Stop, drop and ask yourself should I really be posting this?

Just a quick post today – I’m meant to be working after all, even if the rest of the country is downing ice-cold beer, eating steak and sausages and frolicking at the beach for Australia Day. *sigh* Why did I get into this business again?

Anyway … a good friend of mine introduced me to this blog a couple of months ago and it is one of the funniest parenting blogs out there and a timely reminder to those parents who think it’s perfectly acceptable to overshare on Facebook. It’s called STFU Parents and invites Facebook users to anonymously submit posts by parents who use the social networking site to inappropriately tell all and sundry about their pregnancy/childbirth/parenting experiences. Check it out – it’s hilariously cringeworthy to see what some people deem appropriate. Placenta milkshake anyone?

I recently took a Facebreak and one of the mitigating factors was the overshare. Some people just don’t know when to stop. There’s the girl who constantly posts about her relationship dramas, the guy who is begging for attention with his oh-woe-is-me updates and let’s not forget the expectant mum or newish mum who keeps her friends updated on every flutter, scan*, child’s bowel movement, food allergies, grazed knee etc etc.

I don’t doubt that my incessant self-promotion, posting endless links to various news stories, blogs, YouTube clips and mindless rants don’t irk some of the masses out there but I am very mindful about what I do and don’t post. Some users forget ONCE IT’S ONLINE IT’S THERE FOREVER and what you post isn’t just between you and a couple of mates it’s there for EVERYONE to see.

Now expectant parents I understand you’re excited – I know I am – but do you really think anyone else cares about your bouts of morning sickness, the fact you’re constipated or have gas? No, no they don’t. I’m sorry. It’s time to step away from the keyboard.

Don’t even get me started on the posting of ultrasound photos or the album containing hundred of photos of one-week old Lou-Lou laying in various positions. I get it, you’re over-the-moon you have just created a life, it’s amazing and your bundle of joy is precious but why not pull back a little and just post  a handful of the best photos? Clicking ‘next’ 3000 times is giving your friends RSI.

Here is a question to ask yourselves before hitting ‘post’ – “how would I feel if my parents posted these photos of me and gave me a digital footprint before I even knew what a digital footprint was?” Remember – it will be out there somewhere in cyberspace FOREVER. I doubt cherub-cheeked Lou-Lou is going to be thanking her parents in years to come for posting that photo of her using the potty for the first time. Something to think about.

And on that note – happy Australia Day lovers and have an ice-cold beer for me.

Maternally yours, I-Hope-I-Don’t-End-Up-Being-A-Hypocrite-And-Do-Exactly-What-I’ve-Just-Blogged-About

*I admit I did post about the 20-week scan but only because it was in the public’s interest to know baby Predator will not be cursed with Hobbit-like feet.