This pregnancy, my 3rd and final, has likely been the most documented pregnancy when it comes to pictures. I may not have blogged much about it this time around, but I Instagramed the heck out of all the small and big moments, with plenty of bump selfies thrown in because why not?
I don’t have many bump pictures of my pregnancy with Kendall, and even fewer of my pregnancy with Leyna. This time, though, I took the time to take a few of myself with my fancy camera, and many, many more with my phone.
Some of those pictures live on my personal Facebook account. Some live on my computer. Most live on Instagram. But this week, I brought them all together in a Blinkbuggy collection, and it’s so cool to flip through and see the progression of this pregnancy. I’m super excited about this sponsored post because this is a platform I know a lot of you will love.
Here’s just one glimpse at my pregnancy collection…
Seriously, I would love if you click on that and just check out the setup because it’s awesome to see all these memories organized in one spot. You can click on individual pictures to read the captions I either already put on the picture when I uploaded it to Instagram or Facebook, or what I added to it after uploading it to Blinkbuggy.
Honestly, what’s so fantastic about this is it took me about an hour to bring all of this together, and I had to add very little after importing. There it is, all in one place, the story of this pregnancy in pictures, already organized chronologically for me.
I have other collections started on Blinkbuggy, too. One for Kendall, one for Leyna, one for stuff we do as a family. I’m working on adding proper tags to all the pictures because, to me, that’s the key part of this whole platform. You can organize and sort by tag or by collection, even by date. Soon you’ll be able to pull and group pictures and have them printed in gorgeous photo books.
There’s also an iPhone app on the way that will make it easy to upload pictures, quotes, and notes directly to your Blinkbuggy account. Oh yeah! I totally forgot to tell you about the notes and quotes!
So, with Kendall and Leyna’s collections, I’ve tried to add some quotes of the silly and funny things they say. I only have a few right now because it’s hard to remember them when I sit down at the computer. I anticipate the app will make it much easier to jot these funnies down on the fly, though.
Over the last couple months, I’ve had the chance to work with Emma- the creator and founder of Blinkbuggy. We’ve had a very open dialogue about what does and doesn’t work. I’ve mentioned my issues with how slow some of my photos seem to upload, and she’s currently working with her tech team to solve those issues. It’s a new platform so there are some kinks to work out, but it’s a really fantastic beginning. When she asked me to try this out and tell you all about it, I jumped because I know so many of you are like me- digital memories living in 50 different places, looking for simple solutions.
I love that there are so many easy ways to document life these days, but I hate that it can become nearly impossible to keep track of all that we document. I’m hopeful Blinkbuggy will give me a place to bring everything together- from pictures to funny things the kids say, and some sweet stories in between. I’m looking forward to the launch of the app, being able to print memories in photo books, and the ability to add video coming later this year.
I will say, it’s overwhelming when you first start, especially if you have kids who are more than a year old. I felt a lot of pressure to get lots and lots of pictures, notes and quotes uploaded for Kendall and Leyna, and it was bogging me down. I think the key is to start small. I’ve slowly added to their collections as I’ve worked through this platform the last 2 months, taking time to learn how best to organize and tag everything. Now that I have a system down, it goes much quicker.
Mostly, I’m excited to have a place to start from day one with the new baby. And I really, really cherish having all my pregnancy memories in one place.
Give it a try! I think you’ll like it. You can import photos from Facebook, G+, and Instagram. Of course, you can also just upload them from your computer. Try not to go crazy and upload too many at one time, especially hi-res photos. That’s something they are still working on.
There are so many other features, but I don’t think I could explain them all in one blog post. I’ll just highlight that you have a lot of control over privacy settings (I’ve set all of my stuff to public for you all to see). You can also invite friends and family to view collections and keep them updated.
Let me know if you have any questions or need some help getting started! I will do my very best to answer them, assuming I don’t go and have this baby.
This post was sponsored by Blinkbuggy, but I hope you can tell that I genuinely love this platform, and am pretty excited to tell you all about it.