What is a post about child raising doing on a blog about making money online?
We as human beings share a need to interact with others. Fundamentally, there is a desire to pass on our legacy to the world. As bloggers, we chose a medium to interact with the world publicly. We share out thoughts and philosophies. In the most basic way, we are reaching out to share a part of ourselves with the world.
There is no greater legacy to leave the world than the one a parent passes on to a child. As I watch my two year old son grow and interact with the world, I ponder about what kind of person he will become.
In the same way we hope to grow our blogs and pass on our philosophies to our audience, we nurture our children and hope that they will some day leave a positive mark on the world.
Is raising a blog much different than raising a child? If my blog were my child what are some of the lessons I would pass on?
Find a Noble Purpose
The word “noble” has become on archaic ideal in the present day. However, I find that the idea encompasses traits that I would want to see in a person as well as in a blog. It is an idea that encompasses honesty, courtesy, and purpose, but yet is greater than all of those concepts individually.
I will occasionally see posts discussing white hat vs. black hat seo techniques or discussions about building trust by sticking to endorsing products that you use yourself. On other blogs as well as this one, I see advice to have a blogging purpose beyond simply making money. I can think of no better way to describe all of these concepts than to simply say have a noble purpose.
In the same way, I would raise my son to be honest and courteous to others. Don’t lie, cheat or steal. As you go through life, find a purpose greater than yourself. Whether it’s your family, or some humanitarian cause, or simply giving a helping hand to others. You will be better for it.
Though it’s an old fashioned term, I think any parent would be proud to have their child described as being noble in spirit.
In the same way, I would be proud as a blogger, if my blog was described in the same way.
This will not be a list post. Rather, I will continue these tips as a series. Much in the same way I would teach and raise my son, I will give these tips one at a time.