What happens when those children grow up, and how will they feel about the dissemination of their photos across the web, especially in the case of children who became the center of controversies? Are these children going to be comfortable with the fact that personal images and writing about their childhood will be freely available online as they move into their teens and adulthood, there for anyone to find with the help of Google? Some mommy bloggers write anonymously and are highly selective about the photos they choose to use, masking the appearance of their children to protect their privacy, but the layers of internet privacy are often easy to penetrate.

Maintaining family photos and memories of childhood in a journal can be a wonderful tool for mothers — and an amazing experience for adult children who want to look back on their young lives. Exchanging information about parenting can also be powerful for mothers who may feel at sea, and the internet provides a fantastic way to connect with parents who come from a variety of backgrounds to talk about parenting issues. There’s a reason the dismissively-named “mommy blog” phenomenon has become so big, with some of the most profitable private blogs coming from parenting circles: Parents, especially mothers, want to connect.