#2: Using nicknames for your family that they would loathe outside of blogland
What are yours? C’mon. Think of it right now, you know you have one! Or at least had before you realized it wasn’t cool anymore...
Lets look at the different types of blog nicknames to get a better understanding of the bloggers behind them.
I’ll be the first example. People who DON’T use nicknames. We’re the blogging equivalent of those people who let their kids run around in stores without knowing where they are. Or the ones who leave their debit card somewhere and don’t realize it until later (been there, done THAT).
Girls, we might as well be tattooing our routing number on our head if we don’t use nicknames. In fact, we should just use social security numbers for corresponding family members as nicknames.
....Just because I drew TWO pictures for this part...
Then, there’s the ever so common “Mr. T”
You first initialers, if you will, are just dipping your feet in. You’re ok with leaving mail lying around the house with your name on it in photos. You leave the occasional receipt sitting inside the gas station pump without turning around to go get it. You’re pretty fearless…but JUST IN CASE, you better mask your husband’s name for some family protection. Use the first initial of his real name so that blogland still loves you for being YOU. You’re the Wilson (from Home Improvement) of blogland.
Hidey, Ho Neighbor!
Finally, those of you who go all out. Those of you who make it absolutely impossible to know who your family is. You don’t even use your real family in pictures…but trust me, the neighbors are going to suspect your little “photo shoots” of their children after awhile…I’m on to you.
I used to refer to Tanner as Mr. Pickleshoes until he threatened to leave me…
Just kidding, I didn’t call him Mr. Pickleshoes. Truth is, I really don’t think that any of the people reading my blog are creepy pedophiles or serial killers. They have much better things to do like playgrounds….Yahoo! Chat rooms….more popular blogs like yours…. Tee hee.
You guys are PROTECTED. No person or spam organization is ever going to show up on your doorstep as a result of negligent name dropping on your blog. Bra-VO.
So as you can see, it just depends on which way you want to go. Do you want to wear a knight costume as you blog? Or do you want to give up your identity and become homeless? I report, you decide. Like Fox News, only not as “all up in your business.”
In case you missed last weeks “Things Bloggers Do,” you can click here! As always, none of this is meant to offend anyone. We all do these things, so why not laugh at them? Feel free to email suggestions for “Things Bloggers Do” to firstname.lastname@example.org.