Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Heart-Breaking Keyword Search for The Single Father's Guide

How will I do this?
So, I started writing The Single Father's Guide Blog shortly after Arundel Publishing produced my book The Single Father's Guide to Life, Cooking, and Baseball about five years ago. Since then, my blog has been read by a shit-ton of people. (Thank you.) Far more have read the blog than have bought the book. (Buy the book, dammit.)

Anyway, I see some basic analytics about readers and how they find the blog. You know, like the person's country of origin, the referring URL, and the browser a person uses. For the record, the top three countries by page view for the month are the U.S., Ukraine, and Canada. (Oh, yes. We're very big in Ukraine.) The top three referring URLs are FacebookGoogle, and Facebook for iPhone. And, among the top browsers are Mobile, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer.

So, I also see what Keywords are used to search for the information that leads readers to the blog. Usually, I see words searched that include, "Single Father Quotes," "Sex as a Single Father," and "Easy to Make Recipes for Single Dad."

Today, I saw a Keyword search that floored me, "How to be a Widower Father."

Sorry, Brother. You're welcome here.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

No Time for Breakfast? Here Are Some Ideas.

The Favorite Son finishing homework before school. Sometimes, you have time to
make breakfast. Sometimes, you don't.
No doubt, you’ll have your hands full on many mornings, Dad. Even if you share custody of your children, some of the time you’ll be the project manager to get the kids out of bed, dressed, fed, lunches made, and on the bus. Of course, older children provide their own unique challenges and opportunities: small children, small problems; big children, big problems. Regardless, there will just be some days that you don’t even have the two minutes to prepare and eat a healthy smoothie. Don’t fret, but be prepared.

How pretentious is it to quote yourself?

Every couple of weeks, grab a dozen bagels. Rather than buying plain bagels, though, choose bagels that have a little substance. Blueberry, cheese, cinnamon-raisin, pumpernickel, and whole wheat, among others, often contain fewer calories, offer a variety of tastes, and provide nutritional benefits not found in the plain kind. Then, take five minutes to slice the bagels in half, place four to six of the sliced bagels in a large zipper-lock freezer bag, and they’re ready to toast on the morning after the power surge that reset your alarm clock or when you find indisputable evidence that your golden retriever wasn’t able to digest the chocolate bar your three-year-old son fed her the previous evening. Serve toasted bagels with almond butter, butter, cream cheese, hazelnut spread, or peanut butter, and garnish with two or three apple slices, banana slices, grapefruit chunks, grapes, orange wedges, or strawberries.

If you don’t even have time for that quick breakfast solution, there’s nothing wrong with sending your kids out the door with a granola bar and a piece of fruit in hand. Even when the pressure is on, you can feel good about the fact that you were able to begin your day—and theirs—with a healthy, filling breakfast.

Nice start, Dad.