It's a busy weekend

We just swung from one end of the attention span to the other with a mention in the New York Times. Welcome! I like to point all new visitors to Trixie Update 101. It’s an overview of the site that includes, among other things, links to some of the better telemetry-based charts and graphs. Thanks for visiting!

*One small correction to the article. My last name is spelled with eight ‘L’s, not one. It’s MacNeillllllll.

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13 Responses to It's a busy weekend

  1. Jamie says:

    TTU is officially a multimedia sensation. Also, a member of the elite cabal of baby bloggers. Congrats! Soon, though, the site will host a minor awards show (MTV Awards, People’s Choice, etc.) and it will be all downhill from there.

  2. schaff says:

    I know that journalism works from the “angle” outward. So I understand why TTU would get written up as an example of the baby blogging phenomenon. But I am pretty disappointed in the other links mentioned in the Times article. I don’t think TTU has much to do with them.

    I feel that TTU goes beyond the ordinary blog, and even parodies it, with its pseudoscientific mockumentary approach. Why would anyone want to read the straight-up blow-by-blow of an average person’s average life, babies or no? I prefer reading “stories”. Stories are constructions made by humans, that have a point. TTU is formulated from purpose-built stories — more like the New York Times itself than the blogs written about in the New York Times.

    Further, as ordinary people go, self-obsessed yuppies are among the dullest. The quotes in the article make the blog authors come off that way. Their insular ignorance even leads one to say parents should avoid considering the long-term effects of child development. (Huh?) That contrasts with what TTU’s author has to say, which makes it clear he is interested in the long view of human development.

    Well done, Mr. MacNeillllllll. You are still in a class by yourself.

  3. Heather says:

    I agree with schaff. I’ve told everyone I know about TTU & some people just don’t get “it”. Ben’s sense of humor is very similar to my own, so I crack up at all of the “stories” & metrics. I guess some people will just never get “it”. Their loss. Keep it up!

  4. hannah says:

    Schaff, you said it, brother. Bravo. It’s kind of sad when people miss “it” and lump TTU in w/the obsessive child-as-center-of-the-universe yuppie breeder blogs! B/c TTU is so *not* that is why it’s so genius. BTW, when I was reading your comment, I knew not who the author was and was scrolling down and getting so excited about the post – shoulda known it was schaff. Like a superhero, you wait in the wings and swoop in only when necessary. Nice job.

  5. LOD says:

    What a coincidence! Everyone keeps misspelling my URL as well.

    Llllllllllaid-Off Dad.

  6. Suzanne says:

    I know others were not thrilled to see your site listed side by side with the others, but I have to thank the NY Times for introducing me to your site. Love the metrics, especially the live, continuously updating sleep log, and then now and then photos. My problem is with the article’s assertion that parent-bloggers are crashing towards a self-fulfilling letdown: “And of course the more parents blog, the less likely they are to get the attention and validation they seem to crave.” For me, and I bet for a lot of other bloggers, flexing our fingers into flowing sentences, and seeing the fruits of our non-paying labor up there in all its monitor-glowing glory is reward enough.

  7. If Piaget had blogged, it may well have looked something like TTU. P.S. Cute child.

  8. Dana says:

    I am a daily visitor to TTU since I saw your URL in Parents magazine. I am very impressed with your site. I find it very entertaining and educational at the same time. The way your “community” corresponds with one another and helps with child-rearing advice in such a positive, constructive manner is heart-warming. I watched the MNSBC show featuring your family, and I enjoyed seeing another glimpse into your life. I also read the article mentioning you in the New York Times. Although I have only been a visitor to TTU for a short time, I felt very defensive of your site and the way they were mentioning blogging parents in the article. After taking the time to visit each link in the article, I see that clearly your site is in a league of it’s own. I very much enjoy your unique daily photographs, the graphs and other ways you present the results of your “studies”, and the way in which your sense of humor comes across in all your blogs.

    I just want to congratulate you on all the recent media coverage, good and bad, and thank you for your dedication to TTU. You help other parents like me to see that we all make mistakes in parenting, no child is perfect (no matter how beautiful she is), and that I am not the only parent who puts my daughter above all else in the world.

  9. Rozanne says:

    Okay, I guess I’m being thick-headed here, but I don’t get the MacNeillllllll joke. Can you explain it?

  10. benmac says:

    Rozanne: It’s an inside joke between me and everyone who has ever tried to spell my name correctly 🙂 The correct spelling is M-a-c (capital N) e-i (double L): MacNeill. Many people try to spell it Mc or Neal or neil which leads to about a half dozen different misspelling combinations.

    My beef here is that in addition to the the New York Times calling all parent bloggers assholes, they spelled my name wrong.

  11. Becca says:

    I checked out some of the other blogs listed in the article, and apparently you’re not the only blogger whose name they mispelled.

  12. Elaine says:

    I agree, that most of those other websites are not like TTU, and that’s why we are all here everyday. Ben, you do an amazing job of entertaining us, and loving Trixie all at the same time. The question I have is, I don’t have kids, and the article says these blogging parents want to say, “Hey, I may have a kid, but I’m still here, too.” Is that a bad thing? Is that that “selfish non-parent” thing? This is one thing that scares me about having a child of my own. I don’t want or need to be the center of attention, but where do the needs of my personality go? Ben has shown me there is a way to be unique, but not selfish or too ga-ga over my baby…the article just left me with a bad taste (as most of us it seems.)

  13. Rozanne says:

    Thanks for the explanation. As someone whose first name is difficult to spell, I know just how you feel. FWIW, I agree with you about the NYT article.