Thursday, July 10, 2008


We have no scrapbooks.
Our memories are all framed
By ones and zeros.

If I remember correctly, I promised a nice, big blog for today. Let's see if we can't make that happen.
There's been one parenthood-related issue that's been rattling around in my head for the past few weeks and I can't seem to come to a conclusion on it. It has nothing to do with what kind of diapers we should use, or what we're going to name the kid. Those answers have come easily, relatively-speaking. This issue is one that faces every new father, and it's not an easy one to deal with. I've already lost several nights of sleep thinking about it. Now that I only have eight weeks left to make a final decision, I'm turning to you for help and insight. Here's the question:
Does the baby get a web page?
A baby web site would be good because it would make the sharing of pictures and videos easier, especially for friends and family members that live outside of Minnesota. It might also be easier to maintain than a physical photo album in this age of digital photography. Let's face it: I have trouble taking a memory stick to Walgreens to print up pictures. That just takes so much time! I can't believe that people used to actually have film developed in the past. Geez! Imagine all of the things they could have been doing instead of that! Like blogging!
On the flip-side of the baby web page issue: it's a web page... for a baby. I'm not certain that I'm ready to take that step. Sure, it seems harmless, but before you know it, I'll have a web page for my dog and cats. And my XBox. And my alternate-universe cousin Bo Jozic. Then I'll have to spend ten hours of each day simply keeping up with updates on the fourteen different pages that I've set up. It's a slippery slope, friends, and I already have trouble writing one blog every day.

So there it is: the dilemma that plagues me. Thoughts? Reactions? Urges to vomit? Have at it.

I should be off. Before I depart, here's Today's Joke:
McCain Economic Adviser Calls US 'A Nation of Whiners'
Former senator Phil Gramm, a top policy adviser of Sen. John McCain's, said the nation is in a "mental recession," not an actual one, and suggested the United States has "become a nation of whiners."
"You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," Gramm said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."
"We have sort of become a nation of whiners. You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy."
Gramm is advising McCain to adopt a different type of economic stimulus package if he takes office. "I told him that if he wins the presidency, he needs to take each and every American over his knee and give them all a good spanking. That'll fix the economy faster than a deficit-inducing tax rebate."
Gramm then stormed out of the room, kicking dirt into the face of an orphan on his way.



Psst! The BNW's hosting a 24-hour improv marathon this Saturday and Sunday. You should check it out. It's for a good cause. Everyone likes a good cause!


Walk | On | Red said...

In answer to your question: yes.

I don't believe a site is necessary, however, a blogspot account would work perfectly.

Jen said...

I say a flickr account, which then you (or the baby) can easily blog about each photo, as need be.

good lord - - I will totally friend your baby on Facebook. ;)

Anonymous said...

My biggest regret as a parent is that I didn't document the first couple of months of my son's life very well. Now that he's 8 and talking about how letters are just symbols and how words convey ideas and hold different connotations to different individuals, it's hard to remember back to when he was unable to walk over and ask for something. My little boy isn't so little anymore, and when I get nostalgic for his baby years, I have little to go by besides my really crappy memory.

I don't think it matters how you document it... blog, site, photos, baby book, voice recording device... what matters is that you do, and do it often. Pick a medium that will be easy for you to update with quick notes and/or pics. And I mean quick, 'cause you wont have time for much else. :)

That said, I recommend wordpress, since it's easy to blog and create pages, and picture uploading is a snap. But that's a personal preference. mostly, just get the information some where that you will be able to look back on it with your child gets an S/O.