Friday, January 13, 2012

anonymous and pseudonyms

Not sure if you've noticed but I've not been using our 'real' names on a green (and sometimes blue) life. Why?

I feel a little silly but I've decided not to as I don't want our names to be searchable on the web, particularly as I write about anxiety and while those that know the real life me know I'm pretty open about this I just want to protect my identity a little. Also I would like my children not to have an online presence until they create one themselves. Lots of bloggers use pseudonyms so I shouldn't feel silly. But I do. Personally I like it when a blog uses real names. 

Above is our family hands 2011 which has been hanging in our entranceway. We made it for fathers day. 

It's taken me a while to decide this and as I've not actually posted about it yet this is an indication that I'm not 100% sold on the idea. However I'm going to introduce some pseudonyms.

I am going to be 'smilie' as that was a nick name I was given in childhood. I don't think it describes me that well at present but a retired gentle man I meet last year and volunteered with decided to nick name me that, so I think its still relevant. 

My husband is going to be called 'The Man' or 'man about the house'.

My almost 5 year old daughter will be 'storm'. It's an apt name for her. Wikipedia describes storm as "any disturbed state of an astronomical body's atmosphere, especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather....Storms generally lead to negative impacts to lives and property". I think it describes her as she can be lovely one minute then she gets over stimulated, can't cope and this leads to behaviour that is well ... changeable imagine thunder and lighting. She is hard to take out. 

My 2.5 year old boy was harder to come up with a name for but I've decided on 'master happy' or 'dinosaurus'. He runs around the house being a din-o-sau-rus and roaring. He has a love of animals but is constantly changing his favourite ones as he discovers new ones. He's loved birds, giraffes, elephants, zebras, pigs and now spiders.  


  1. hey smilie, that's a really good idea. i can speak from experience in uk and europe that people will use any information on the internet. too many people have all their info all out there and then they get scammed or targeted and they wonder, "why me?".

    "Protect the ones you love at all costs, and you will rest with a clear soul and conscience"

  2. I'm right with you here. I also don't use my childrens real names (but myself and my husband do go by our first names- Hi, i'm Emily). I never use our last name though.

    It's lovely to meet you!

    xo em


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