My husband and I had a blog years ago, before there was Facebook. We posted pictures on it, shared favorite music, and documented stories about our life together. Then we had Julian and our parents were hungry for pictures, and more updates. We were dutiful and updated frequently for quite a while. Finally, Facebook came along and completely wiped out my motivation to post on that family blog.
When I put my pictures on Facebook, all my friends see them too, and they don’t have to remember to go to our personal site.
Unfortunately, my stepmom is not on Facebook. And neither is my Aunt Allie. And actually, my 29-year old sister has too many other friends to notice my posts. So when I posted my latest Julian rock star video, I forgot that some of his biggest fans were left out.
The grandparents (we have six actively involved ones) take a ton of their own digital pictures, too. Ones that we want to see, because they take our kids camping and on other adventures. And you know how they share them? They send them attached to emails. While it is swell that they know how to make the photo sharing happen, once I file away the email, I never see the pictures again.
Solution? Posterous Groups.
Only one person in the family needs to be involved in the set up of a Posterous group. After I set one up, I just add the other family member’s email addresses. Posterous gives me the address to which any of us can send an email — and then any email you send turns into a simple blog post. Even an email that you forward with 5 pictures attached.
The screenshot above is the result of me forwarding an email I received from my stepmom to the Posterous address. Done.
So now, after Great-Grandma’s 80th bday party and instead of a flurry of emails with photos attached, everyone can send them to the Posterous site where they will result in a series of blog posts with photos embedded. Super simple. A private group blog, via email.
My friend Elaine says that it keeps blogging simple for her because she just shoots off an email with the blog post title as the subject line, and whatever she puts in the email becomes the post. Done and done.
I can also envision setting up a Posterous site for my six-year old with all the stuff we look up online together. His personal site would be his favorite YouTube videos, videos I take of him, photos his grandparents send him, and emails I write him. Currently, he has no single place to look at all that stuff.
My next-door neighbor, a plumber, told me “Posterous is so easy, even I can can do it.”
The folks at Posterous gave me some additional concrete examples for their groups. You can use Posterous Groups to:
- Start an email list for everyone in your moms’ group to share outings, milestones, and photos
- Organize your movie or book club
- Start planning a multi-family summer vacation
So have I piqued your interest? I told you this post is sponsored, right? Anyone who clicks over and starts a Posterous group can be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.
To win: Click over to start a Posterous Group and leave us a comment about how you’ll be using it. We can’t wait to hear all your ideas.
How will I know? I have ways of knowing, my friend, so don’t comment to enter unless you are going to play around with Posterous. (We’ll be validating email addresses.) If you ARE going to give Posterous Groups a go, then please! enter to win! We would LOVE to give a $500 gift card to a Rookie Moms reader.
Update: This giveaway ended on midnight Pacific Time on February 23rd.