Baby blogging

by Milton on Wed, Apr 14th, 2010

in Documentation,Week 36

I have a lot of questions about the idea of baby blogging.  For example:

  • Is it important to keep pictures and stories about our future son private?  Or is it okay to share those stories in the same way that I share stories about all of the other parts of our lives.
  • Is a more structured blog in order?  One that explicitly tracks things like growth charts, firsts, memorable moments, etc?
  • Where to host and store pictures and videos?  For some reason, I’m okay with posting pictures of my own life to Flickr and Vimeo, but I want to make doubly sure that photos and videos of Axelrod never get lost, and are as secure long term as photo albums.  I guess that means coming up with another form of backup, but nothing really has proven itself to be reliable on the scale of decades rather than years.
  • Should it be something that also has email notifications for those family members and friends who are less internet-savvy but still interested in baby news?
  • Are baby blogs only interesting to their parents?

Of course, being an online fanatic myself, I want to do this right.  There’s a whole generation of nerd babies being born right now, and I myself was raised as a nerd baby of my generation, so it’s pretty much a tradition at this point, right?  I am tempted to build something myself, but can’t really justify taking on a big project like that at the moment (hm… you think?), so have been looking around at other sites that have hopefully done most of the hard work, and which I can be inspired by in the future.

Best one so far?  TotSpot, by far.  Anyone else find anything that they like?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liene Wed, Apr 14th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

A lot of your questions I don’t have answers for, but as for “Are baby blogs only interesting to their parents?” — I believe I want kids someday, that day is not ANYWHERE close, and I am fascinated by baby blogs done by people who are not insane. And you two are not insane. And I am so excited to meet Axelrod on the internet, and I haven’t even met his mom in real life.

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2 Esther Fri, Apr 16th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thanks! We are excited to meet our Axelrod, too! And excited to keep trying to not be insane. Fingers are crossed in the insanity department…

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3 Betsy Fri, Apr 16th, 2010 at 8:47 am

Just wanted to say thanks for this blog. My baby boy is due May 10, and I’ve been reading since around Week 13. I don’t much enjoy blogging myself, but I’m glad there are others who do. Good luck with everything; it’s getting down to the wire now.

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4 Esther Fri, Apr 16th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Thanks, Betsy! Here’s hoping these last weeks go smoothly for the both of us!

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5 Lindsey Baker Mon, Apr 19th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I think we are pretty open with our information but filter it down where appropriate. We send everything to immediate family (photos, growth charts, exc.), a blog of photos and projects for anyone else who wants it, and twitters and facebook updates linking to the blog posts about fun or cute things we think (hope) anyone can enjoy. I think you’re find out pretty quickly that family, friends, and other patents will attach themselves to the information and for others, it wont be on their radar.

I had a hard time deciding on a blog but I’ve settled on posterous. I like the convenience of being able to send the family an email and have is blogged at the same time by BCCing posterous. As for the backup I’m not sure, it’s something I’m thinking about as well so if you find anything let me know.

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6 Heather Mon, Apr 19th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Hello Ester,

As a mother and an avid reader of blogs, I don’t have all the answers to all your questions. What I can offer you as a mother of 4 is I enjoy other parenting blogs because they keep me informed, help me explore the parenting territory of others with somewhat similar interests and ultimately connect with and normalize my parenting blunders. I would love for you to keep blogging on this next phase of your journey.

Best Wishes!
Heather K

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7 Debra C Fri, Apr 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 pm

First, baby blogs are interesting to more than just their parents. It just depends on what else you have going on. I read the baby blog of my friend and co-ML for NaNoWriMo. I also read the blogs of homeschooling parents because that is a journey that I hope to begin traveling (preschool starts in the fall). And then I also just like reading about the children and family of people that I find interesting.

Second, I’ve bounced around a little with the baby blogging thing. Right now, I’m sticking with putting everyday pictures up on Facebook and then I have a Shutterfly share site for less frequent updates. I started out with a Windows Live member site because I liked their privacy options, but my dad couldn’t figure out how to access it, so there went that idea. I just make sure that pictures of my daughter are flagged for Friends of Friends on facebook so that only people I know can see it, and people they know can see it, but out any further than that and I get nervous.

Overall, though, I’m not overly private about my daughter. Some people only call their children by their first initial, but I’ve always called my husband and daughter by their full name in my blog. Hopefully, someday this will not come back to bite me.

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8 Alex Sat, Apr 24th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Can’t wait to hear what you settled on for documentation.

a

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9 Esther Sat, Apr 24th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Have you found anything worth looking into?

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