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.]
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.