When Henry was born in 2010, nerdfighteria was a delightfully insular place. We were a big community, but it felt to me at least like we also flew under the radar in the larger culture. We got to do cool stuff like the Project for Awesome, but nobody was writing pieces in magazines or newspapers about us.
By the time Alice was born, that had changed. I want my kids to be able to make their own decisions about how public or private they wish their lives to be. There’s no one right way to be a family, and there’s no one right way to share your life with an audience, so I want to be clear that I’m not judging anyone else’s decisions. But for us, for now, the choice is to let them be kids who have their own lives and identities that aren’t too wrapped up in what their parents do.
The other thing, to be frank, is that a few people have made threats against not just me but also my family, and I do feel a responsibility to protect my kids from that as best I can.
Plus, she’s just too cute. She would break the Internet.