A new week, a new favorite blog, found again by my wonderful friends/family–Words From A Father, subtitled “Husband of One, Father of Four” is a heartwarming legacy blog from a father to his children. He’s blunt in the intro, writing that this blog isn’t really meant to be found by others and he doesn’t allow comments for that reason: take it or leave it. However, that bluntness is quickly replaced in each short, numbered, life-lesson entry by a razor-sharp sense of humor and an understood deep love of his children. A love so deep that in 179, he deleted the fonts Comic Sans and Hobo from their family computer’s FontBook. He writes that his children may not fully appreciate this generous favor until later in life; if only he could go around to all household computers… Check out 163, 171 & 189 for more funny thoughts on type, and all entries for great thoughts on life.
This legacy blog reminded me once again of what is important in blogs: personality and content. Relevant, readable contend shared with an intimate point of view will attract readers. Granted, the ‘Father’ said he doesn’t care about readership, but in the majority of blogs, that is not the case. We do want readers and comments so we can know that our blog is making a difference. My advice is to learn from “Words From A Father,” who blogs so well. His content is focused–advice to his children. It’s generally short and able to be read in its entirely without attention wandering. His entries are also intimate. Most have that sense of “Dear Diary” that makes us as readers feel privileged to be reading this blog-entry window to his soul.
Inspired by this legacy blog, I’m proposing to my family that we start a similar one for our nephew (son, grandson, great grandson), turning 1 in just a few weeks. I’ll set up a blog for which we’ll all be authors. We can write in and share words of wisdom with our newest family member. He may not be able to read them for awhile, but when he is, all of our thoughts will be nicely archived, organized and searchable. What a legacy, indeed!