Before I started doing reviews and giveaways on my blog, I found myself thinking about one thing that all bloggers think about when their blog is public: Will I publish my children's name?
I had already been blogging for a couple of years but didn't have much of a following. I was never worried about other people stealing anything from me because everything I wrote was personal. It was something that I thought about and it was about my family so who would want to steal that. But once I got serious about blogging, I worried about how I would come across to other people. I also worried about the safety of my children. If I were to get way beyond the reach I could ever expect, would the pictures and their names be ok?
Then, something happened. While thinking about all my pictures being out there, I searched myself through google. What I found made me write this post. I had seriously thought about going through every single post and removing my children's names from the blog. Maybe even coming up with some cute pet name for them and deleting every picture that wasn't water-marked. But I let myself calm down and thought about it long and hard before coming to the decision that I made.
I decided that they only things I wouldn't mention were my last name and where we lived. I feel that every blogger deserves their own privacy, right? So for me, you can see our faces and know our names but from there on, there isn't much else you need to know. I'm sure if you searched hard enough, you could find me.
Whether or not your publish your child's name or pictures is your decision. Just think about what your want and follow your gut. You can never be wrong about something you chose to do. Its your blog and your life. Protect it the way you see fit.
Ashley is a busy mom of two boys and a resident contributor for Taking Time for Mommy – Online Magazine for Mom. She is also the owner of and the little ones too. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.