Back In The Day...
When my kids were born, we shot video and took pictures and if you were like me, you still have a lot of the rolls of film still laying around, undeveloped. I still have VCR tapes labeled "Jordan First Food" or "Josh Walking." Unfortunately, I have nothing to play them on and although I can find a VCR, hook it to a converter and create a digital copy, let's just say.... it hasn't happened yet.
To Share, You Had to Touch!
In addition, if I wanted to share my favorite moments with my kids' grandparents, they needed to be sitting next to me on my couch as we flipped through the scrapbook (which, by the way, stopped accumulating items when my oldest was 5 and my youngest was 2). They are now 18 and 15 and although I still accumulate the "stuff" I just don't glue it anywhere.
Today's moms and dads have so many easy and free tools out there for them to share their children's world. There's Blogger, Flickr, BabyGrapevine, Albelli, Respectance, and StoryofmyLife, to name just a few.
My cousin, Nicole, created this blog for her son, Tanner, when he was born. She posts periodically and usually includes photos or some videos she "threw together" using iMovie. As a blogger, she's not concerned with traffic or comments or her Technorati ranking. Her readership is her family and friends and Tanner's little buddies.
Later on, it will be Tanner and his wife, kids and friends who will benefit from seeing his history played out, as a permanent record, on Blogger. What a nice gift his parents are building for him today!
I'm interested in how other young families are using Web 2.0 tools in their family circles. Do you have a story to share?
Even though you don't know Tanner, this video will make you smile! Check it out. Here's Tanner's progression towards taking his first steps.