Kate and I have been discussing possible names for FutureBaby when he or she ceases to be a baby in potentia and becomes an ActualBaby. We’ve also talked a bit about the issue of FutureBaby’s Internet identification– specifically, whether I should refer to him or her by name in the eventual blog posts (and oh, yes, there will be blog posts…), or adopt some sort of pseudonym to preserve a tiny bit of privacy in this Google age.
At the moment, we’re leaning toward adopting a pseudonym for blog-reference purposes. Which raises the important question that I will throw open to you, oh wise and worldly readers:
How should I refer to FutureBaby on the blog in future years?
It’s a tough question…
There are various methods used by blogging parents, none of which seem quite satisfactory. The Brad DeLong method of referring to children by age (“The Nine-Year-Old,” etc.) suffers from linkrot– as time passes, it’s no longer immediately clear which child is being referred to. The Dean Dad method of giving gender only (“The Boy,” “The Girl”) is fine as long as you have no more than one of each, but a same-gender FutureSibling (should one come along) would throw things into chaos.
Clearly, some sort of FutureBaby-specific identifier is called for, but the question is, what? My chosen blog title doesn’t really lend itself to blog-related nicknames like Jim Henley’s “Offering Boy” or “The Littlest Offering”– “The Principles Kid” doesn’t really have much of a ring, and “Uncertain Child” is just cruel. We could probably go with just initials, but that would run the risk of having our child mistaken for a high-energy physics experiment. I suppose there’s always “Bilal,” but what if FutureBaby is female?
(Inside joke. Don’t worry about it.)
Anyway, suggestions are welcome in the comments. Surely there’s some physics/ blogs/ book-related nickname that I’m missing that one of you will spot…
(I’m out of town for the day, and will not have web access. Kate has the keys to the blog, and she’s empowered to delete anything she finds insulting, so keep it clean.)