I thought this point would happen this time last year, but no. It’s finally happened and it means all the forward planning I’ve done for the first time for the blog needs reassessing. N has told me he doesn’t want photos of himself on the blog or social media. This means a big change in blog focus.
Well, I think it will. I’m still thinking about how it’s going to work without me totally changing what I write about. I set up the blog to journal what we got up to. The ins and outs of parenting when I thought I’d have no idea what I was doing. And more latterly, sharing our adventures and experiences, hopefully providing my readers with options and recommendations for places to visit and to see how another parent deals with parenting trials as they come up.
I don’t want to totally change the blog. I love writing it and I already have another passion I write about on my dance blog. I’m not into interiors, I’m not creative enough to do a crafting blog and don’t have the inclination to do good food photography. I don’t travel enough, and don’t want to write book reviews. So what am I going to do?
The plan at the moment is not to change the topics I write about. I’m still going to be trying to keep up sharing what we’ve been up to, and how things change with boys as they move through school and gradually into tweendom. Sharing our days out. But the one thing that will be changing is the photography.
At the moment N has said no photos. IIt seems to stem from a couple of things. Firstly I posted a photo of him on my personal facebook (probably the first in about a year) that a school friend saw – the mum is a friend of mine – a while back and he asked me to take it down. And then over Christmas, he said his cousins were looking at the blog. It seems he doesn’t want people he knows seeing it and talking about him.
I’m really sad about it because I love taking photos of him and am really proud of some of them. It shows how far my photography has come in the last few years.
For some posts it’s going to be very hard – for days out in particular. I may use symbols to represent N, and of course he may change his mind in future. At the moment, I’m not sure he’ll even allow photos from the back, or just hands or feet shots. So I’ll be trying to work with what he will allow.
It’s going to be a new look to the blog and something I’m going to have to work out so bear with me. I’ll probably share how it’s worked from a blogging perspective and what I’ve learnt in future. I’m sure lots of other bloggers have gone through this as their children have grown up.
But for now, it’s change in mindset, change in photos, and hopefully making N happier.
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