Blogging About Your Children, Is It Safe?
I have a confession to make. I almost never blog about my kids on Mom Spark. Have you noticed? Yes, I am a mom blogger who doesn’t blog about her kids. There, I’ve said it.
Truth is, I’ve never felt safe publicly displaying my kids. Sure, I’ve discussed issues like whether to have another child and managing work and parenting, but I rarely get personal. You will not find many photos of my kids here, either. These details are stashed away on my private blog, for my family and close friend’s eyes only.
Part of my hesitation is overall online safety. I like to trust that the internet is completely safe and harmless, but we all know that isn’t true. I am also extremely paranoid. If you worked in Corrections for six years, you’d be paranoid, too. I try to remember that there are good, trusting people online, but nonetheless, I still get that bad feeling in my gut.
The other part is privacy. I like keeping some things to myself. Yes, I am a blogger who likes to keep some elements of my life private. There, I’ve said that, too. In addition to my kids, I also keep my religion, political views, and bra size to myself. If an occasion ever arises where I feel compelled to share such information, I will, but for now, get used to the disappointment.
I have absolutely no qualms with bloggers, including my own contributors, who choose to share intimate details on their blogs, and, honestly, those who doprobably have a more plugged in, captive audience. Let’s face it, we all like to peek into the lives of others, right? Is it safe, though? Does it invade our children’s privacy? Is it responsible? These are questions I often battle with.
I suppose the beauty of mom blogging is that we can each choose what we would like to share, or not share. There are no rules. We can blog about our child’s first day of school, a product review, or share our favorite recipe. It doesn’t matter. We are all still moms who blog, in spite our varied interests, skills, and talents.
I want to hear from you. Do you blog about your children? Do you post photos? If so, do you feel safe doing so?