The New York Times declared her to be “Queen Of The Mommy Bloggers,” but it’s been fully a decade since Heather Armstrong started her blog, Dooce, lost her job because of it, and embraced not without difficulty motherhood — all in public view.
MOMMY BLOGS AND “TMI” (Too much information)
Are too many kids making guest appearances on their mommy’s blog, on instagrams or on Facebook pages?
I find this a serious question and somewhat of a dilemma.
As to what is the right answer, I am stumped.
How much is too much when it comes to exposing our personal life in photos and words online?
….Children are appearing in droves on social media. These appearances will be visible forever and ever…and it is not the fairytale forever and ever where all live happily ever after.
Blogs by moms are so popular especially if they are authentic and share honest feelings about motherhood…all that is good…all that is bad and even at times down right ugly. Sometimes the bad and the ugly win out when it comes to viewership which is what counts if you want to entice brands to advertise on your site and actually profit from your work.
Is this not a type of exploitation of our children? And is it all bad?
I love photos and children’s photos are so innocent and beautiful without being posed…so why not share them? But do you ever wonder as I do, who actually is viewing your photos?
How tight should our boundaries be??? Should we be reconsidering how much we discuss our children online? Are there situations and anecdotes that do not belong on line in a blog?
A seasoned writer, whom I respect, recently said to me, “This generation is not afraid of the internet as our generation is and they are not as concerned with overall privacy“.
I struggle with privacy and boundaries whenever I write about family and children. Literally, I have thousands of photos uploaded from which I could draw, but I find myself searching “Flickr’s Creative Commons” for an appropriate picture.
I love reading the “Mommy Blogs“…many of them are so beautifully and sincerely written and when photos are included it just adds to their overall beauty and authenticity.
The questions that I have about our children’s privacy are important ones in my eyes. They are influenced by my social worker lens from which I view kids and boundaries.
I hope that you can help answer some of my questions and that my blog is a good balance of what I can share and what I feel is too personal to print.