This is me

This is me

I’m going to get things rolling here with an introduction to the regular cast of characters who’ll be populating the Shallows, starting with me. I am the author, after all. The blogger. The dad.

Shortly after I made this blog active, I was reading about blogging strategies (yes after), and the best suggestion I came across in the advice soup of the Internet was to make sure your blog has a point. A goal. A purpose.

My two personal life goals (verifiable by friends and co-workers) are to save sharks and end rape, though not necessarily in that order. Those are lofty endeavors, sure, but I think they’re good ones. I may someday start two blogs dedicated to those respective efforts (or one blog devoted to both), but this blog’s primary purpose will be to present a picture (and a hastily sketched one at that) of fatherhood. I don’t intend to portray myself as a fathering guru, nor as a parenting expert, nor as the very model of a modern social-media-savvy dad. All I have are my stories, my experiences, and my creepy, cockeyed doodles.

My secondary purpose will be to entertain. If I think it’s funny when my 6-year-old daughter watches Han Solo moving in on Princess Leia and shouts, “Don’t kiss him! Only kiss Luke!” I figure other people might think it’s funny, too.

My tertiary purpose will be to earn a lot of money doing this. (I may need to scale this stated purpose back a bit.)

And if some sharks are saved and some of our society’s rape culture is dismantled along the way, well, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I could, however, ask you what you’d hope to see on a blog such as mine. Got any requests?

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10 thoughts on “This is me

  1. Sarah says:

    I am so proud of you and can’t wait to read more!

  2. I completely agree with you, saving sharks from rape is a noble cause. Godspeed. 😉
    Seriously though, nice looking site. Looking forward to reading more.

  3. I like your drawing. And I took a few minutes to play with it… https://www.dropbox.com/s/mcyt314i9sidthn/thedad.jpg

  4. jesteram says:

    Thanks, Andrew! I look like I’m standing just downhill of an orange juice factory disaster.

  5. seth says:

    Fatherhood is a great topic! Way more important than saving sharks!:)

  6. Cheryl Klein says:

    This is sharktastic.

  7. Kevin says:

    You already have several comments and people doing work for you without even asking. Kids are a source of good material, and I would be interested in reading your fatherhood stories. And think you should let Andrew do more free labor.

  8. Kevin says:

    This did not allow me to edit it my comment. Add:
    Great Start.
    I.

  9. Beauregard says:

    When it comes to sharks, you’re either on the menu or you’re not; which is unlike fatherhood- where you’re always the first to get poked by a fork wielding two year-old.

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