I've been pondering the past week about my blogging. I suppose most people who blog about their own lives come up against this question some time or another. It's mainly about my children, do I want to expose them and so much of their lives to the big bad world? My Facebook is on private, my Instagram is on private as is my photo storage, but my blog is public.
I do keep our names out of the blog and I have recently taken down photos of the new house. I don't post pictures of other people's children, I try not to post pictures that are intimate or inappropriate.
I suppose someday my children will stop posing, will ask me to stop putting up their photos. And I will respect their wishes, of course. But the internet remembers everything. Will they be upset as adults to see their childhood come up on random searches, will they cringe that they will be able to trace their first steps via the net or that anyone can see photos of themselves acting silly age 3?
I don't know.
This blog was mainly set up for foreign friends and relatives to keep track of our life in Finland. A way for me to share photos and stories of our big adventure. I know other people stumble upon the site. I don't know who they are and how or why they came or if they ever come back. I liked the idea at one point that people would see this site as a guide to living abroad with a family, find it helpful or inspiring. But I have no idea if anyone does.
I don't know how I feel about strangers seeing our lives. Like I said I'm pondering. I still don't know where I stand.
In the meantime, I guess I will continue on, talking to myself and to faceless strangers, sharing our lives. I hope it brightens your day, if only for a moment.