Monday, 1 February 2016

My Not So Secret Blogging Identity: Should Bloggers Disclose Their Names?

Hello everyone! So today's post is about blogging because I've given you guys a bit of a lifestyle overload. A bit more specifically, today I'm bringing up the question about whether or not bloggers should tell everyone that they run a blog or if they should hide behind a secret identity. 

I've spoken to quite a few bloggers that don't tell their friends and family that they run a blog but I've also spoken to quite a few that see no problem with sharing their lives, faces and names. I'm not particularly bothered about what people think of me for blogging anymore, I still get a bit blushy but in general I don't care. I've posted pictures of me wearing face masks, no makeup selfies... Whatever fits the post! I think that things are just easier if I'm able to share pictures to convey what I'm saying.

If you're just thinking about blogging and you haven't started to blog yet you may want to have a think about this and decide whether you want to create a secret identity or whether you just want your name out there. I didn't really put too much thought into it because I had blog inspiration from quite a few know bloggers and I just went with my own name. It's fine if you want to have a sort of blogging alter ego, it's just personal preference!

One thing a lot of people get worried about is the opinions of friends and family, I get that because I always get bashful and embarrassed when my dad mentions my most recent blog posts. I got over it a bit when I was in Hong Kong with my gran last year because she took over as photographer and I got to be in front of the camera instead.

Being unsure and a little embarrassed is fine but I just think that I might as well get credit for the things I type up and it also kind of helps with confidence too. I never liked teachers reading what I wrote in school and I sort of got a complex about it, I think that's one of the reasons that my diploma in journalism and PR and my diploma in social media marketing are such out of character things for me to have. 

A lot of my friends knew in the first place anyway because I started my first blog in college and at the beginning I harassed a few of my other friends to share my blog and my most recent posts. I was pretty happy about it anyway because I have a few friends that have also taken up blogging and I've met some awesome people through doing it! 

The next thing would be something that everyone's grandparents bring up, are we sharing too much information online? The answer isn't an easy one. I guess only you can control how much you share, I pretty much just don't care about that and maybe that's the wrong way to go about it. What I'm trying to say is that you're only as secure as you want to be and it's not as if I have my address up in bold letters on my blog.

So what do you guys think? Do you agree with me or do you prefer to keep things separate and use a secret identity? Leave your answer in the comments! 

10 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this a lot lately too! As a 'mum blogger' I worry about stuff like identity fraud and my daughter because of what I post, but I'm not worried about people knowing what I write. Years ago though, when I was blogging about fandom stuff, I was anonymous except to a few friends because it was still seen as a really weird thing to do and I didn't want everyone knowing! x

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    1. I can imagine! I don't have kids to worry about but I can definitely picture the added stress about identity and sharing. It's only over this past year that I've really pushed my blog. X

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  2. I think you need to have a sense of yourself on the blog for sure, otherwise people won't understand whom they are relating to. I don't use my name on my blog, but I use my initials instead. There are still pics of my face though dotted about x

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    1. Yes, I think that as long as you're relatable you can create anew online personal without disclosing too much information. X

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  3. I don't worry about telling people that I blog, usually they are fascinated and want to hear more.

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    1. It gets a mixed response really! Some are fascinating, some don't care and others don't know why we do what we do. X

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  4. For safety reasons, its a good thing to hide your identity, as you always hear bloggers that are having fans randomly appear at there homes. I havent shown anyone what i look like in my 4 years of blogging, but i may have to eventually as ive got an event coming up haha =]

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    1. That only really happens to the more widely known bloggers, Zoella and Tanya Burr for example. I do see where you're coming from though!

      Have fun at the event! Xx

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  5. This was a really interesting post Aymie! I've always been veyr open about the fact I have a blog and I share my posts to my Facebook wall - mainly so family and friends can keep in touch with me and see where I am. I don't share much of my personal life online, however, I tend to share photos and things I like more often and keep my personal life to myself and my friends and family as I'm aware it can be viewed by anyone! Love this topic. - Tasha

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    1. Thanks for reading this post, Nat! It was an interesting one to write. I feel similarly about the issue but I like to be a bit more open because the likelihood is that someone else has thought the same thing. I don't get too explicit about certain details and I keep some things private, potential employers could see it!

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