When we have children we develop the need to share pictures of them with everyone. And we can't help it. They are adorable and deserve to be treasured by our family and friends.
However, in this digital age where we don't need to worry about film costs, the urge to send 100 versions of the same playdate pics to everyone in our address books can be overpowering.
For a list of some simple tips for sharing your lil one's brightest moments and still keep your friends,
- Digital Photo Frames: If your lil one's grandparents, uncles or aunts aren't exactly technologically advanced consider gifting them a digital photo frame. They range in cost from about $100 to $300 and are usually fueled by simple memory sticks you can load up before hand.
- Make a Baby Website or Photo Page: If you are relatively tech savvy yourself, you should create a simple website or blog on a site like TeamSugar where you can upload individual photos, whole albums, videos and share stories. If you missed your baby's birth, start at whatever stage your lil one is in now. This will give friends and family the ability to log on whenever, from wherever and comment.
- Upload All Your Pics to One Photo Community: If you're not ready to create your own site I suggest using photo sites like Flickr, Kodak, Picasa, Shutterfly or Smugmug. The services are free (or offer pro accounts for less than $50 a year) and you can upload your images in a flash. In fact, the services usually offer simple uploading tools that will let you get hundreds of photos online in a matter of minutes. You can then tag them, give them captions and best of all, send the link to your page to everyone you know and demand they add it to their bookmarks. If you're worried about privacy you can create a special "guest list."