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  1. This is a great post, Aprille! Since we adopted our daughter as an older child, this was a question we faced at the very beginning. There is definitely a fine balance in there with sharing and keeping things private– not just online, but in my everyday life as well.

    This post encouraged me to actually make some decisions about what and how I say things. So thank you!

  2. I use a blogonym for my son, me, and dad. Only the dog’s real name is shared. 😉 I also don’t include photos of his face.

    There is nothing to stop you from going back and editing your blog to take out your son’s name, ya know… 😉

    We can all only do the best that we can. You have my support, for what its worth!

  3. Amanda H

    I can only imagine the challenge this will be! One of the big reasons I disengaged from social media was because I was continually frustrated that others could share pictures, etc, of me without my permission…even with so-called security/privacy features enabled (although I’m sure they’ve gotten better by now). Good luck and I look forward to being privy to Little Brother’s story!

  4. This is a great move, I think. I also try not to over-expose my family, though, sometimes I love simply tell their stories and post their photos. But right now, I try to not to over-expose their face, well maybe from far, but not too close.

    I still use my children’s real name. Can you elaborate more why giving nickname can be a better approach for this?

    • For me, I think it’s just one less thing that’s “out there.” So that my son’s name can’t be googled in the future (by employers, educators, etc) and stuff I’ve written about him as a preschooler used against him.

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