I’ve been quiet for awhile because I have been trying to figure out what to do with this blog. You may recall that I started it ‘long ago’, back in April 2011, when we were expecting…and just barely! I was three months pregnant when we started this blog to share our progress with friends and family around the world.
This blog has served its purpose well. Our tribe has been able to follow our wanderings and missteps and everything in between. Along the way, we’ve picked up some followers. I don’t actually know any of these folks (although they sometimes send nice notes or polite messages) but I now know that there are people that I don’t know who are reading this blog, our blog, my blog. (Maybe now is good time to explain the way WordPress works: you can have limited blog, with few subscribers for free — and my actual ‘blood’ family exceeds the number of free subscribers, not even counting all the in-laws! — or you can go public and have unlimited readers with no password required. I chose the latter.)
Lately I have been wondering about things like ‘privacy’. I am much more concerned about my child’s privacy than my own. It’s not like I have the consent of my child to post all these pics of her. What if she grows up and prefers that her entire childhood hadn’t been broadcast out into the great, wide inter webs? What if she would rather have had more control over the amount of facial recognition data that available on her? What if she doesn’t want future friends/professors/employers to be able to easily find every little detail about her life? This is a fascinating topic that I think many people take for granted in our super-connected, social media world. If you’re interested in more in depth discussion and pontification, see bottom of this post for links.)
So what to do with all that? Shall I pull in my (our) parts and hide in my shell? Oh, wait, I’ve already laid it all out there, like a soft and exposed underbelly.
Shall I shut the whole thing down? But that seems lame and for some reason, I don’t want to go that route. I’ve spent a lot of time and energy on this blog.
I could make it ‘password only’ but that would make access difficult for some friends and family.
I’ve decided to keep this blog right here. Just like it has been. I am going to write more (because it is better than yoga or therapy). I’m also going to share more product reviews, more how-to’s, and I’m even writing my first eBook!
Here is what will change: I am going to shift the focal point of One Moore In The Oven away from our child and back to my life as a parent. Scroll up to the top of this page now and read the byline: Reflections on growing a person. That means my reflections, my perspective. Despite this shift, I think most of you won’t even notice the difference. Perhaps not surprisingly, the most popular posts I’ve written here are those with more commentary on parenting and all the related issues (as opposed the photo-updates). The main thing is that One Moore In The Oven will stay right here, almost the same as it ever was.
Of course, I will continue to document details of this simultaneously miraculous and mundane process of childhood and make (some of) them available to close friends and family. [FRIENDS/FAMILY TAKE NOTE: If you would like to see more details, get in touch with me to find out how to do that.] I just won’t be including as many pics of our daughter here, and definitely avoiding full/direct face photos.
Now, if you have stuck with me this far, congratulations! We now continue with a summary of late summer/fall pics to bring us almost up to the present moment of our current cold winter:
Interested in more details about our children’s privacy? Check out some of these links:
- Why I Am Retiring My Daughter From Social Media
- We Post Nothing About Our Daughter Online
- Give Your Children a Chance at Privacy
- Be Mindful of Sharing Because Toddlers Grow Up
Thanks for reading One Moore In The Oven and for giving me a reason to write. Hope you stick around for some of the cool things coming up.