The answer is no Lilly isn’t my daughter’s name. Actually I hardly ever use real names in my post. The only time I use real names is if it’s a sponsored post or I have the person’s permission.
Because I value my children’s privacy. This is my blog, my thoughts not there’s. One day they will have a life of their own and they may not want to associated to Mommas Wonderings. (Especially during those awkward teen years.) I believe my children have their own story to tell.
When I first started blogging under my old blog a lot of my earlier post where more centred around Lilly. One of the things The Hubby and I discussed was how much info did we want to put out there about our family. As I grew as a blogger I started to re-examine how I wrote.
My writing style changed to a more neutral style. I like inspiring readers and often try to write post that reflect that.
Some people did not like the change because they missed the more personal note of the blog. Yes, I still have post that include the children but the post needs to fit into my brand image and not be just a random post.
My original blog was named Lilly Through The Valley. Lilly was the name we chose to use instead of her real name. The Through The Valley came from the fact we are going through the recovery of a brain injury. I loved the blog but I made a lot of rookie mistakes on it.
When I got pregnant with A-man I also came to the realization that I had a whole blog focused on Lilly. One of the things we work on is balancing out Lilly`s needs with the rest of the families.
Lilly`s medical needs can consume our family life if we allow it. I didn`t want a brand that excluded A-man. I made the hard decision to phase out Lilly Through The Valley and start Mommas Wonderings. One of the things I kept was the names.
As life changes I am finding sometimes our personal life blends with the blog and that is okay. After all these years writing with the names A-man and Lilly it`s just second nature for me now.
If A-man decides to one day start-up a blog called, “The Real A-man” I wouldn’t be too sad.
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