Blogging (or not) with Older Kids

I started blogging when blogging was brand new. Before blogging software was around, even.

When I had my boys, I had already been blogging for several years. Started with marathon training, then was health-focused for a while, then wedding planning, and well, you know what comes next…a (triple) baby carriage.

I had my kids just in time for a big blogging boom. Every pregnant mom I met had a blog in 2007. Blogging was the thing to do. (Facebook was barely a blip and Instagram was but a dream.) But we never really considered what would happen when our kids got older. Most people just stopped blogging after a few years, but I haven’t stopped yet (19 years last month!)

I posted a little when the boys were babies (it may come as no surprise that triplet infants are kind of a lot of work) but a lot when they became toddlers. Not just monthly pictures, but daily photos. I kept that up for three years straight! And as they got older, I kept blogging. Maybe not daily, but certainly every few days. I can’t say I documented everything (ask me when one of them lost their first tooth and you’ll get a blank stare) but I documented a lot.

That continued pretty much unabated until the end of 2018 when I had a sabbatical from work. (Not coincidentally, I work for the company behind WordPress, the most popular blogging software out there, and what this very site runs on!) As it turns out, when you don’t have to sit in front of a computer all day, you don’t want to sit in front of a computer ever. So blogging slowed way down.

First day of school, documented!

By the time I went back to work, the boys were 11 and knew how to google. Worse, their friends knew how to google. Actually, I found it endearing that some of their friends followed my blog. (It’s always been pretty family-friendly. My mom reads it, after all!) But when their friends started finding (what I considered extremely) cute photos of the boys as toddlers, they put their collective feet down.

So now my Instagram photos of them have to be approved (and so few are, which is why I mostly post pics of my dog) and I try to keep in mind that anything I post, even on my blog, can be read by anyone.

Fortunately, they still (very reluctantly) pose for their monthly pictures, and the photos I took at their soccer games (back in the good ol’ days) are fair game. But if I want to keep blogging, I’m going to have to figure out a new topic.

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My name is Pam, and I live in Algiers Point with my husband George and my identical triplets Linus, Oliver, and Miles. I work from home as a Happiness Engineer for Automattic. I enjoy reading and photography and sewing (and blogging!)

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