I often get asked why I don’t post picture of my kids in my blog posts or on social media for The Dusty Parachute.
It’s hard not to. They are both adorable and do insanely cute and crazy things about 10 time each hour. So why not share this cuteness with the world?
There are several reasons, but the biggest reason is that about two years ago, when my daughter was 7, she walked up behind me as I was posting a picture of her on Facebook and asked “Why is that picture of me on the computer? Shouldn’t I get to decide what happens to my pictures?”
I was floored. She was right.
Since then, I have always asked her permission before posting anything to my personal Facebook account and still worry about it every time I hit “post”. Sure, I want all the grandparents and friends back in Seattle to be able to see all the fun things we’re up to – but what happens in 7 more years if she’s completely mortified to learn that some photo that she agreed to posting when she was 7 years old turns up in her super cool teenage social circles?
When it comes to my The Dusty Parachute blog, I already know that the answer to “why am I posting this?” wouldn’t just be “for the grandparents and friends in Seattle.” It would be for me….for pageviews….for something other than sharing special moments with friends and family. So I don’t do it. (And I’m not saying it’s bad for people who do….I just choose not to.)
This is the most amazing video I have ever seen that demonstrates some other reasons why I don’t include photos of my kids on The Dusty Parachute.
Now the cats…..they’re a totally different story.