Everything I’ve read about starting a blog says the first and most important step is to define the message of your blog. The second most important step is to define your audience. Well, I’ve done neither, but being unprepared has never stopped me before.
What is my message?
My message is that I’m here and I’m surviving. I’m not the only one who has tough days, and I want to let other single parents know that they are not alone. Although I know some days might feel like you are all alone. I want to let the world know that I’ll continue to fight and I’ll make it. Even if I don’t know how, even if some days it doesn’t feel genuine, and even if some days I’m faking it.
I believe that in some way we’re all faking it, no one has it all together. Maybe your career is firing on all cylinders but you are stressed from taking care of your aging parents. Or your family is great but your love life is nonexistent. Whatever it is life throws obstacles in front of all of us and we all have questions that we ask ourselves. What are my questions? Is my house clean enough (it’s not), is my ass too big (it’s way too big), will my business survive (maybe with fingers crossed and long days ahead), how will I be able to afford college for my daughter (don’t know), and a wedding (maybe she will stay single) and everything else that goes along with being a single parent (I have no clue)? That’s right, I have no clue, at least not yet.
Who is my audience?
My audience is anyone who is trying to figure it out and is looking for a little support. Maybe someone who has been here and can lend a shoulder or offer a helpful word of advice. God knows I need all the help I can get! Single, separated, married, divorced parents. Essentially anyone who has been around a screaming child only because they were legally required to be and anyone who can’t wait to get a goodnight hug from the same screaming child. Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents can get in on this too. Determined, hard-working, exasperated, witty folks who won’t leave nasty messages when I drop the occasionally f-bomb. They will know I am joking when I talk about giving away my child and dog to the first person willing to take them. And they will know I am not joking when I talk about child abuse or surviving domestic violence and sexual assault.
Now it is your turn. What is your message to the world? Let me know, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!