What’s Next for ME in #SocialMedia, #Media, and #Writing?

Category: Social Media Social Good Series

Mid-Life Crisis

Last year, at this time, I hit a wall when I attended a dad conference. I looked around the room and realized THIS was not me anymore. I was older than the vast majority of dads in the room. Their issues, their lives, their passions were greater than mine as I was “moving on” given my boys were nearly grown. I briefly got depressed, but quickly got out of that self-indulgence and decided on taking a fork in the road with my next (professional) moves.

Dad HATES Valentine's Day - BISS #170

That “fork” had to do with adding Social Media to my writing topics. Minimizing doing “just dad” stuff, without giving it up altogether since we NEVER stop being a dad (or parent). #DadChat became a primary focus of my remaining dad-work and I still enjoyed doing my comic strip, Because I Said So.

Social Media comic about getting a job

Later that year, I ended my 4-plus run of my radio show – that decision was mostly economic.

The result of these changes was that I found myself with a bit more time on my hands. For me, that’s very dangerous. I might do something foolish – like jump off a cliff on my skis to see if I can! I’m NOT suicidal, to be clear.

I also thought I’d devote more writing time to my blog series, Men vs. Women, the new Golf is Like series, and this one, Social Media Social Good. For a variety of reasons, I became less consistent writing these blogs.

Career change comic

The upshot is I do have TOO MUCH time on my hands. And, I’m about to go to the same dad conference for the fourth consecutive year. I expect I won’t have another epiphany – or career-crisis. And, I am doing a sponsored #DadChat at the conference, which is consistent with my goals.

BUT, I need to find a new outlet. I even briefly thought of looking for a (real) job. Thankfully, I quickly dismissed that foolish thought since it would obviously impede my important endeavors of golf, skiing, and play.

What should I do? Heck if I know…

Job comic

  • NoelleNotNoel

    How about doing a “He Said, She Said” type column with your wife? If she’d be willing.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @NoelleNotNoel:disqus – That’s really covered in my “Men vs Women” series. I actually wrong a similar series for a now defunct website, too. Keep on thinking for me Noelle – much appreciated!

      • NoelleNotNoel

        Well, what about just talking about this transitional time? Boys grown, doing their thing, your moved to Utah, empty nest, becoming more “advisor” to your boys as they become adults. Would either of your boys be interested in doing something with you, blog wise? That could be interesting.

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          THAT I’m beginning to do @NoelleNotNoel:disqus – as for the boys, they have NO INTEREST in doing anything like that with me! They’ve sort of hated being indirectly in the spotlight all along…

          • NoelleNotNoel

            Then I see no crisis! LOL I think you’ll continue to find new paths, different things to talk about as your role as dad/parent continues to shift to more the passenger seat and you start shifting to a new POV on life, kids, etc.. It’s all about the journey, right?

          • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

            There is NO crisis @NoelleNotNoel:disqus – just a fork in the road! I appreciate your support AND care!

          • NoelleNotNoel

            You’re welcome!

  • ginavalley

    I think you should get the Harley AND the tattoo.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @ginavalley:disqus – I like the way you think, Gina!

  • http://www.daddymojo.net/ Trey Burley

    Two words: llama farm.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      @Daddymojo:disqus – WHY didn’t I think of that, TB?!

  • http://moondustwriter.com Leslie Moon

    Bruce – your #dadchat is inspiring for parents at all stages. Whatever it is it will be great .

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Thx @moondustwriter:disqus – my plans absolutely include keeping and hopefully building #DadChat – I love it; love the people…