I started my blog to chronicle my experiences with infertility, and when I finally – more than two years later – gave birth to my daughter, I knew I would share plenty about being her mother, but I also knew that I would share HER with my readers. After all, they’d held my hand through two years of hell, so I didn’t want to deny them the opportunity to watch Tori grow up.
Tori is part of what Charlie Capen has coined “The Blogged Generation” over at How to Be a Dad. She’s attended blogging conferences where adults she’s never met squeal at seeing her and sweep her up into hugs because they’ve gotten to know her on my blog.
But, as Charlie points out, it’s not just the bloggers of children that get this kind of high exposure; thanks to digital camera – taking the expense out of photography – and now, of course, the complete proliferation of smart phones, children are photographed more than ever before.
And of course, those photos are shared more than ever before on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and more. One of the biggest worries that critics of the parent blogging community have is that we overshare our children, potentially causing them future harm.
I love what Charlie says here:
There are so many styles of shared broadcasting these days. Our friends showcase a genre of “performance art” in the form of updates to social networks like Twitter and Facebook all the time and mainly about their kids. We can finger through the digital filing cabinets of platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Flickr for media evidence of those stories. The Internet seems to be a mile wide and an inch deep intellectually, but these stories remain immortal. Whether you’re a blogger or just a chronic over-sharer of baby photos, you are crafting a story that people will find even if they become digital archaeology.
Personally, as my daughter grows up, I share her less – and what I do share she actually requests that I post (for the most part, anyway). She also has veto power over what I share about her. But I think what I’m sharing about her won’t even come close to what she’ll share about herself when I finally let her on social media.
What do you think? Read Charlie’s whole post, it’s quite insightful. I’d love to hear your thoughts.