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Got Kids? Create a Live Photo Album to Share

“We Didn’t Want Those Moments to Be Lost.”

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Ray and Charlyn with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. Charlyn is holding Quinn, who is obscured by a pink blanket.

In 2017, Ray and Charlyn had their first kid, Quinn. Five months later, they started a blog called And Now We Have Kids. The idea was to document their adventures as parents, all those big first and little moments that constantly happen when kids are around.

Ray and Charlyn have also set up a social wall on which they collect all the photos they post on their And Now We Have Kids Instagram account.

They enjoy travelling and haven’t stopped their globetrotting when they had Quinn. Collecting their adventures on a social wall lets their family and friends follow along from home and see what the three of them are up to.

Screenshot of the And Now We Have Kids Social wall. Seven photos of Quinn, Charlyn and Ray are shown on a light turquoise background. The header shows the And Now We Have Kids logo. The social wall features the same look and colours as the blog itself.
The And Now We Have Kids social wall using the Walls.io Bricks theme.

We had a wee chat with Ray to find out how they are using the social wall and learn more about the choices they’ve made when it comes to pairing the social wall with their blog.

Ray Singca

Head of Customer Success, Walls.io & Swat.io

We should probably also mention here that Ray is not just some stranger but Head of Support here at Walls.io and our sister company Swat.io. 😉

What is the purpose of the blog, and who are you writing it for?

Living with Quinn, time just flies by so quickly. One day, she is barely able to stand and shortly after she is already chasing birds and squirrels in the park. We didn’t want those moments to be lost. So we wanted to have something that would document and accompany our little journey in a fun way.

Just before the start of 2018, we came up with the idea to write about our trips but also about the experiences we have in our daily life. Primarily for us to be able to look back on those adventures but also to have something for Quinn to see and read when she’s older. We also wanted to share some of our experiences with the world.

What made you set up a social wall, and for what do you use it?

In the beginning, we just wanted to have a nicer way to display our Instagram pictures. But soon, it turned into a shareable photo album of Quinn and all our adventures with her.

Charlyn is sitting on the top of a waterslide, looking back at the camera and smiling before going down. She’s holding Quinn, her face obscured by a pink hat, on her lap.
Charlyn and Quinn in Rhodos.

You have designed the wall to look exactly like the blog but kept them separate, creating a seamless switch between the two. What made you decide against a website embed?

Side-by-side screenshots of the And Now We Have Kids blog and social wall. The images show how colours are used to make the two pages look similar. The turquoise colour of the blog header shows up in the background of the social wall.
Thanks to the logo and use of colours, the blog and social wall look similar, and the transition from one to the other is as smooth as possible.

We had two reasons. Firstly, the standalone wall gives you bigger images, independent from the website’s layout and available space. Also, the theme we use on the blog already offers an embedded Instagram stream anyway.

Secondly, we decided to make the wall our little shareable photo album. So we wanted to properly adjust the wall’s look and give it the same feel as the blog.

Style your social wall in a way that highlights images and share the link with friends and family. It will be like a photo album, except that it updates whenever you post, keeping everyone in the know about your adventures. So it’s kind of a live, real-time photo album!

How are family, friends, readers reacting to the blog and the social wall?

Pretty well, actually. Especially the social wall is a nice add-on feature for our website, and it works well with the content of our blog. While the blog offers longer articles, the social wall complements it with shorter stories.

We also sometimes use our wall to display it on our TV at home. This way, Quinn gets to actually see the pictures from our adventures and travels (no, she is not on Instagram yet 😅). And guests who may not be aware of what we are doing can get a glimpse at what’s going on as well.

An appealing way to share memories with family and friends

Whether you want to show photos from a trip or document your children growing up, social walls can easily be turned into photo albums. A social wall as a photo album has distinct advantages to sharing photos old-school:

  • A social wall is always up to date.
  • You can share the link with family and friends, and they can check it out in their own time.
  • There’s no need to send photos via email and clutter everyone’s inbox.
  • Easy to set up and design just the way you want it to look. And easy to update when you want something different.
  • Easy to display on a screen at home or wherever. You don’t need to pass around photos one by one or have multiple people leaning over one phone or laptop, trying to catch a glimpse of a photo.

Live photo album walls are great for showing off pictures after travelling or sharing photos of the kids. Or you can also let your friends and family see what you’re doing on your trip around the world while you’re doing it.

And it’s so easy to view a social wall via its link, so there’s no requirement for people to have social media accounts to follow along. Which means you won’t necessarily have to teach the grandparents to use Instagram so that they can see pictures of the kids. 😉

Maybe you want to use a social wall as your photo album but are wary about posting your pictures on social media. Completely understandable. With a Walls.io Pro or Premium account, you can altogether bypass social networks and upload images and videos directly to your social wall using Native Posts. Then simply set your link to “secret” in your Walls.io dashboard’s Privacy & Tracking settings and, voilà, only people you give your secret link to will be able to access the wall.

Turn your TV into your photo album

Who says you have to have a big event to justify displaying your social wall on a screen. It’s an excellent addition for small parties, family gatherings, for when you have guests over and they want to see some photos from your last trip or to give your children the opportunity to see themselves and relive your adventures together.

Two-year old Quinn in her parent’s living room. She is facing away from the camera and looking at the TV screen on the wall where the And Now We Have Kids social wall is displayed above a media cabinet. The social wall shows various photos taken on the family’s travels. A kid-size Spalding basketball rests on the media cabinet.
Quinn at home, checking out photos from her travels on the living room TV.

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