This is a tricky post to write because I'm so super proud of my girls but I'm also sad too.
When I first started blogging back in 2005 I knew at one point I would stop having a focus on them as they grew older and would no longer share the details of them growing up. I didn't have a definite time line on when and Richard and I have discussed it plenty of times. I'm always conscious of what I write - I never want them to go back and have things that may cause them grief written publicly. Though there was the time when they drew on the walls! And when they used to only wear Dorothy the Dinosaur :)
I also figured there would be a time when they wouldn't want me to take photos and tell stories about them. That hasn't happened yet (thank goodness).
They love a good photo shoot and have many of the same likes as me. When I am exclaiming over a fun new DIY I have seen they are usually right beside me saying cool let's try that. They have always had an avid interest in my blog and what I write. We have noticed some other girls about the same age start their own blogs and have their own instagram accounts and they have been pestering me about it.
I have resisted because I didn't want to share my computer LOL. But the other day Mel shared her new blog for Bella with me that the very clever Emily Wind created. I knew if I showed the girls that the pestering would never end so it was a conscious decision to do so.
They of course loved it and wanted to get started straight away. It's been quite a few late nights discussing and reading others and talking about what they want and the things they'd like to share. I have been surprised by how much they already know. Working in high schools I see too often the issues around social media not being used responsibly and not being understood by some younger people. Clearly its here to stay and I believe that part of my responsibility is to teach them how to use it properly. We have had lots of chats about copying things and how it's important to put your own ideas to things. It's been really fun actually.
The girls skyped with Emily last night - they wanted to know what she thought about bad comments or if people were mean. She is a wise soul and told them just to be true to themselves and to not worry about what anyone else thinks. Mind you I had given the same advice and still they wanted to ask Emily. Sigh.
So anyhow they are now up and running and no doubt will share the links with their friends at school. No they aren't doing facebook but I have created a fan page for them which I will load the links to and let them know if there are any comments.
While there will still be plenty of mentions of them over here - the main stories will happen on the Twice as Nice blog - told by the terrific twosome. Their blog has turned out so cute Emily is very clever and the girls loved the creative process behind it.
If you have tweens in your house who might like to read the girls adventures we would love it if you would send them over that way.
It's more happy than sad.