Seriously. This is what I always think, as I’m reading the funny things your kids say. And I do mean the stories, as well as the actual pictures, since there’s something so immediate about blogging. And something so universal about the concrete details of a child’s life. And something so political about the fact you write about it parenting like it matters. And yes, you have the cutest, most adorable kid(s) in the world. And you write so cleverly about it. And it’s charming how you do so repeatedly and we get a peek at how this child is growing up.
uh, what if you develop a fanbase?
I’ve got one of those adorable kids. One of those kids that can hear her name mentioned three blocks away, or hear any word with a long A in it. “What are you saying about me?!!” she says. I had to stop blogging about my kids early on. One didn’t want me talking about her, but would have died of jealousy if I talked about any of the others. So, I think the window when you can blog about your kids is relatively small. And maybe it should be.
Haven’t you noticed that Moms Who Blog have young children well under age 8, or children off at college? Not much in between. In many ways, we are a hard group to get to know, though I would dearly love to hear more of what we’d have to say.
So, where did the moms of young literate children go? Well, in between getting more sleep than you and driving carpools, and having life-expectation-breaking experiences we don’t want to discourage you by relaying, we took our blogs private. That’s an easy option at WordPress and Blogger now, and it prevents our children’s classmates from reading our blogs.
Or us moms with reading children are still blogging, but we write about other things. My theory is having some nonparenting life improves my mothering skills, since it’s scotch-taping together my sanity. We could stop looking on our childless friends as potential babysitters (do we do that?) and consider how life-saving it is to have someone relate to you, and you relate to them, as a person instead of someone’s caretaker.
When I have to publish some kid fact or I’ll burst–my kid decided to dress HERSELF as a “Spoiled Brat” for Halloween–sometimes I’ll put it in comments, since comments, at least, are not searchable. What’s your great privacy tip?
And besides, in this age of AnyWho and GoogleEarth, how many of those people in your blog stats can find your street and view by satellite photo whether or not you planted a vegetable garden? If I can figure out your state and last name from your blog, I can sometimes look at the roof over your heads. Do you want me to give it a try–I’ll email you an answer.