About a month and a half ago I discovered that someone pinned a picture of Elle on Pinterest. I believe that this was a harmless act and when I asked the person if she would remove Elle’s pictures, she immediately responded with understanding.
After this incident, I’ve started thinking a lot about Public Privacy. Many of you saw the original post where I asked for sage advice, but I still felt conflicted. Over the past several years I’ve shared so much of my life with you and I love posting the monthly updates of the babe’s progress–and of course the pictures. I was undecided on how to proceed until the other day when I happened to check my sitemeter account and noticed someone had clicked on a baby picture from one of the monthly updates. When I refreshed, the person had moved to another update and another picture and so on and so on. This absolutely freaked me out and solidified my decision.
I have set up another blog, which I have made private, where I will copy the monthly update posts and pictures. At this point I’ll still post the updates here, but I’ll leave a link to the private blog. Right now I’m thinking about posting the pictures here and a day later removing them. I know that Google Reader will update the edits, but will other feed readers? I’m not familiar, so please let me know as this might change my decision completely.
I’ll still post other random pictures and have no issues with posting pictures if Scott or I (or someone else) is also in the picture. I think the issue with the monthly updates comes from people specifically googling “Baby XX Months” and happening upon my blog. Otherwise, my blog really is a small one that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. I’m not as afraid of true real life privacy issues (not hard to figure out who I am) as I am about someone else taking my pictures for who knows why. You just never know.
If you are interested in having access to the other blog, you can leave me your email in the comments or email me privately.