I’m excited to let our readers know that there is a great piece by Pamela O’Connell about the Trixie Update in today’s New York Times Circuits section. Here’s the article (free registration required). Don’t miss the accompanying illustration!
Now, I love the piece for it’s hard-science angle, but does it make me come across too maniacal or the right amount of maniacal? Some of my quotes seem harsher in print than I realized they would — especially considering that many of our readers do run their own baby blogs.
“Mr. MacNeill has been accused by some of treating Trixie as if she were a science project. He counters that ‘the world didn’t need another baby Web site.’ “
I didn’t mean to sound so arrogant here. The science project criticism had more to do with the style of objective writing than the actual collection of data. In fact, one reader had objected to my description of Trixie as a “human baby” rather than properly referring to her as “my loving daughter.” My point is that everyone knows that babies are cute and the world doesn’t need another web site just to tell us that.
“Everybody loves their baby – that’s not interesting,”
I’m not trying to dismiss any parent’s love for their kid or anyone who wants to blog about it. When I started the Trixie site, I didn’t want to write about how much I love my daughter because that’s a given. My goal has been to make the Trixie Update into a site that would have been interesting to me before I happened to have my own kid.
I like writing about Trixie as a human baby because it lets me take a step back and look at the bigger picture. I like the details, patterns and behavior that we’ve discovered as Trixie is developing. I like how Trixie is simply one of the newest representatives of the human species and how we get to see everything unfold again just like it has 6 billion other times for 12 billion other parents. And I feel it’s important to keep a sense of humor about these things in the process. Simply put, writing about how much I love Trixie wouldn’t be as interesting to me. Instead, I like to let the charts, graphs, and gory details speak for themselves.