Smiles and Trials, and Christine is both pretty open about their family life, and she uses real names places and lots of photos. She was my inspiration so I did likewise.
Since then, I've run across blogs that are real in terms of what is written about, but the blogger uses made-up names.....and there are also blogs that use obvious "pet names". For some reason I have the hardest time reading those....it is some sort of disability of mine. If someone calls their youngest child "Alice" I can easily envision the child.... BUT, if they refer to her as "Little Bit" or some other non-name, I can't seem to envision a human being at all, or distinguish "Little Bit" from "Poopsie"; thus if they have several children I get completely lost. That makes me nearly unable to follow what is being said or to take it seriously. Again, it must be some sort of disability; I'm sure other people can, but I can't seem to.
And there are bloggers who tend to just share the cute and the sweet and the latest holiday photos. I respect that choice, but as I read those blogs I can sometimes feel like I am rubbing my face in the dreariness of my life. Though, there are certainly IRL people with whom I have that same sort of relationship! Our conversation centers on my ooohing and aaahing about their vacation cottage, their latest trip....or worse yet, being asked to commiserate about how hard it is to get ready to go on long vacations! Or, how disruptive it is to have major home improvements done! [Darn; if I could just afford to get someone in to fix that broken window!]
Anyway, Tina wondered, after my last post, how Anastasia would feel to know I shared her wish list on my blog. I don't know! She probably wouldn't like it, anymore than she'd like it if I shared it with other friends IRL. But Anastasia "doesn't like" much of anything - ever. That makes deferring to her wishes difficult.
The boys know about the blog, apparently, and are savvy enough to realize that it is not a lot different than me talking to my friends.... They don't like it, but it is "what moms do". They may even feel that the blog beats my going out to coffee with people they may see and sharing stuff there!
I do think/hope that few, if any, people the kids know in real life are aware of the blog....the exception being big brother Aidan, who reads it occasionally, another blogger in the parish whom they do not know, and one or two other adult acquaintances of mine.
I suppose that with all the interesting people and fascinating things "out there" in the world.....just my little circle of blogging friends are going to be interested in our family....I think of my blog as the e-parallel of the conversations over coffee which my mom would have with the neighbors, or her other friends. What would my mom have had to talk about if it wasn't me and my brother? (I would egocentrically think).... And her doing so seemed only natural. I suppose if I'd thought about it, I would have figured that I better only do those things that I'd want talked about!