There's an art form to the Facebook pregnancy announcement, and Jessica Alba just nailed it. The actress revealed on her official page today that she's expecting her second baby with husband Cash Warren. And she managed to avoid the pitfalls of your average Facebook status.
Not too self-involved. No STFU Parents-worthy overshares. In fact, Alba may have managed the most normal status update I've seen from a star in months. Take a look:
It's been a while since I've been on FB & I thought I'd drop by to let you all in on some exciting news>Honor is going to be a Big Sister! Cash and I are thrilled and wanted to share the news directly with you so you didn't hear about it somewhere else. I appreciated all of the love and support you all gave me during my first pregnancy and will definitely appreciate it again this time around. Have a great day! Jess
So what's the takeaway here? First: A shout-out to the crowd always helps. Jessica's kind thanks to her readers is a little nod to the fact that she realizes this is Facebook, not her diary. She knows people can be genuinely excited for a pregnant woman but simultaneously appreciates their kind wishes. Your pregnancy is all about you, but your Facebook feed isn't. Let your friends know you appreciate them enough to realize your pregnancy isn't the be all and end all in life.
Second: Stay positive! There's nothing that drags down a Facebook feed like the pregnant woman asking for constant pity with the "OMG, I'm throwing up all day" or "I am the size of an elephant, why did I do this to myself" updates. Honey, you wanted to get pregnant, don't blame us. Jessica kept it short, sweet, and upbeat.
Third: Keep it clean. Announcing "Honor is going to be a big sister" is eminently preferable to statements such as "I peed on a stick today and came out with two plus signs" or "there's a little wiener in my belly!" People love hearing you're pregnant; they don't need details about how it happened or what happens inside the OB/GYN's office.
Fourth: Make people feel special. The Facebook announcement is easy and quick and, in this day and age, inevitable. But that doesn't make it "personal." Noting something like "I didn't want you to hear it elsewhere" or "just wanted to include you" as Alba did takes your announcement from the "oh, she couldn't be bothered" to the "wow, she was thinking of meeee." It's classy.
This is one star whose pregnancy updates I can see myself following. How about you?
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