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Resisting The Digital Divide

This morning started out like any other morning. Our morning routine typically consists of one or both kids waking us up at an outrageously early hour, one of us dragging ourselves out of bed, turning on the tv, making coffee and then turning on a computer to check emails or start working (Eventually, we feed the kids too). I’m not exactly proud of this routine. I’d like to say that each morning we sit with the kids for some quality time but the reality is, as for most parents, mornings are hectic, rushed and time starved to say the least.

But, today was different.  I don’t know why but when I sat on the couch to say a proper good morning to the kids, I forgot to get up and inadvertently got sucked into watching one of their shows (Busytown Mysteries, if you must know. Catchy theme song!). I ended up watching the whole thing and then realized that I didn’t once look at my phone or my computer. What a great feeling to just sit with the kids and enjoy with them something that they enjoy so much.  Sure, it was TV but we’ll fight that battle later.

Something from this experience carried with me through the morning. As I was riding the subway to work, I forgot to take my phone out of my pocket to read a book, check the news, play a game… anything that would keep me from engaging the world around me (I’m usually pretty grumpy from lack of sleep – thanks, kids!). My first instinct was to quickly look down at my shoes, dig in my pocket, pull out my phone and ignore humanity like I usually do. But this time, I hesitated and forced myself to look around.

And I was alone.

A subway full of people, and each one an island (poetic, isn’t it?). Every person was head down with their mobile device. No one was looking around taking in their environment. Granted, doing so too intently on a NYC subway can, in rare circumstances, get you in trouble but it struck me that people (and I include myself) are so intent on not engaging that we miss the world around us. Now, don’t misinterpret this as me being anti-technology. Far from it but, I realized a truth from both my experiences and it was best said by Ferris Bueller*:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

So slow down, look up and take it all in.  That’s how memories are made.

Wishing you happy memories.

Liad Spiro

COO, Husband to Founder and enjoyer of kids’ cartoons

* If you remember Ferris Bueller, then we’re both getting old. Welcome to our generation.

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Blinkbuggy Perspectives: Generations

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers!

It has long been our belief that, while Blinkbuggy is primarily focused on capturing our thoughts, experiences and moments as parents, it should not be limited to those perspectives.  We ask our own parents, family and friends to add their thoughts and experiences to our story which makes our story that much richer.

But since Blinkbuggy’s birth, another thought has been echoing around the cavernous space that is my head, and that is, Blinkbuggy as a “Retrospective”.  As parents, we are focused on looking forward, adding the new memories that happen to our family and us each day.  Then, every so often, we reach back into our own past to pull in memories that mirror something happening today.  For example, when I was 2 years old, my mom dressed me up in a pair of bright red overalls…corduroy nonetheless! (It was the 70’s so I should be thankful it wasn’t velvet).  Continue reading

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Blinkbuggy Reflections: Bringing Life to the Past

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers,

I must admit upfront that this post starts out a little heavy, but I hope you bear with me.

When I was 22 my dad died.  It was sudden.  I had just graduated college and was trying to figure out my way in the world. I remember the call from my brother telling me the news like it was yesterday, the shock of it, the hole it ripped in my world, the inescapable weight of the loss I felt.

I remember being told that as long as I remembered him, he would always be alive and with me and I do believe that, in essence, it is true.  But as I get older and as the years since he passed continue to add up, my memories of my dad have started to fade. With each passing year, those that remain become less clear, less an accurate representation of who he really was and more a faded mosaic of distant and disparate memories that fit together loosely to form my current “memory” of him.  I can look at pictures, see his face, see his smile and “remember” his great sense of humor but I can’t say that I really “know” him anymore.  That’s a hard and upsetting thing to admit. Continue reading

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Blinkbuggy Answers Some FAQs

Hello Blinkbuggy-ers! We hope that you are enjoying your time with Blinkbuggy and are capturing some of those little moments with your families that you might have missed or forgotten before. We’ve been getting some great questions from you and there are a couple of FAQs we wanted to address.  

Question 1: Can I export my memories from Blinkbuggy?

Answer: Yes!  Our philosophy is that the memories you put up on Blinkbuggy are yours and Blinkbuggy was designed with that in mind.  We recently added the ability for you to export all of your memories to a file on your computer at any time. This is great for backups and making sure that you have another layer of control and protection to keep your memories safe.  You’ll find the “Export” function on the bottom of your “Account Settings” page as shown in the snapshot below. Continue reading