Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Survey Says...

A few answers to a few questions posted by Zoot. Before I answer, let me state that I don't necessarily consider myself a "mommyblogger". I mean, I am a mom, and I do occasionally blog, but I don't just blog about my kids - though I have been posting more about them and less about Tbilisi in recent months. But that's just because my kids are so damn interesting and cute. So, anyway, on to the questions:

1. Do your kids know about your blog? If they're too young to know, do you plan to keep it open to them as they get older?
At ages 4 and 6 months, I don't think they have any clue about what a blog is. Yes, I plan on continuing to blog and yes, I will keep it open to the kiddos. I think it will be neat for them to be able to read about the different places we have lived and the cool things we did in those places.

2a. If so - do you worry they may get embarrassed later? What would you do if they asked you to stop writing about them? What would you do if they wanted you to take it down all together?
I don't think they would be embarrassed, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.

2b. If not, what are you doing to make sure they never find it? What if they do find it?
I hope they do find it someday.

3. Do you think our kids will appreciate the archive of their childhood? Do you wish your parents had done the same?
I hope they do. I am better at keeping track of milestones, funny moments and other bits of childhood ups and down on my blog than I am at updating the baby books or scrapbooks. Heh. Scrapbooks. As for my parents, I can't really say that I wish they had done the same since the internet wasn't around. My grandma journals old-school with pen and paper and she starts a new one each year. I find them fascinating, even though there are some days where she just notes who came to visit and what the weather was like.

4. Do you go back and re-read your past parenting milestones? Do you realize you forgot a lot?
Sometimes I do go back and read and marvel that I am still sane - especially after the international pregnant travel with a child covered in hives. I haven't forgotten much. Yet. But I'm sure I will. I have only so much room in my exhausted brain.

5. What about your children's friends/teachers/moms-of-friends? What if they found your blog? Do you tell your child not to tell anyone about it or are they free to talk about it? Do you worry their teachers or other parents will think it's weird?
I'm pretty circumspect with regard to what I blog about. I initially started the blog so that friends and family could keep up with what was happening with us since we are so far from "home" (in quotes because the reality is my home is here with my husband and children. The US is now just a place I used to live). The blog was a way to update everyone without having to send out a bajillion emails every week, but is has slowly morphed into more than that. It's really more of an online journal - one that is sometimes not updated regularly enough - but if you would care to come hold my daughter (provided she doesn't scream at being taken from her mother's arms) while I type, I would get right on that.

And on a completely different note, I find it hysterical that blogger's spellcheck doesn't recognize the word "blog".


At 8/01/2006 6:59 AM, Blogger Zoot said...

I know that at some point in school LilZ had mentioned my blog to his teacher for some reason or another. And I became a little worried because at the time I was writing a lot about my boobsweat during pregnancy and thought, "Great. She'll love me now." hehe. It is those entries that make me a little nervous about who he tells about it. Big picture? I don't care, I just hope whoever finds it reads more than the one entry on the front page. Especially if that entry is about my boobsweat. hehe.


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