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SARASOTA, Fla. — A viral blog post about being selfless in marriage has now been published as a book.
Seth Adam Smith first published "Marriage Isn't for You" on his website, Forward Walking, on Nov. 2, 2013. The article immediately went viral and has since had over 30 million page views and was translated into over 20 languages.
Smith said the blog post was a result of some advice his father had given him about being unselfish in marriage and that he remembered it after an argument with his wife, Kim.
"I had to write something really quick, and that's what came to my mind," Smith said. "My dad gave me this advice and (I thought) I'd just write it, and it was really one of the quickest articles I had ever written because I had thought about it so much. I've never pushed out an article that easily."
Smith said that he was surprised at the popularity of his article but that it was a message that seemed to resonate with many people in many different countries, as evidenced by the 3,000 messages and emails that he has received since the article was posted.
He and his wife were married in April 2012, and he said that they did not experience "the honeymoon year of newlywed bliss" that many couples talk about, but that the message of his article has helped shape their marriage.
"We are two very, very different personalities, very different people," Smith said. "We were struggling because we just couldn't get our personalities to fit under the same roof. And it really didn't change until the fight and the resolution (mentioned in the blog post.) Now, it's never been better. Because I think we have both really embraced the idea in the book."
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