Since I have two blogs, both largely about my family, it's safe to say that to some degree, I don't care too much about privacy. I don't think bloggers tend to be private people, and I'm sure not. Ask my friends (and heck, acquaintances), about some of the conversations I start. Ahem.
Anyways, privacy. When it comes to our kids, I believe there needs to be some. Hard to believe, coming from the mom who posted this, but stay with me here...
There's a spectrum, even for blogging moms who are quite public with their kids online. There are bloggers like Ashley Ann (one of the first blogs I ever read and still love to this day!) who post pictures of her children every.single.day, like hundreds of pictures, but she never posts her family's last name of her kid's names. She has little nicknames for them (littlest brother, firecracker, etc). And that's how she keeps things private for her family. Rachel does this too, with her two adopted daughters. Pictures, but not names. There are also bloggers like me, who post about my kids (even hard things), names included. And while you might not think so, there are a lot of things I want to blog about, but hold back, for the reason of privacy.
This came to a head when we were in France. There was a VIP party of Chinese businessmen (complete with body guards!) meeting with the mayor of our teenie tiny small town of Semur-en-Axious the whole time we were there. The town was small enough that we knew about the VIP guests and ran into them several times. The second they saw our kids they got out their cameras and stuck them in my kid's faces. I froze.
For some reason, though I'm okay with posting my own pictures of my own kids on my own blog, the thought of a total stranger taking pictures of my children freaked me out beyond explanation. Brad wanted to understand why, because he thought it was a bit rude of me to say NO! (which I did the second I saw the cameras...sorry guys), and I couldn't really give him an answer. It just didn't feel right. Flaky, eh? But it's all I've got.
Even after Brad explained that it's a totally cultural thing for Chinese people to fawn over white, blue-eyed babies (he spent 2 months in China and had seen this several times), I still felt utterly not okay with it. And I'm thrilled to report that none of them were successful in capturing my babies on camera.
So I'd love to hear your thoughts on the issue.
How do you feel about your kids being in the public eye?
Do you blog about your kids? Post about them on facebook?
Or intentionally hold back?
Is privacy a large or small concern for you?
**please don't think I'm just asking Moms here, I'd love to hear all of your thoughts, as privacy is a concern for everyone.