Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Posting Pictures on Your Blog

Well, everything is pretty much back to normal today. All the kids are back in school. My seven year old was still hoping to be sick today. He asked me what would happen if he wakes up sick. I told him it won't happen. What's to hate in 1rst grade? It's sad.

I know there are many of you who post pictures of yourselves and your families on your blog. I haven't done that, yet. I guess it just worries me a little. I think about doing it, but just haven't done it. I enjoy looking at everyone's pictures. I like to see what everyone looks like. I enjoy seeing the cute and sometimes funny pictures of your kids. It also makes me feel like I know these people a little better when I can picture what you look like.

I think one of the reasons I haven't posted my pictures is because when I first started my blog, I was afraid someone I knew would see it. Now, after reading so many other blogs, I realize there are a lot of people like out there like me. I don't care anymore who sees my blog. Last night a good friend of mine, who I don't get a chance to see enough, called me and told me she found my blog. "Oh, uh, you did?" She said she loved it and that it's a great way for her to keep in touch with what's going on with my family. I'm glad she liked it! But then I told her that now I'm going to have to make sure I don't post something bad about her! (jk, jk)

This past weekend I emailed an old friend of mine, a former ballet dancer now turned opera singing cousin (yes I'm talking about you). I mentioned that I'm now blogging and he said he wanted to see it. My mom said it's a little personal, like when I mentioned what my 3 year old put in her underwear. I don't care. I don't think he'll be offended by hearing my "girl" stories. Besides, I'm glad he'll get a chance to learn what's going on in my life. We use to be such good friends. When our families would visit from out of town, we would stay up all night talking about the facts of life. Now we lead such different lives. He moved away from his hometown to become an opera singer in NYC. I live just a couple minutes from where I grew up, and am a stay at home mom to 4 kids.

One blogger recently questioned if other bloggers thought they would be friends with the people they have met online. I didn't comment, but have thought about that question a lot lately. I think that's the best thing about blogging. It gives you the chance to talk to people that you may never have the chance to in real life. You can talk to people all over the world. You get to know about someone else without judging everything about them. Sometimes it's hard to get to know people in real life just because of how they look. For example, I once had a job where my boss looked SO mean. She never smiled or joked. Because we worked right next to each other, it forced me to get to know her. I found out she wasn't mean at all. She was just unhappy at the moment with her life. She was extremely patient and always asked me questions about myself. Also, did you ever meet someone that looked like a nice person and at thought they were someone you would want to become friends with, only to discover later that they weren't as nice as they looked?

Well this is why I love blogging. I love reading other people's blogs and reading the comments I get! Maybe someday I'll post some pictures of my family.


Anonymous said...

I understand what you are saying....really. I'm a new blogger and I haven't posted any pictures of me or my family. I don't know that I will. Also, none of my friends know that I have a blog...yet.

Kitty said...

My daughter went through a phase of hating going to school. She used to say 'what if I'm sick?' I'd say 'if you are, I'll give you £100' ... she went, just to see if she could win the bet, but she never has ;-)

(I don't post pictures of my family either).

Irene said...

As you know, I do post pictures. I was, and still am, a little nervous, but I, like you, I really like blogs with pictures. I feel like I know those people better.

It is a tough call, since so many of my posts are about my kids, I think adding pictures makes it more interesting.

Zoe said...

i debated putting pics on my blog for a while...but i'm glad i did. i love looking at other peoples pics! my son gave my mom my blog address and i was not amused. now i feel like i have to censor myself. ugg

Amy said...

I'm so glad you and your family are feeling better. It's funny, I've posted pictures from day 1 and never thought twice about it, But I do understand where you're coming from. Interesting perspective...

Bia said...

I'm relatively new to blogging, and in the beginning I tried, was in fact very conscientious, not to leak any personal information (names, location, etc.) HOWEVER, on my SECOND post my Mom, with all her Italian enthusiam, wrote a comment mentioning my name. And slowly, the more comments she leaves, more and more information gets out there. She doesn't get the whole anonymous thing at all! God bless!

Suprina said...

My family doesn't 'get' why I blog. I have sent them the links...but they never look....oh well.
I love looking at blogs with pictures of family members. However, I can understand why some bloggers will not post pictures.
I really debated about posting my kids pictures.
I really got a scare 2 weeks ago...my abusive ex-husband found me through my buying id on eBay. He messaged me through my ebay account trying to 'make nice' and tell me how happy he was for me. He found me and there is NOTHING on that ebay ID with me around.
So I have come to the conclusion pictures or not...if people want to find you they can with or without pictures.

BTW, nothing came of the X contacting me.
I didn't reply back to him....didn't want to feed into his wording...

But it did catch me off guard...it has been over 14 years since I had even spoke with him....I was only married to the jerk for 2 months.

Anyway, I post pictures of my husband and kids but never of myself. I am weird like that...LOL

suburbancorrespondent said...

My husband works with a lot of law enforcement folks (FBI, etc) who would never, in a million years, post or allow their families to post personal pictures on their blogs (if the blogs are public). It's not a good idea. (I can give you details if you e-mail me.) You should use pseudonyms, also. That's the only way my husband let me do the blog thing. And you should always assume that everyone you know will read what you write, and keep it nice. The Yarn Harlot has a good post about that (something about realizing that blogging is the same as being at a large party at someone's livingroom and everyone you're blogging about is there). I can find it for you if you like!

Mary said...

I think that if people want to find you and know stuff about you they will. Maybe my blog makes it easier, maybe not. Nothing is a secret on the internet, nothing!
Any way, some of my family reads my blog, some don't. Some of them love it and call and tell me so. Some of my friends read it too and love that I do it. They are the friends I don't see all that often. I don't tell everyone. But if it comes up, it comes up :) I definitely try not to speak badly of anyone on there. There are lots of things that I won't blog about. I do it for fun and for documenting the memories :)