So, I’ve been blogging for a little more than a month now. I have some followers. I’ve had over 1000 hits–some coming from as far away as Finland and the Philippines . The feedback I have received so far has been very positive. Thank you! I agree that what I’ve written here is some of my best writing. When I re-read my work, I find a lot of typos and little things that need tweaking, but so far, I haven’t posted anything that I think is just so terrible that I cringe and delete. (And believe me, I have written a lot of cringe-worthy stuff!)
But here’s the thing: It’s some very personal writing. It’s very real and very raw. Out of consideration for others, I haven’t used names–I know people can get funny about that. And obviously, I would never, ever post anyone’s address, phone number, or even last name here.
The one time I did use a personal name–Mary in Young Together— she was flattered, and she reposted on her Facebook page. Thank you, Mary!
So, now I’m asking you, what do you think I should do re: using people’s first names in my blog. In the end, I will do what I want, but I am open to other people’s thoughts on this matter, and I haven’t made up my mind. Should I use real names, but first names only? Make up names–I know other bloggers do that especially for their children? Or continue writing about people in a very vague way using only pronouns and vague terms?