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It's a . . . baby blog, Going online to share those cute photos - and endless diaper changes - is becoming a form of therapy for parents
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: LISA CHAMOFF. Lisa Chamoff is a freelance writer.
Date: Jan 3, 2005
Start Page: B.10
Section: ADVICE
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With nearly 75 percent of U.S. households having Internet access, according to a survey done last year by Nielsen/NetRatings, it's no wonder parents are logging on to share and record their experiences. After all, creating a blog does not require much knowledge of Web design or technology. What you do need is a computer, Internet access, the type of material that only life with a little one can provide and a site to help you set up and host your blog.

Julie Moos, an editor at the Poynter Institute, a school for working journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla., created Dot-Moms (http:/ /roughdraft.type, a group blog in which several women write about motherhood on one site. Blogging can be therapeutic, and help parents become part of a community, says Moos, mother of an 8-year-old son, Colter. Because pretty much anyone can read your blog, and they are often set up so people can comment on what you write, it's a way for parents to share experiences.

1) Screen grab from - [Drew Caplin] posts parenting information and photos, like this one of him and his daughter, [Kayla], in Aruba, on his blog. 2) Screen grab from - [Gina Badalaty]'s site on her daughter, [Amelia], has put her in touch with other moms. 3) Newsday Photo / Tony Jerome; computer monitor courtesy of computerworks of Northport - A baby and a computer monitor; CHARTS: 1) Sprucing up your site; 2) Some of the most popular baby-blogging sites (SEE END OF TEXT)

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