[The first paragraph from my previous post was left out by mistake:
I decided to join Phyllis and Robin (and Baila!) on NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) where you post every day for the month. I'm a day late, but never mind. In addition to my usual topics, I will be sharing pictures from around town. Petach Tikva is full of modern artwork, some good and some notoriously bad. I'll be focusing on the traffic circles, each of which has a unique sculpture or landscaping.]
People believe that blogging anonymously is easier. You can say whatever you want, however you want, without any consequences. But blogging anonymously is harder than blogging under your real name.
There are good reasons for blogging with a pseudonym. Some bloggers suffer backlash if their views become known. They could lose their jobs, or even be in physical danger. Other bloggers take advantage of a secret identity to talk openly about sensitive, personal issues. This is helpful for readers with similar problems.
But unless one of the above applies to you, I recommend blogging under your real name.
What do you lose when you are no longer anonymous? Well, you’ll have to think twice before telling that nasty story about your neighbor. People have the mistaken impression that anything goes on the internet. But ranting gets tiresome after a while.
Anonymous blogging is hard because you have to make sure not to share too many details about yourself so you won’t be “outed.” One of the bloggers at the Blogger’s Event talked about how confusing it was to keep track of her two Facebook profiles. She doesn’t want her family to find out about her blog. Being anonymous makes you faceless, and it’s hard to develop real relationships.
Since I’ve put my name to my blog only good things have happened.
- Subjects. I can write about a whole new range of topics that I couldn’t before, because people would have identified me too easily.
- Publicity. I have many more readers. I put my blog address on my email signature, add my links to Facebook and pass out a card with the URLs of my sites. People who know you personally are more likely to read than some random person who finds you on the internet.
- Connection. Blogging anonymously creates distance. Exposure opens you up to closer relationships with your readers.
- Professional opportunities. I consider my blog part of my writing portfolio. When I was semi-anonymous I could still share but no one searching for my name could find it.
- Authority and Influence. People take bloggers more seriously when they are open about their identities.
- Nostalgia. Having your name on your blog means your friends from elementary school can find you easily.
I only took down a few posts when I put my name up on the blog. I was only semi-anonymous and anyone who cared to know who I was could find out. I do write less about my family but that would have happened anyway.
Bloggers, how did you make the decision about whether to be anonymous? Do you regret it?
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