Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'm Coming Out.

My secret identity has been compromised.

I leaked sensitive information about my family two posts ago.

Sure, Worker Mommy pointed it out and I got it fixed up. But I have no way of knowing who saw the information before that.

I had to make a choice. I could track the IP addresses of anyone who visited my blog from the first publishing time to the second and blackmail them to keep quiet (or, you know, just kill them). OR! I could just not do anything. Or I could come clean.

I have decided...The jig is up.

To tell you the truth, I was getting a little sick of the Blog Names, anyway. I had reasons for each one of them - the main being to protect my family from any weirdos that might want to come steal my babies in the middle of the night. But the more I think about it, the more I convince myself - they're never going to find them solely because they know our names. Because, really, we all have extremely common names. Not like my mom or sister - whose names will never be mentioned on here.

Without further ado, I give you the Butrfly Family Breakdown:

The Man = Mike
Sunshine = Alyssa
Ninja Boy = Nicholas
Butrfly = Amy (Me) (Oh, wait, you knew that one.)*

From here on out, we give up our Uber-Secret Identities and will stick with not letting our last names out.

So. There you go. Merry Late Christmas. I got you Information! Hope it fits.

*(Or did you? How would you feel if I told you that was NOT my real name??)


Worker Mommy said...

Not your real name. Really? I would feel so cheated ;)

I hear you on the name thing. Sometimes it is hard to keep up w/what's real vs what's not. I remember a while back you pointed out that I had typed out my daughters real name in one of my posts. My reasons for keeping my identity and my family's secret are much the same as yours. Once it's on the internet it's public. And that is a little scary...especially as it relates to my kids.
But yeah...not loving the Worker Mommy name...but it's how my peeps (hee hee) know me so I don't feel like I can change now.

Life As I Know It said...

I go back and forth on the public blogging thing. I use my kids names occasionally. Not sure what the right thing to do is, but I've decided not to worry (too much).

Sugar Kane said...

Don't know if I have the guts, but good for you!

Funny thing is I actually call Magoo, Magoo. Obviously not his real name, but I do use it a lot.

Canadian flake said...

Hee hee like that lil comment at the end...it is so true that no one really knows...but at least you picked nice names, even if they aren't the real ones..lmao.

Virtualsprite said...

LOL... I know I've slipped with the Ubergoober's real name a few times, but luckily no one noticed.

I was doing really good until one of my fellow reporters quoted my blog and sourced it with site address and everything. So the gig was up and I'm no longer anonymous either.


Miss Patti said...

haha I realized it it when i read it too, But i didn't think you didn't know what you did. haha I know all there real names anyways. :)

Cherann said...

the alter ego has been compromised. That's alright. You really don't write anything that'll make people go all psycho. Feels kind of like a burden has been lifted huh?

Thanks 4 the ecard!

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Good on you! I think everyone goes through what you did. I especially get it when children are involved. I tried to conceal names too by calling Ryan "boyfriend" etc.

It took me about 2 months before I screwed up. Don't worry, you're safe. It's been a year and no one has been hiding out in our underground parking so far.

Whiskeymarie said...

I would totally come clean on mine, but certain things about my job make that not a good idea. I wouldn't get fired or anything, it would just be uncomfortable for everyone involved, to say the least.

Yeah, the pseudonyms are a bit tiring to keep up with, aren't they?

Brillig said...

Wow! I'm really surprised that you did this! I completely understand WHY, I'm just surprised. You seemed really dedicated to secrecy.

I've slipped on some of my kids names, and frequently on my hubby's name. And I've had friends comment and use my real name. I may just follow suit and make my life easier. :-D

Melissavina said...

I did the same thing when I realized I sounded stupid calling my boyfriend "boyfriend." So I'm with ya. I totally understand what you were doing though. I just figured, hell... if Dooce can do it, so can I, right? She's gotta have some serious nut jobs hunting her down but she's still very open about everything. It's nice, really.

Kristina said...

I really know! ;)

MommasWorld said...

There are several reasons I don’t use our real names. 1. Safety (overprotective nut here), 2. My older children…they would freak out if I used their real names. They do not want their friend’s googling their name and coming across one of my silly stories about when they were little (or even now). Snow White actually likes her bloggy name. Sometimes family members call her Snow White and call my son ManSon. My sister thinks it’s hysterical! Oldest Daughter is really generic because she is super shy and would like to remain as generic as possible on my blog.

Bravo for being so brave! I think you are safe. Not using last names in my opinion is a good idea. There are bloggers out there who do use their last names but maybe they have a high security fence and large attack dogs?