NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH – There are numerous websites that offer ‘professional’ advice to bloggers. While I question some of the expert advice or even laugh at how the ‘professionals’ will contradict themselves, there is one thing they all agree on – it is never a good thing to go silent and not have new content posting at frequent or somewhat regular intervals. I don’t disagree, and accept this as a fact. The quandary that this has always put me in is my philosophy on when to write a post, “If I don’t have an at least marginally interesting story to tell, I don’t post”. This is why my little blog will never rank that high on Google or any of the sites that score anything with a web address, I simply don’t post enough and the algorithms hate this. I view people’s time as important and simply cant fathom the idea to mindlessly spew content to appear more legitimate in the ‘fishing world’ at the expense of the content being worse.
With a philosophy that is already pretty conservative about when to post, it increasingly works against me if I am not even out fishing to have an opportunity for something to happen worthy of a post. I often wonder in my Instagram feed if the anglers are exceptional or is it simply they can fish a lot. It also doesn’t hurt if those same folks live in places with exceptionally good water with good fish in it (especially true for those fortunate souls living on or near Saltwater).
At least I will say I have a wonderful reason for my low fishing frequency and the subsequent result of less chance for a post worthy happening. This would be my amazing family. I truly am blessed and wouldn’t change a thing. As it relates to fishing, more than one dad has reiterated to me how fast time will go and that it is completely normal to have what feels like huge gaps in time not doing your previous recreations when you have a baby/babies. I have already noted how fast time is going as my oldest is 5 and my youngest is 2. My son is already demonstrating the ability to enjoy fishing with me and my daughter isn’t far behind. I love the meme I see that circulates saying “Some people find a fishing buddy, I raised mine”. In my case, I hope it’s fishing “buddies”.
As my life now has taken me to nearly school age and a later stage toddler, I recognize some of the most around the clock constant supervision and demands are behind me. While I am wise to know parenting and involvement never ceases (nor would I want it to), I also am acutely aware I am gaining ground on the ability to get out fishing. I know my fishing experiences will often remain pretty remedial as they will likely often have kid(s) in tow, but I hope there will still be people who enjoy watching and reading along. Maybe what they see will remind them of their own memories or for the younger audience, to see what might be ahead for them.
I’ve made it this far without giving up on blogging, it makes no sense to give up on it now. It may very well turn out that for a period of time this blog will only serve the purpose of being a keepsake that my kids might enjoy one day. For those that stick around through this period of time, I will continue to try to entertain, inform, and stumble upon some nice fish now and then.