It is going to be difficult for me to anonymize my family in a blog that is almost completely about them. As I said in a previous post, I tend to be a tell-all type of gal. Before I even set up my site, I chatted with a friend and fellow blogger. She reminded me that my writings would be going world wide, and that there are some, lets just say, interesting individuals out there. That I may not want pictures of my son getting into someone’s hands, or that it might not be the wisest idea to put his name out there, lest his identity be stolen. (Even if I use only their first names, all someone would have to do is piece it together with my last name and they’ve got the whole shebang.) Not to mention that some day my children’s classmates may get a hold of my blog posts and cause them to feel embarrassed. I am honestly not afraid of my children resenting me for writing about them, I hope that I am giving them enough stability and security so they understand that everything I write about them is written with the utmost love. Besides, eventually mom’s going to get blamed for everything that is wrong with junior’s life anyway. This usually lasts from the age of 16 to approximately their mid twenties, when the child has an epiphany and realizes that mom was more wise than once thought. In junior’s thirties they discover there was a method to mom’s madness after all. Their forties, all is forgiven; fifties, you’re completely exonerated, and by the time they reach their sixties, you’re practically a saint! (Did I just go on a bunny trail?) Anyhoo, no, I’m now worried about scarring my children.
Do you think I should continue calling my family by “Hubby,” “the boy,” and “the girl” just to be on the safe side? To protect them from would-be predators? I’m not sure how I feel about this. I had envisioned my blog with pictures of my kids to go along with the cute stories, but their safety is #1. I have looked up quite a few mom-blogs and many have pictures and names, many have no pictures and nicknames. What is your opinion?