In my beginning blogging days, I decided not to use my children's real names in the blogisphere for the sake of their own privacy. And maybe safety? So I've used the nickname "Squishy" for our firstborn, which has actually been his nickname "in real life" since he was a baby.
|Do you see where we got the nickname? So SQUISHY.|
And so questions about our kids, their names, and this blog have resurfaced in our house recently. A few thoughts:
1) It's difficult to not use a name when you are writing about someone. You can only say "he," "our son," "our toddler," or "the baby" so many times. The sentences don't flow as well. Using initials is my least favorite!
2) Cutesy nicknames are quickly outgrown. And I think when you have more than one child they become confusing to a blog reader. Which child is "Peanut" and which is "Sweetie?" I'm lost...
3) Despite the fact that it is probably ok (safety-wise) to use our children's real names on this blog, something about it still doesn't sit right with my husband and I.
The end decision? I've chosen two alias names for our sweet boys. Are you ready?
...will now be known as Peter. (A name I've always loved, but one we'd never use in real life because it doesn't mesh well with our last name.)
and Baby E...(goodbye initial!)....
...will now be known as Edmund. (I'm partial to this name, too, but do not like it shortened to "Ed!" So no Ed, y'all.)
For my long time readers (or those who know my family in real life!), you might be doing double takes on my blog posts for a little bit. But I think we'll all get used to it, and things will flow a better around here. And my children will be less google-able.
For those of you who blog, do you use your children's real names? Why or why not?
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