Since the birth of my daughter I have been looking for the most optimum way of sharing events and photos in her life with my family. But I am struggling to finding a blog tool that fulfils all my requirements.
Currently I am using a mixture of email, Dropbox, Picasa and Facebook, plus the odd post on Twitter, Flickr and Google+. This is however a mess for family to keep up with, and I would like a chronological order of all posts about her, like a baby photo album of old.
My requirements are:
- All or most posts & photos are private not public
- Can upload a lot of photos
- Can post the odd status (eg first tooth, steps, weight etc)
- Will be around for quite a while.
My deductions so far:
Google+ has nice features. The Circles is a great way of restricting access. The Picasa integration for photos is excellent. However Google plus is a non starter as you cannot create an account for a minor, I don't think you can create multiple accounts, and I do not want to mix my own unrelated posts with hers.
Facebook is an alternative. The new timeline does browse nicely. But probably not allowed to create an account for 0 year old...
Picasa is a great online photo album for bulk private photos. But photos & videos only. I used to run my own Coppermine, but prefer a hosted service. Again photos only. Same for Dropbox.
A private Blogger blog is possibly a solution. Not sure how it does it with loads of photos per post. But will google kill it soon and merge it with google+?
The problem with Google+ & Facebook etc is to convince my relatives to create accounts. My mum is very anti FB etc... Sending a direct private link is usually the easier solution.