The New Family Album

More parents are using online blogs to share photos, memories, gripes and advice with friends--and strangers

When Sara Hinds, 25, A middle-school teacher from Lexington, Ky., got pregnant, she told her blog before she told friends and family. "I thought it would be more fun to announce my pregnancy that way," Hinds says. "I put a link on my family blog to an image of a stork with the words 'We're expecting!', which then linked to my new baby blog. It was a lot easier than making tons of phone calls and having to decide who to call first."

A flurry of congratulatory e-cards followed--many from people Hinds has never met. In fact, since she and her...

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