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What Do Mom Bloggers Do When the Kids Get Hip to the Game?

By justicefergie |

My oldest child recently turned 7 years old and is very much in tune with her mother’s affinity for the Internet.  She’s into playing games and watching videos on YouTube on her own laptop and Skyping with Grandma or making pretend vlogs with her webcam.  The thing about her being so aware of the sharing aspect of computing is that she is keenly aware that Mommy posts things about her and her siblings online.

Oh my, when did this happen?

When I started blogging 5 years ago, it was in typical “mommy blog” (sorry Susan!) fashion: cute photos of my kids, cute anecdotes about my kids, activities that I did with my kids – you get the picture.  Over time, as I came to find my blogging voice, I realized that my blog content shifted to be less about my kids and more about me as a parent balancing all that comes with the job, and about my interests.  So instead of writing about the birthday party that my kid was invited to, I may have written instead about how hectic it was for me to get everyone there on time, with a gift and dressed in a presentable fashion.  My posts were becoming increasingly more about my challenges and triumphs as “Mom” rather than what milestone Giggles may have reached that month.  And that was ok with me.  In fact, it felt more like “me.”

Of course, I still want to be able to share photos and stories and updates with family and friends, so naturally Facebook is the way to go.  I Facebook photos all the time – to the point where now Chatterbox runs and hides when I whip out my smartphone to snap a shot.  I am constantly hit with a: “Come on Mom! Are you gonna put that on FACEBOOK?” To which I think “Duh. Of course.” But I only say “Maybe. Why? Don’t you want Grandma to see it?” And I wonder – am I making my kids apprehensive of the simple joy of smiling for a pic? When did that happen?  Am I a paparazzi in my own home?

And does this mean the time has come to stop blogging about them? When did that happen?

And so I ask: WHAT DOES A MOM BLOGGER DO WHEN HER FODDER IS OFF LIMITS?

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Stacey Ferguson is an avid veteran blogger and tech attorney by trade. She was a contributing tech writer for Babble. Today she inspires her readers to celebrate the everyday on JusticeFergie.com. Stacey is a wife and mother of 3 residing in the DC Metro Area. Read bio and latest posts → Read Stacey's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “What Do Mom Bloggers Do When the Kids Get Hip to the Game?

  1. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) says:

    I think that kids aging is a big risk factor in branding yourself longterm as a “mommy blogger”… that’s actually another reason I think that term “mommy blogger” is more limiting than “mom blogger”. “Mommy” tends to mean that your children are young and as much as we often wish our cute little munchkins wouldn’t age, they do!

    You can still be a “mom blogger” and not have your blog be based entirely on your kids.

    So, overall I’d take your kids aging as an opportunity to move on to new topics.

  2. Laila @OnlyLaila says:

    Good question! My son is 4 and sometimes runs when I pull out my camera,lol. I think it is important to respect their privacy at all times, regardless of age. I have stopped using my son’s name and have thought about eliminating all pictures of him. He has a right to privacy, even if he can’t voice it now.

  3. Cat Davis says:

    In the past year or so I’ve become very aware of what I share about my children. What was once cute to share about a toddler is just plain embarrassing for 10 year old, which is why I rarely talk about my oldest child. His life is becoming his own and for me, that means respecting his privacy. If he wants to share about his life, I’ll help him set up a blog in a few years.

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