As a parent blogger, one of the first – and most important – decisions you need to make is whether you will show your children’s faces on your blog. It’s important to decide upfront because removing your kids’ faces from the Internet when you’ve been blogging for several months or years can be a difficult and time-consuming process.
Anonymity can take several forms. Some bloggers use photographs of their children, but don’t reveal their names, using pseudonyms or initials instead. Other bloggers don’t use photos of their children at all, and don’t reveal their own true names and identities online. Here, one such blogger, Sandy from Baby Baby, explains why she doesn’t identify herself or her children on her blog:
When you start blogging you have to decide what you are going to reveal and what you are going to keep private.
I decided early on to use pseudonyms for myself, my husband and our children. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone who still doesn’t know, but my boys aren’t really called Presley and Cash.
I love to illustrate a blog post with a photograph, but you won’t see my children’s faces online anywhere. There are plenty of photographs of the backs of their heads, in fact we take too many of their hair just in case I need a snap for my blog.
I’d love to show the world how gorgeous they are, but something stops me. It’s not necessarily a fear of perverts looking at them or of someone downloading and stealing the images for an advert on the side of a bus in Eastern Europe. These things do happen, but rarely.
My most popular blog post is ‘My Old Man’. This isn’t because it’s the best piece I’ve written – although it is – but because the photograph of my father regularly comes up on Google image searches. I’m flattered that an Italian photographic site is using the picture as an example of how to take portraits. My late father can’t complain either.
Ultimately, what stops me publishing photographs of my boys is me being possessive. I don’t want to share them with strangers. Yes, I take them out of the house, other people do see them, but I have control of the situation. Once something is online, it’s there forever and it’s out of your control. For now I’ll keep my children to myself.
What do you think? Do you share your children’s names and images on your blog? How about your own? And how did you decide what was the right approach for your blog, and your family?