March 28, 2005
30 Odd Foots of Newspaper
When the nice lady, pumpling, writes you an email, saying that she's writing an article for the Herald Sun, and that she wants to talk to you about your Pumpkin Diary, and about pregnancy blogs in general, well then, you say yes!
When the nice woman also says that she'd like to send a photographer around to take your photo, and that photographer just happens to be the gentleman who takes society snaps for Lillian Frank, well then, you smile, and nod graciously, and accept.
Then, pumpkin, you set to work frantically cleaning the house.
nb: the article text is as follows:
When Preston couple Bill and Eve Dennis found out she was pregnant last year, they wanted to tell the world.
So my did.
Bill Dennis, 31, announced the news on an internet journal called "Pumpkin Diary", before the couple had even told their parents.
For the past seven months, the father to be has noted the highs and lows of the pregnancy, and counted down the May due date.
The web log - or blog - can be read around the world.
"The benefits of sharing our pregnancy far outweigh any risks" he said.
The diary entries are addressed to his baby - whom he calls Pumpkin - and he hopes his son or daughter will read it.
He says writing it down means he won't forget the details.
"When we first found out that we were pregnant, I asked my parents about the experiences they'd had.", he said.
"They looked a bit distant and said 'I can't remember, it was 30 years ago'."
The Pumpkin Diary is read by Dennis' relatives in Britain and the US, and anyone who stumbles across the website.
In the US, a trend in pregnancy blogs has meant hundreds of strangers have shared first-child fears to tips on breastfeeding.
One US blogger recorded her attempts to get pregnant with IVF last year. She realised her blog's reach when a nurse at the hospital recognised her after reading it.
In Melbourne, thousands of bloggers are registered. They discuss everything from studying philosophy to Olympics training and rorting the transport system.