Emily Bazelon, a Senior Editor of Slate.com recently wrote the following piece about writing about her children. As someone who tells stories about my kids, and posts pictures of them, I was interested in her thoughts about privacy, embarassment and the question of age. She also discuss the spat between dad blogger Neal Pollock and Gawker over cheese.
My 8-year-old son, Eli, recently tried to Google himself. We’d been looking up facts, and he liked the idea of finding himself out there in the ether. When nothing about him came up, he was disappointed. I was relieved. I don’t hide the pieces I write from him, but I don’t really want him to think of himself as a Google hit magnet, either. It’s one thing to know your mother writes about you sometimes; it’s another to revel in your own notoriety, however small.