Hi All! I have blogged in the past under an alias, but recently felt like opening myself up to the blogosphere. I've started a whole new blog and I want it to be wholly my own, by me, not an alias.
My question is... I see so many bloggers sharing their full names, the town they live in, the state, sharing pictures of their homes, their family, their children. I want to do that, because it makes so much more of a connection. But I have concerns for safety and privacy.
What do you rely on to keep the details you share safe and protect your families and children?
Thanks in advance!
Hi Trista and welcome! I use my real name and where I live, from time to time, I'll post a pic of my family. I will insert a blog logo on most of my pics. I use an alias for my husband kids as well. I know that if someone really wants your information, they will find a way.
Thanks!! I really appreciate the input. :))
Hi! This is a very interesting topic. Caution needs to be used on any scenario. I share the city where I live, but I do not share my address. Exposing myself to the web is scary but and Alias doesn't do much, if someone wants to find out more about you, they will find a way.
I like using my real name, I feel more in charge of what I want to say, and no like I am hiding behind anything.
You have a great question. On our personal blogs we post our names, where we live and post occasionally about our families. How has it been going so far.
I only use my first name on the blog itself and I never use my daughter's name at all. I also don't really use the name of the town where I live much, though it is listed here on Mom Bloggers Club. However, I realize that if anyone wants this info badly enough, it wouldn't be too difficult to obtain. For me, I feel safer if I'm promoting the blog among friends, family, and on reputable sites like Mom Bloggers Club. P.S. Love your blog!
I think the that level of information that you give out should never extend beyond what you are comfortable giving. I'm ok with the random person who stumbles on my site to know that I'm from Michigan, but not the city I live in. I'm ok with them knowing my first name, but not the names of my children.
It's really all about setting boundaries, and remembering that you can loosen them but never tighten them back up because once that information is out there, it's out there.
Also make sure to talk to the people that you might be talking about to see if they have any concerns about the level of privacy.
If creepy internet people really want to find things out they will. But, you don't have to make it super easy for them.
hi there, I used real names and so as my son's name.
yes, using your real name is way better than using an alias names. I would go for it if I were you, in the long run, you'll be a successful blogger and then people will know you anyway.
I have the same issues. I don't have a Facebook or an Instagram for this very reason. I do post pictures of my children now on my blog but never used to before. I let people know that I'm from Hawaii but I also am uncomfortable letting too much information out. I think you should go ahead and share what you want when it comes to pictures of the family, I know that as a reader I look forward to those types of pictures from the blogs that I read.
I have never used an alias, well except being called Nutty Hiker which was given to me, even then my real name is connected to it. But I was also a private investigator and also know how easy it is to track down a person behind an alias.
Do what you feel comfortable doing, but also realize all of your real information is easy to obtain. Like a scary kind of easy! It's the price we pay for the digital world and technology. If it makes you feel safer using an alias or not posting too much personal info then do it that way. For me, I see it as an extra hassle (trying to remember to use fictitious names, creating multiple accounts, etc...). If someone really wants to find me it won't matter if I am using an alias or not, either way I can still be easily found.
I have also been blogging since 2001 (before Wordpress even came out). I actually started blogging because my husband at the time was in the Marine Corps and we used it as a way for our family to keep up with us. That was actually before blogging was even a real thing. My page was more like a news ticker haha. It just had the date and then a short blurb about what happened that day and maybe a picture (that was relly before digital cameras, had to get them developed then turned into digitals). Imagine how I felt when Wordpress and all the other blogging software was released and made things much easier and would allow people to comment!! haha.