I love doing Samantha's weekly updates. In fact, I often consider ditching the rest of this site and just making it a blog about Sam, but I always come back to the fact that it's nice to have a clearing house for anything else I might want to post.
Other parents seem to have the same idea. This article describes some of the other baby blogs out there, and loading up some of the sites they reference has already yielded me a few more links for my RSS reader. I'm particularly fond of dooce.com and The Trixie Update, both of which I had already been reading. The latter's Trixie Telemetry is particularly great, and I've been meaning to steal the "Picture of the Day" idea from both sites (though to be fair we were doing Pics of the Day back on the GameSpy Network before it was cool).
I'm not sure why I like following the lives of strangers on sites like these. It's not voyeurism --not any more than it's voyeuristic to listen to someone you just met at a party tell you about their kids. I just like hearing and seeing what other new parents are going through. And it's amazing how many identical experiences we go through with Sam, be it baby mood swings or an isatiable appetite for Cheerios. And it helps when the stories have a strong undertow of humor.