of that (Although, it’s not clear that he knows what a 5 course meal really is). In his anger at her proposition, he said, “No…grrrr…I want a hot dog. Or Mac N Cheese.”

I can’t believe we would try and propose a 5 course meal when we could have a hot dog or Mac N Cheese. Seriously, what’s our problem?

Needless to say, we acquiesced and had Mac N Cheese for dinner. I added hamburger to take it to that next level of awesomeness. I know. We have very refined palettes. It’s tough being a father of children that are such foodies.

Sometimes Life Works Out Like This

Posted on December 13, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Today after lunch I went to grab a little treat from our remaining Halloween stash. When it comes to Halloween candy, we work on the consecration system. All the kids’ candy is mixed and we all eat out of the entire stash. Selecting the right piece of candy can be a challenge. Do I want chocolate? Do I want something fruity? etc etc I usually go for one of each.

When I went into the stash today, I saw one of my favorite candies of all time: Dots. I’m not sure why I’ve always loved them, but I do. It probably goes back to trips to the movies or this one time I was doing home teaching for my church and my older companion took me to the store and bought me this massive (at least that’s what I thought at the time) box of dots.

You know the excitement of opening your favorite box of candy. However, when I opened it, I discovered this:

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I don’t want to be insensitive or ungrateful, but it was a disastrous result. If you’re a fan of dots, then you know what I mean. Yellow and green are the worst and this box was almost entirely full of yellow and green. Pink is the best, so at least the one that wasn’t yellow and green was pink. However, that hardly made up for all the yellow and green.

As I pondered on this situation, I thought “Sometimes Life Works Out Like This.” I really have nothing to complain about. Yes, it was a sad thing to open a box of Dots to almost all green and yellow, but if that’s the worst part of my day, then I live a pretty amazing life.

So, despite this extremely minor setback, I’m going to push through the day and hope that the next box I open in life will have a little better result. Plus, that Pink one was so delicious.

Note: Yes, it’s December and we still have plenty of Halloween candy. I guess that’s what happens when you have 4 kids and trick or treat at your church, school, and then Halloween night.

I’m Bored – Every Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Posted on December 12, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’m seriously tired of hearing my kids say “I’m bored!” In fact, I shouldn’t even add the exclamation point to that statement. It’s usually said with such a drudgery that it doesn’t deserve an exclamation point. It trails off as if there’s no end to boredom. Unfortunately, I think that’s true. Sometimes I feel like my kids choose to be bored and no matter what they’re offered they’re going to say they’re bored.

What’s fascinating about “I’m bored” is that it’s always said after school. That’s right. I’ve never once heard my kids say that they were bored before school. In fact, quite the opposite. Before school, the kids always seem to have some project they’re working on. They literally are so not bored before school that they can’t be ripped away from their project in order to go to school.

I think there’s a lesson there about boredom.

This summer we “moved” to Hawaii for the summer like we’ve been doing for the past 4 summers. I can work from anywhere that has internet and so since the crash kids are out of school and the crash wife doesn’t work we take off to somewhere not so hot. You can imagine how “I’m bored” goes over when you’re spending time in the paradise that is Hawaii.

Ironically, our neighbors happened to be in Hawaii at the same time as we were there. So, we met up and hung out with them. It was great because they had 3 kids that could play with our 4 kids. When we were together, the kids rarely said they were bored. In fact, if you asked them what their favorite part of Hawaii was, they’d all say “playing with our neighbors.” How ironic is that?

This Christmas we decided to go on a Carnival Cruise with that same family. We’re heading down to Gran Turk and the Dominican Republic. Should be a lot of fun. I just hope I don’t hear my kids telling me “I’m bored.” Between all the cruise ship activities (especially the kids area) and their friends, I think we may be able to avoid the I’m bored comments for a whole week. That would be a Christmas present like none other.

Crash Kids IKEA Soft Toy Designs

Posted on November 12, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

It seems that my kids have plenty of my wife in them. They absolutely adore designing just about anything. So, when IKEA announced a plush toy design contest, my kids were all in. I’m not sure how the contest works completely, but it looks like it’s based on people’s votes. So, here are each of their designs and a link to vote for them if you like their design (or even if you don’t and just want to help them win). You can vote every day if you’re bored like that. Voting ends on 11/22.

Vote for Crash Kid #1’s Animal named The Kingikea-plush-toy-crash-kid-1

Vote for Crash Kid #2’s Animal named Daisy Dodoikea-plush-toy-crash-kid-2

Vote for Crash Kid #3’s Animal named Arnoldikea-plush-toy-crash-kid-3

I imagine it’s just my skewed father eyes, but I’d actually love to see all of these as stuffed animals. They’d all be pretty fun to have.

Shouldn’t Alexa Have Every Song?

Posted on October 11, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Today as the kids were getting ready for school my daughter asked Alexa (It’s an Amazon Echo if you don’t know who Alexa is…and it’s awesome if you don’t have one) to play a Justin Bieber song. Alexa replied that there was no Justin Bieber in our library. After hearing Alexa’s response, my 7 year old son turned to me and said, “Shouldn’t Alexa have every song?”

It’s pretty striking how quickly our perception of reality changes. My friend recently posted on Facebook the picture of a walkman and cassette tapes. What a pain in the butt it was to rewind and fast forward through the tapes to the song you wanted. Not to mention all the mix tapes that people would put together. There was a real art to doing it. I remember when CDs came about it was awesome that you could easily skip from song to song. Then, the iPod which could store so much music in such a small device.

Now my kids don’t even know what it’s like to have to buy music. They just ask Alexa to play a song and so far she’s been nearly foolproof. Who knew it would take Justin Bieber for Alexa to open my kids eyes to the fact that Alexa doesn’t have all the music in the world?

One day when driverless cars and maybe the hyperloop are a reality people will look back at our current time and wonder how we traveled so primitively. We’re pretty close to the point where light switches are unnecessary. What will our grandkids think about those odd switches on the wall?

It’s a crazy world we live in. For someone who loves technology, it’s a fascinating world of opportunities. For my kids, it’s just the status quo. That’s crazy to think about.

When Your Son Wants to Change His Name – From the Mouths of Crash Kids

Posted on October 1, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Tonight I took the time to lay down next to Crash Kid #3 (7 years old for those following along at home) and talk with him before he went off to sleep. The kid never ceases to amaze me. He’s so deliberate and thoughtful. It’s impressive.

While we were chatting, the conversation headed off in a surprising direction. It went something like this.

Crash Kid #3: Dad, at school I write my name as Micah Moo Moo. I really like that name.
Dad: Oh, that’s cool. Like on your homework or where?
Crash Kid #3: Yeah. Not on the stuff where I have to write neat or if it’s getting posted on the board. On the other stuff.
Dad: Interesting. Is your teacher ok with that?
Crash Kid #3: I don’t know…but there’s this girl in my class named Addison. On her papers she writes her name as Addie and the teacher calls her Addie instead of Addison. I write my name as Micah Moo Moo and the teacher still just calls me Micah.
Dad: (lol) Did you want the teacher to call you Micah Moo Moo?
Crash Kid #3: Yes.

There you have it. I guess Crash Kid #3 wants a name change. I did ask him if he thought the other kids would make fun of him if his name was Micah Moo Moo. He told me that they wouldn’t. He then told me he was going to write a song for me about Micah Moo Moo. Sadly the camera wasn’t rolling, but in case you were wondering it did say that Micah Moo Moo was a cow.

I told him, “Great, then we won’t have to buy any more milk.” He quickly replied, “I don’t like milk.” I guess it makes sense that Micah Moo Moo the cow wouldn’t like milk. I wonder if he’s a chocolate cow. I’ll have to ask him tomorrow.

Getting Fat…Must Run

Posted on July 20, 2016 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

What can I say? Everyone always told me my metabolism would catch up to me and it has. Gone are the days of gorging myself and not worrying about my weight. This didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a slow creep and I’ve seen it coming.

As a kid I always justified that I was the active kid that took the stairs, played sports, and could eat anything. Although, that’s not totally true. I always liked to say that I was someone who ate to live instead of living to eat. That’s still true to some extent, but as I’ve grown older I’ve learned my food vices. Sometimes I wish I was poor and couldn’t afford the foods I liked. I’m sure this is screwed up thinking, but I’m sure I wouldn’t be gaining weight if I only had Ramen in the pantry. On second thought, nah…I love my chocolate ice cream.

Seriously though, I’ve become addicted to food. I just feel like I need to keep stuffing my face. I’d never felt that before, but I feel it now. It sure makes for a new battle for me. Somewhere in life I decided that it was never ok for me to feel hunger. How screwed up is that? I don’t think we should starve ourselves, but how pampered am I that I feel like I need to eat so much that I never feel hungry.

I think in the past I’ve largely made up for it by playing sports. I’d still play sports every day of the week if possible. The problem is that life’s gotten too busy and the body is breaking down more and so I’m not playing sport as much. Combine the loss of exercise and increase in food consumption and I’m losing the battle of the bulge.

That’s more than you wanted to know about me, but I felt like I had to share my battle. I’m sure some will say that I have nothing to worry about and that’s exactly why I’m worried. I’m not enormous, but I don’t want to be enormous. I can still do pretty much everything, but I could stand to lose 25 lbs and my body would be much happier. Better to start now before it’s too overwhelming.

Tonight I started the battle. I went out for a run to workout for the first time ever in my life. For the last 6 months I knew this day was coming. I couldn’t just play ultimate frisbee and call it a day. I had to do something more.

I’d certainly run playing many sports. I’ve even randomly run various 5k and 10k events throughout my life, but I’d never really trained or run “for fun” or “for fitness.” I’m still processing the experience. More on that in a future post.

At least today I’ve won. That feels good. I’ll keep you updated on my progress and feel free to hold me accountable. Why else would I have shared all this on my blog? Now I have to follow through or else…