Almost one year ago, I wrote about Censoring my Blog — and your comments made me think hard (as usual).
In that post, I wrote about my blogging struggle: it was time for me to stop writing about my kid. This all started when I was having a heart-to-heart one evening with my tween, and she said, “Mom, you’re not going to blog about this, are you?”
Let me tell you, this hasn’t been an easy decision. Because when you’re a single mom whose blog revolves around relationships and family, how can you NOT write about your own kid?
Still, it was time for me to face the facts: I’m not an anonymous blogger. (These days, however, I do wonder what being an anonymous blogger really means. It’s not that hard to do the research and find out someone’s identity, thanks to Facebook and Google.)
So, a year ago, I asked how other bloggers deal with writing about their kids as they get older. It was Kat from My Single Mom Life — who has been blogging since 1997 (!), when her boys where eight and six — who said that whenever she blogs about her sons, “it is written entirely with their permission:”
“It is my blog about my life as a single parent. They are central figures in that life and blog, but they are also their own people and I must respect them and their decisions to not discuss certain things that go on in their lives.”
Don’t get me wrong: I applaud the parent bloggers out there who write about their tweens and teens under their real names. And I follow a few juicy favorites to soak up everything I can, such as:
Kat Wilder (who blogs anonymously about her teen)
And my latest love? This Full House, mom of teens who wrote this great post about how her four kids asked her to please use their real names – because their blogging acronyms were “stupid” (I love it! Although her hubby still wants to remain anonymous. Ha!)
Yeah, I’m still struggling with this one. If you have more thoughts about bloggers who write about their kids, I’d love to hear them.
Do you think that blogging about your kids as they get older is only acceptable if you blog anonymously?
Or, it’s all good as long as you get your kids’ permission first?
I’d love to know if any of you follow any bloggers who write about their older kids. Please share their URLs here. Thanks!
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