When it comes to the web, my wife and I are polar opposites.
I’m a long time blogger and have always been heavily involved with social media. She on the other hand isn’t even on Facebook.
Yesterday, while walking past Lincoln Center on our way to a movie, my wife said, “When he gets older do you plan on sharing fewer photos online?”
I’m not posting 100 photos a day of our son online or anything crazy like that. I’ve shared some to a closed group of friends on Facebook and on a couple social channels for my business. You may also notice that no where in this post have I used his name.
My wife’s comment struck a bit of a chord with me for two reasons.
1. Blogging is a creative platform for me and, in some ways, it’s a therapeutic release. The idea of not blogging about my adventures of being a new dad just seems completely uncharacteristic for me.
2. My dad was pretty absent from my childhood — read, never around — and I never in a million years want to be that type of dad. Blogging and sharing content online is just one of many ways I want to be involved with my son.
At the same time, I don’t want to put his safety at risk or anything along those lines, which I think is my wife’s primary concern. I’m totally on board with that.
As my blogging continues I’m sure this subject will come up time and time again and that we will both have to compromise when it comes to our approach.
When our son gets older my assumption is that he will have a bigger voice about his involvement in things such as this blog. At the same time, I’m fully going to reserve the right to be a proud parent!
Speaking of being a proud parent, I spontaneously took out my SLR (fancy camera) over the weekend and snapped a few shots of our little guy.
In this photo he was propped up inside one of those c-shaped breastfeeding pillows and kept making all sorts of faces.
On another occasion I found myself in our bedroom and needed a couple free hands to try and figure out a new stroller that seemed to be getting the best of me.
I plopped him down on the bed and didn’t think for a second that he was going to be OK with me doing so… but to my surprise he was a happy little guy!
These little smiles are happiness gold.
As mom and I figure out how to navigate the web as a team, I look forward to capturing these great moments and sharing them when, and however, we decide is appropriate.