Anonymity

Sometimes I wonder whether people who remain anonymous on their blogs get fewer hits. I don’t know, it’s not like I can really conduct an experiment unless I ask the people at WordPress or Blogger. I don’t publish my name or my picture. I don’t even have an about me page, I just write for the sake of writing and getting things off my mind. I have a good number of followers and people who like and comment on posts. They don’t seem to mind at all that they have no idea who I am… and I simply love that!

Truth be told, even if someone does put up their name, picture or bio, do you ever know who they really are? Reading someone’s posts may actually tell you a lot more about a person, than a description or a picture would. It’s not like I haven’t thought about it. Sometimes I’m really tempted to share pictures or just use my real name. But, I don’t because of all these ethical rules at work etc. It’s just simpler to write whatever I want, without the hassle of having to declare stuff.

The interesting part is, no one who knows me outside the blogosphere, knows that I write this blog. I’ve mentioned in passing that I write a blog but never the name or where I write. This is a whole different world for me… and I’ve grown to really like it being that way. It’s not because the things I say may offend someone or that I have something to hide from the people I know… far from it. I’ve just never really bothered to share this world with the people I know. It feels like something personal, something I like doing for myself. I love this little world of mine….and I prefer to remain anonymous.

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19 thoughts on “Anonymity

  1. I am pretty much an open book on my blog. What you see is what you get. Sometimes knowing the author informs the reader of their point of view. My blog is also different in that its an online extension of me. Keep on blogging.

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  2. I like the anonymous nature. Or maybe I should say – I like the separateness from real life, which has the offshoot of being anonymous.

    I don’t want my real life and my blog life to intersect. I don’t do it much on here, but on Tumblr I let it all hang out in a way that I’m not comfortable doing in real life.

    Having that separateness gives me freedom to just say the things I can’t seem to say in real life.

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    1. I completely understand. This is exactly how I felt when I started blogging…wanting to say anything that comes to mind. Over time I realize that it’s not that I don’t feel comfortable but I actually enjoy the separateness just like u.

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  3. I don’t post my real photo as well, although I do have an ‘about me’ page with just my first name. My blog is my personal pet project that I don’t want anyone who knows me to read. Its where I can vent and/or share things without coming under the judgmental scrutiny of someone I see on a regular basis who reads it. If someone reads/comments/follows – wonderful. If I only have 5 followers for good, that’s okay too. I do this for me first, for others who might find connection to what I have to say second.

    I completely understand your need to remain behind the scenes and that’s okay. Really popular bloggers who rely on them for monetary purposes may benefit from being more of an open book with photos of them, their family, children, etc because readers may draw more of a personal connection to them and their circumstances, but that’s their choice. I read a really eye opening blog post recently from a mommy-type blogger who refuses to post photos of her kids for privacy sake, even though she gets rude comments from readers asking why she doesn’t post her kids or she must not be who she says she is because she doesn’t post ‘proof’ she’s a mom, etc. If you want to read it, the blog is Wellness Mama.

    Stick to your guns and do what makes you the most comfortable and in control of your circumstances.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I completely agree with what you say. We don’t necessarily have to reveal ourselves and I’m glad there are more people out there like me. I will have a look at Wellness Mama. Thanks again for taking the time out to read my blog and comment. 🙂

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  4. I have a private blog as well as a public one. No one has access to my private one but this one I use to publicize my articles. I think it depends on your purpose for blogging. This blog is to be open and hold conversations, so naturally I’m OK with showing myself. The other one, not at all

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  5. I write because I need some head space separate from my real life. I never thought people would read my blog nor be inclined to interact, but it’s kind of nice, having this community online. That said, even though anyone that knows me in real life could read any post and connect the stories to me, I don’t want that burden of having my professional life take ownership of my private thoughts, so I’m anonymous. High five to anonymous blogging!

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  6. I actually have an anonymous blog which, is the one I’m on now and one that has my name and lots of information about me on it. I just started this one literally today. I’ve been having a lot of thoughts about my past and my future racing through my head and I don’t want the people I know to know about some things that I write about so I decided to make this anonymous blog. It gives me a chance to write about things that I wouldn’t want people I know to see. I like being private and being able to write without worry that someone I know would see it. I can’t say whether one or the other gets more reads since I just started this but, I guess we will see. I’d love it if you could give me some feedback on my latest post.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about writing without any worry. This will be an interesting experiment. Since you write two blogs, I guess in a few months we will know which one gets read more.

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