I wasn’t too delusional about keeping track of milestones the first time I was pregnant. I knew that I wasn’t a scrapbooking kind of gal as I already had a drawer full of photos and snippets from world adventures that weren’t going anywhere, so I bought a really easy baby book that essentially prompted on what to write – weight, first time rolling over, etc.
In the beginning I was pretty good about adding all the details but I didn’t paste in any of the photos because everything was digital and getting hard copies of my photos was about priority 9,747 when I had a newborn (showering was barely priority 863). So I ended up with a billion photographs on my laptop that I was hesitant to post on Facebook (or other social media) because I didn’t want to fill up my friends’ newsfeeds with pictures of my kid, plus, I didn’t like the idea of his baby pictures floating around like that. So I had some stuff in a traditional format and some in a techy format, but nothing all in one spot that I could really share with anybody.
So, when I heard about Blinkbuggy I thought it was such a great idea.
Not only can you upload, sort, label and share all your images and videos (it imports the date with them too, hallelujah), you can also add milestones, quotes, artwork, you name it. Here’s how they describe it on the site:
“Blinkbuggy is reinventing the “baby book” for today’s parents by taking the spirit of the traditional baby book and combining it with the power of the internet. It is designed to make it easy and fun to not only collect but also connect the countless moments that make up our lives and create meaningful stories, all in one place, so they can be shared today and passed on to the next generation.”
My favourtie thing is how easy and intuitive it is. I’m not great with instructions or tutorial videos and usually just jump right into to things assuming I’ll figure it out along the way and quickly get pissed off because I can’t do something because I’m little Miss Impatient, but I have yet to be stumped on this site. Want to add an image? Change a tag? Delete a caption? Easy.
Plus, you can define the privacy settings for every individual element in your book, so while you may be more than happy to share all your photos with friends and family, the time your son said, “Does grandma have a penis?” might be something you keep to yourself. Unless, of course, grandma’s penis is common knowledge and it wouldn’t be news to anybody – I’ll leave that up to your discretion.
You can have a group of images that you share with your mom’s group; a bunch of photos and artwork that you share with your family; a pregnancy album for you and your husband; or notes and thoughts you just keep to share with your kids one day. You can really go to town with this site – they even have an app so you can snap on the go.
And the best part? It’s free.
Oh, and did I mention you can print it all out in a book? Pregnancy journal. Done! Baby book. Done! Grandma’s Christmas gift for the next seven years. Done! Suck it fancy, Martha Stewart!
It’s a great way to keep track of all of your memories that you can easily (and safely) share and I’m going to be using it from now on to share photos with my family and capture some of the zingers my kids come out with. I would love to know what you thought of it – if you come up with any other creative ways to use it, let me know. You can go to Blinkbuggy and sign up for a free.
This post is a sponsored by Blinkbuggy but I think it’s great and you know I wouldn’t tell you about shit I think is stupid.