I just uploaded photos to my Facebook profile for the first time ever (besides my profile pic).
Before I did, I resized them so they wouldn’t be huge (and steal-able).
You’ve probably also noticed that I re-size photos here on my blog. I also watermark them. And I don’t use my girls’ real names.
I can’t decide if I’m paranoid or playing it safe.
Often, I look at Erin’s STUNNING Flickr stream and I have a sudden urge to create one and to make it public, sharing the magic of our lives in full color and resolution.
Or I read Steph’s posts and feel connected to her kids because I know each of their faces and names (not in a weird way, just because I’ve been reading her blog for…hmmm…over four years now?).
I get frustrated when I write sometimes because I want to say my girls’ names instead of “my-4-year-old” or “my 1.5-year-old.” [Maybe I will reveal their names someday. I go back-and-forth.].
I worry a little bit about “bad guys” (as my 4-year-old would say). I also worry a little bit that someone will steal my photos and put them on their blog or in an ad or in a magazine (because CLEARLY they’re the best-looking kids in the world).
Mostly, however, I worry about their privacy. I think about when they grow up. Will they be pleased to see these stories here and their photos splashed across the Internet for all the world to see? (I actually think the answer is “YES” because I would have loved it if my mom had chronicled my childhood – what a gift to be able to read her most intimate thoughts about motherhood, about life, about ME!).
Still, I don’t want to presume. I also am not sure if I would feel comfortable with someone being able to google my kid’s first and last name…and come up with a thousand images.
On the other hand, this is a BRAVE NEW WORLD. It seems like most everyone 20 and younger puts photos and videos and stories all over the web, freely (even un-flattering pictures). So perhaps my girls won’t mind at all. Maybe they’ll cherish my Flickr account. Maybe they’ll be glad I wrote about them (even with their real names), with discretion and tenderness.
Over four years of blogging and I still haven’t figured this out.
Do you upload photos to Facebook (If so, do you resize them)? Do you have a Flickr account (If so, is it public)? Do you use your kids real names on your blog (and what led you to that decision)?