Hmmm. I think I disagree with the gist of this post. I post pix of my boys on a fairly regular basis, maybe a couple of times a month, depending on how adorable they happen to be or whether I remembered to bring the camera along.
The idea of posting pictures in itself isn't bad, and if someone posts in lieu of having anything better to day and people still visit, I can't really see how that's a problem either.
I do admit that bathtub pix of little girls make me cringe. It's a double standard, I guess, cuz I don't feel so worried about my boys. But, I wouldn't expose their bits, either.
I think text can be even more revealing than pix. That's the part that worries me. When do I stop owning the right to tell their stories?
Well, I would start by asking "when did you ever acquire the right to tell their stories?" I find this idea that they're young so it's all okay, which I've seen put forth by many Mummy bloggers including Dooce, rather wrong headed to say the least.
I think the question you need to ask is: who am I doing this for? If you're doing it for you or even partly for you, fine, but BE HONEST about it and be prepared that your children might not appreciate it.
After all, how would you feel if someone posted several pictures of you a month without your permission? If it was great art, I might be okay with it, but if it was someone trying to get a book deal on the back of my pics, I would, at the very least, want a cut of the proceeds.
I agree with you that text can be just as invasive as photos, which is why there are a lot of things and people I don't write about. Of course none of this is to say that family members or others should have the right to veto everything displeasing that is written about them. In may cases, there is indeed a public "right to know" and, of course, a lot of the great characters in literature are based on real people who were, no doubt, very unhappy with their fictional representations. If the writers can live with that and deal with the consequences then I'm certainly okay with it too.
In the case of many Mummy blogs though I'm not sure the product created is worth the violation of privacy although for all I know, the kids may grow up not to care in the slightest. That's the part that remains to be seen.
And just one more point for the week when Britney shaved her head in her latest episode of self destruction, perhaps it's not a bad idea to reflect on what the glare of publicity can do to young children.