I had the honor of being asked to do a review of the new book, Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats, and found out in the process that my good ol’ pal, Jonathon, from One Funny Daddy is published in the book!
Jonathon is probably one of my favorite people to follow on Facebook. His updates make me laugh out loud and I’ve pretty much boiled it down to the fact that he is the male version of me, or, I am the female version of him. Chicken come first, or the egg? He is wildly sarcastic, inappropriate, hilarious, off his rocker, and to be frank, all the things I look for in a new friend. I met Jonathon through blogging when I first got started back in May and we have been laughing at one another’s ‘fails’ since then.
Rather than an actual review, I decided to do a interview with Jonathon. His posts/updates make me laugh on a daily basis and I couldn’t think of anything better than an interview with him—so off we went! Jonathon has over 11,000 fans on Facebook and quite the following. To a blogging nerd like me, that is quite exciting!
Smash: One Funny Daddy has over 11K likes on facebook! Aside from the obvious (your hilarious and sarcastic tendencies) how do you think your page grew so fast and so quickly?
Jonathon: Awe, thank you Ashley! Actually, my page didn’t really grow that fast. Let me give you a little back-story, so it all makes sense…
During my wife’s first pregnancy, throughout Buddy’s birth and beyond, I posted a lot of stories (both funny and frightening) on my personal Facebook page. My friends and family found them rather amusing. Within a few weeks, many of the same friends and family dared that I couldn’t post every day for the first year of Buddy’s life. I took the dare, and continued posting on my personal page for a few months. My idea was to post for a year, and compile them into a book for Buddy.
Later on, a few close friends suggested a blog page. I had no clue what a blog was, but I figured, why not? Those interested could look at it when they wanted, and I didn’t have to bore my friends on Facebook with all my ramblings of poop and parenthood.
On Father’s Day of 2011, the One Funny Daddy blog page was “born”. I created the Facebook page to hype the dot com. I surpassed the one year mark, but lost interest a few months later. I honestly forgot they existed for almost a year. And then all of the sudden, I started getting notifications for my Facebook page.
Three popular Facebook pages, Fodder 4 Fathers, Manderstanding, and The Robot Mommy all stumbled across my page and shared it in a short period of time. Soon, my 700 friends became 1300. I’ve never forgotten them. They rekindled the flame. 🙂
It has taken almost two years to gather up 11,000 friends. I wigged out for a month or two and got a little numbers-crazy. I had an insatiable lust for ‘likes’. I was sharing everything in sight, paying to “boost” posts, and posting fairly racy things just to attract attention. It was a close friend that messaged to ask, “What the f**k are you doing!? Do you even remember why you started doing this?” that snapped me out it.
After that little reality-check, I just continued doing what I had alway done…telling poop and boob jokes. And I always, ALWAYS try and show my appreciation for the friends of my page! As silly as this sounds, I really do consider them friends, not followers or fans. I’m nothing special, just a dork with a Facebook page. Their advice, stories and support have kept me laughing through the toughest of times. We really are in this together. I feel guilty that I can’t reply to everyone of their comments. Although I am adamant about reading every response, and at least clicking ‘like’ to acknowledge them. That’s like a high-five in Facebook land:) Those friends, including other page Admins, have never let me down. All the likes, and shares, etc…They are the reason we are 11,000 strong and growing!
Smash: I’d imagine you are quite an entertaining fella to hang around with. Would the people that know you in your day-to-day life say the person you come across as in your writing/posts is the same as the person they know in life?
Jonathon: HA! Good question! I know my friends and family would tell you I am the EXACT same guy! I’m actually quite reserved on the One Funny Daddy page in comparison to “the real me”. And I have actually “reeled in the raunch” on my personal page. When family members start blocking you, it’s a pretty good sign that maybe you shouldn’t type everything out loud;)
People always ask me, “Do you really act like this in front of your Wife?” Let me start by saying, I’m not the Jim Carey type. By that, I mean loud, animated and telling jokes non-stop. I’m more of “that funny guy at the party” type. That said, Wifey and I were at a Christmas party for work. This was before she was pregnant for the first time. We were mingling with a group of co-workers and their wives when one of them asked, “So are you two going to try for kids any time soon?” Wifey paused and looked at me, waiting for a response. I blurted out, “Well, we can’t make BUTT BABIES!” The group burst into laughter, Wifey was mortified, and I didn’t get to do any “baby makin'” for a few weeks 😉
Smash: How did you decide to contribute to Clash of the Couples?
Jonathon: My friend Michelle (Crumpets and Bollocks, Dribbles and Grits, & fellow contributor to Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats) messaged to urge me to submit a piece for the book. I was working 80-90 weeks at that point and had no idea where to find the time. One morning before work, I was in the one and only place of solitude that I can think straight, the shitter. I grabbed my phone and just brain-dumped…while I was taking a dump. The piece was rough, but it made me giggle. I titled it ‘Shitter Draft 1’ and pushed send. I received another message later that day saying I was accepted. I was so happy, I almost shit again!;)
Smash: Do you feel like you can die a happy man seeing you are now featured in a book? I mean, really, you are like the male version of Danielle Steele now….
Jonathon: HA! I don’t know if I would call it “featured”? My contribution was but a bit part in a very grand script. I mean, look at that list of Authors! There are some heavy hitters in Clash of the Couples! I still feel like a little fish in a very huge pond. I am just so humbled and grateful that Crystal Ponti allowed me to be a part of Clash. Can I die happy? If I ever have a book of my own on a best-seller list, then we’ll talk. I just hope I don’t croak before those fat checks come rolling in! 😉
Smash: So, what does the future hold for One Funny Daddy? More kids!? More books? Do you plan on writing all your books in the toilet??
Jonathon: As usual, I have no idea! Yes, Wifey and I are discussing a third kiddo. She has two sisters, so three is the norm to her. As for me, I am just ecstatic that we have two healthy, happy boys now. Although if we’re physically capable, and we can afford another child, I figure, the more the merrier. I guess I can spread my Super Seed once more;)
My biggest dream has always been to make a living using my own creativity. In hindsight, I really wish I would have sought after art, or writing, or comedy. But, I got all caught up in life and stuff. I have always used too much work/not enough time as an excuse not to do it. As I get older, and I realize my clock will eventually stop, and the thought to accomplish something chases me continuously. For me it is a matter of deciding what to do. I wish someone would just tell me, “Do this, and you’ll wind up on the ‘Ellen’ show.” Until then, I guess it’s all a work in progress. A book? A children’s book? Who knows? Got any ideas?;)
And will I continue writing from the toilet? HA! Where do you think I am answering these questions from? Okay I have to wipe now. I need this hand back. So I’ll say THANK YOU for all the great questions Ashley! It was a pleasure! (((toilet flushes in the background)))
Smash: Best interview…EVER. I am clearly the Barbara Walters in the making…or Oprah…
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