Have you ever seen a group of sharks smell blood and go in to an absolute feeding frenzy? No? I have. It started about two weeks ago when I posted a link to an obscure Gofundme page I created to help me test the waters of an idea I had on my Facebook page, entitled "Help Me Be a Stay-at-Home Dad." It was just a simple question between a dad blogger and his "fans." But we all know how things can be taken the wrong way on social media, right? I guess the title was attention grabbing, and easy to take out of context, and easily twisted to attract angry moms and dads from around the globe by not one, or two, or three, or four, or even five of the top parenting websites on the Internet; it was picked up, and misrepresented, by almost all of them.
But while people were attacking the dad who "wanted a salary to stay-at-home and raise his kids" and mocking him and calling him anything from a bad writer to a bad dad, guess who was sitting back and scratching his head wondering what got people so upset? This guy right here; the guy who knew how this all started and how easily one media outlet, then another, then another, then another turned it in to something that it was not to increase their views and comments and likes. And I don't blame them. And I don't blame people for being angry, based on what they were told. But please don't blame me then for laughing at the whole thing, especially at the select overzealous few who took extra time to tell me what a horrible human being I am. Those are the real victims here. From where I stand, I'm a lottery winner simply by having one of my posts go viral. And, sure I didn't get a $50,000 salary to be a stay-at-home dad, as the media put it, but I did learn the true meaning of crowd sourcing; purely by accident.
Here's where I got to tell the true story of what happened:
But how interesting is the truth, I guess?