Three Questions To Ask Parents & People

My children graduated from their respective schools three weeks ago and as part of my role as proud father I joined the mad scramble to gain the perfect position to take a picture.

Some might say that after almost fifteen years as a father I have gotten pretty good at getting the shot because you rarely see me pushing and shoving the way so many others do to obtain that perfect position.

It is not because I am strong enough to move the men and the women out of my way or tall enough to see over all of them.

Nor is it because I prefer to make snarky comments about the people who think the best shots come from using their tablets and not a real camera or even the  camera on their phones.

No, it is because I know that I don’t need 1,983,832 photos of every event my children participate in.

Question #1

Will you ever look at those pictures or watch the 98 minutes of graduation/soccer/recital you just recorded?

I understand the desire to record the lives of our children and the hope to capture the really important stuff because I think about it and want to do it too.

But sometimes the need to see it live overrides the need to watch it live through a tiny view hole.

It also makes me wonder how many people still develop their shots.

In the old days we’d shoot a role of 24 or 26 on our cool 35 mm cameras and hope that we didn’t blow too many shots.

Heck, the first camera I had was a hand me down that used 126 cartridges, I was really excited when I got my first 35 because I felt like I had cutting edge technology, not like the 110 I sometimes had to use.


Sometimes my kids ask me why there isn’t more footage of me when I was younger or why we don’t have more photos/movies of grandparents and great-grandparents.

That always leads to a conversation about how advanced technology is now compared to what it was once upon a time.

But it always leads me back to the my own questions about what do we do with all the footage we have now and whether we take it because we intend to use it or because we think we should.

Question #2

There is an on going discussion about the importance of asking readers to follow and or subscribe to our blogs and the various social media platforms we are on.

A while back I asked Why Do We Ask People To Subscribe To Our Blogs?

It led to a good discussion here and elsewhere online and I realized that while I am a very good marketer for the companies and clients I have worked for I am not as good about doing it here.

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I really started to focus on it and tried to build the subscriber base. I could insert forms into posts and actively ask you to sign up.

Enter your email address:

Is that better than a popup, flashing lights, bells and or whistles?

Am I going to discover that by creating a bigger base I have more blogging cachet than I do now. Will that lead to requests for speaking engagements, more reviews, brand ambassadorships, book deals and a starring role in a major  motion picture.

Confession: Some of the trappings associated with fame might be fun but I don’t want to turn my life into tabloid fodder and not be able to go out in public like a normal person.

Second confession: I have significant doubt that any one has any desire to make me the hero in a movie. In fact the real reason I like the idea is in my fantasy world it would mean someone would pay for me to have a personal chef and trainer.

Getting paid to get back and stay in shape might be kind of cool.

Question #3

If you were to give someone advice on what sort of career they should enter would you tell them to find something they love to do or push them to go after something practical?

For example, if your son/daughter wanted to be an actor and you knew it was their passion would you tell them to chase it for the one in the a million chance they could make a real go of it or would you push them towards a career that you knew was likely to help them pay their bills.

I think about this often and sometimes wonder if my children would be better served to be pushed towards getting jobs in tech or becoming physical therapists.

People are living longer so there is a definite need for healthcare specialists. There is a need for people to help take care of the wounded vets who have returned home and as mentioned before there are opportunities in tech.

Not to mention you can’t outsource plumbers, mechanics and electricians.


Ok, that is more than three questions but plenty of fodder for thought and conversation. Let’s talk in the comments.

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