About A Message With A Bottle And The Post-It Notes
After the birth of my first child, I quit my job to be a stay-at-home dad, or SAHD for short, though I never use that acronym because it looks and sounds too much like the word “sad.”
Daycare is obscenely expensive. It made more fiscal sense to stay home with my kid child than to collect a paycheck, only to hand it over to a day- care facility to watch my young son.
Still home on maternity leave, my wife left him alone with my newborn son for the first time. She reminded me, again and again, of all the duties I was to perform while she was gone. “I better write this down,” I joked, and grabbed some post-it notes and a black Sharpie.
As a joke (because I’ve never taken anything in life seriously), I wrote down even the simplest of tasks and pinned it to my bulletin board. I forgot all about
the note. I also forgot to change the baby.
On that day, the Message With a Bottle Tumblr was born.
The notes immediately struck a nerve with readers. I received emails, Facebook messages, Tumblr comments and tweets from men and women, parents of young children, grown children, parents, stay-at-home
In January, 2014, an editor at a website dedicated to the happenings in Claremore, Oklahoma did a short post about my website. The post went viral strictly on social media sharing. A few hours, and six million views later, my name, face and half-assed approach to parenting was the lead story on The Huffington Post, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Daily Mail, The Blaze, and countless other websites and media outlets. Television stations from across the United States emailed for interviews. Australian morning shows called to book me as a guest. G’day!
The outpouring for A Message With A Bottle was incredibly positive, humbling and borderline absurd.
Eventually, the notes turned into a full blown website, the one you’re reading this on right now. I’m glad you’re here and would love if you stuck around. You can do that many different ways, including:
So that’s my story! If you’d like to learn more or have something you want to show me, send me, sell me, steal from me or want to advertise on MWAB, email me at messagewithabottle [@] gmail [dot] com.