MFS Takeover – The Highjacking of the MSF Blog

My kids have been asking to put together a blog post. I thought it’d be a perfect opportunity to teach them about coming up with a vision, creating an outline, and editing their work.

Turns out I must make blogging look a lot more fun than it really is. My kids had no interest in the hard work. They just wanted to publish their writing and receive the inevitable accolades from “the internet.”

I tried to explain that this isn’t how blogging works. I tried to explain that you have to create value for readers in order to build an audience. That you have to continue to add value to your audience in order to create a following. And that they can forget about accolades, those won’t come for years if they ever do.

Turns out my kids weren’t interested in the valuable lessons I was trying to teach. So my lessons on hard work, refining your craft and adding value were abandoned. Instead, I decided to simply encourage their creativity.

I’ve taken a picture of their original work and then transcribed their post with spelling corrections [and notes from me in brackets]. They have given themselves the moniker of MFS or My Father’s Son and differentiated themselves with my oldest referring to himself as MFS-1 and my youngest as MFS-Younger Son.

MFS – Younger Son

I am 6 years young.
And my name is MFS Younger Son.
I bite my nails a lot. I can’t help it.
I love to play at parks a lot.
I have a lot of games.
MSF calls me names. [He means nicknames.]

MFS-1

I am 8 years old. My name is MFS 1.
My birthday is July 3. I was born in 2009.
I like a lot of sports. I also get lots and lots of ouchies. They hurt a lot.
I have 1 younger brother named MFS-2. He is a nice little boy.
Me and my dad sometimes play sports with each other.
Don’t tell him, but I usually win.

31 Comments

  1. Nice work boys, writing a quality blog post at your age you are further than the majority of future bloggers. Cannot wait when your posts will provide more value than your fathers πŸ˜› (also don’t tell him, but I let you know secretly he wants this as well). Keep up the good work little fellows πŸ™‚

  2. Love it, I may have to stea . . . I mean borrow it with my boys (9, 7) – I’m not sure they want to write however.
    Tell your boys if they work hard and put in their time, it’ll pay off in 20yrs or maybe even longer. πŸ˜‰ #honesty

  3. Bravo on their first blog posts! Creativity of one ofβ€”if not theβ€”most important skill to cultivate in kids, IMHO.

    My wife sometimes lets my 3-year-old compose text messages to me, which are about 5 full lines of gibberish and emojis. I wonder if there is more meaning behind them sometimes, rather than just tapping frantically on the screen.

    1. I still get the emoji filled texts from my kids, although the text has transformed from gibberish to relative sense.

      I have an upcoming post on my opinion of one of the most important skills to cultivate in kids, I think you will be particularly interested in it.

  4. This is so cool, MSF! Those boys are lucky to have a dad who cares about fostering their creativity like you do. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their post and I hope to see more of their work down the line.

  5. This is absolutely adorable! Love the dedication to finish the posts, that seems like a lot of writing! Or maybe I just don’t remember writing as a kid. Hopefully you can sneak the valuable lessons in there another time!

  6. [NOTE TO DAD: Please read to the boys.] I saw your blogs today and it made me happy. You are both incredible writers! I am a writer for my job so I know good work when I see it. Have you ever thought about writing a comic book? I would read it. I’d even pay you $5 each to read it. If you decide to write the comic book, could it be about kittens and dragons? My name is The Lady and let your dad know that he is super lucky to have two talented sons.

    1. Thank you so much. My boys beamed as I read your comment to them. My youngest said, “That makes me want to write more blog posts. Thanks for the encouragement!” My oldest wanted to write his own response, so I’m handing the computer over to him now.

      I enjoyed listening to your comments. and might even make a comic to from, MFS 1

    1. Thanks Mrs. Wow! I think I might make it a regular feature. Not only has it been hugely popular, but I think it’ll be fascinating to see how they progress as they get older.

  7. Nice work, lads! I used to bite my nails a lot too. Sometimes I’d bite them too low and it would HURT! But I’d still bite them anyway. I only stopped when I got older (like in high school). I still crack my knuckles though – I love the sound it makes and will never stop cracking them! πŸ˜ƒ

    I played a lot of sports when I was younger, but baseball was my favorite. I used to beat my dad whenever we’d play H-O-R-S-E in our backyard. My dad used to tell me that he was letting me win, but I don’t think he was I was just better than him! 😁

    1. Thanks, Ty! I plan on using the “I’m letting you win” line with him sometime very soon. Hopefully, my youngest will grow out of the nail biting as you did, but his dad isn’t the best example.

      The boys loved the comment, my oldest exclaimed “I love that too” when I read the cracking your knuckles comment.

  8. Well, it’s safe to say they have better penmanship than me. The creating value is also there. We now know your 8 year old son is better at sports than you πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing. Seems like a great family activity.

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    1. Thanks! Sports are just the tip of the iceberg, I’m just waiting for the day I can no longer help him with his homework. It’ll likely be before he leaves elementary school.

  9. That’s awesome. I bet my girls would love to do the same. Every time they see me on the computer they ask me if I’m “working on a blog post” – the vernacular has definitely transferred. When I was 7, blogs didn’t exist πŸ™‚

    1. My kids are the same way. The never really paid much attention to what I was doing until I started blogging. Now they are fascinated with it. Probably has something to do with the lego theme πŸ™‚

  10. LOVE!

    MSF-Younger Son – I love to play in parks too! Being outside is the best. Nicknames are pretty cool. Do you have a favorite?

    MSF-1 – I hope you had a great 8th birthday a few weeks ago! What’s your favorite sport to play with your dad? Does he share his legos with you?

    Thank you both for writing for us. I hope you will again sometime soon.

    1. Thanks, Amy! I read the comment to my boys and they beamed.

      MFS-Younger Son – “Yeah, [big smile] Munchkin Man”

      (MFS-1 wanted to write his own response, so I’m handing the computer over to him.)

      MFS-1 – Soccer is mine. do you have one? my dad sometimes shares his Legos.

      1. MFS-Younger Son – Oh, I like that nickname too!

        MFS-1 – I like volleyball. That might not be one you’ve tried yet but probably someday you will. That’s good he shares. πŸ™‚

        Thank you both for answering my questions, that was really nice of you!

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