Why I don’t use a PseudonymMarch 13th, 2011 | Posted by in Thinking Hard
After reading Who’s That Girl – Why I Blog Under A Pseudonym, it got me thinking about why I use my real name.
Its because when I started out writing this blog, it didn’t occur to me to not use my real name. I don’t feel that by using my name, or my families names that I’m endangering anyone around me. I don’t blog about things that I haven’t discussed in person with people, if its not public knowledge then I don’t blog about it etc. I keep secrets a secret because thats what they are, they aren’t a new post.
I discussed with Rob about whether I should start using a pseudonym, he didn’t see the point in it. He doesn’t mind me using our real names or the name of our son, which makes me feel more confident about using it. You can even see my picture on my About Me page
I do understand why some people would want keep anonymous. As Glowness points out, there is some freedom with people not knowing who you are on the blog. If a employer is doing a search on you, if someone comes across your blog that you know in real life, using your real name and/or the names of you around makes it easier to determine that it’s actually you, not just ‘might’ be you.
If you blog under your real name, keep in mind that the internet is forever, and whatever you blog and however well or badly you say it, people will be able to find it, under your name, when you’re 90
With all that said, I’m not without a bit of privacy. I do keep a few things to myself. I’m not going to give out my address, finding out the general area I live in might be a stretch. You’re not going to know what my bank account number is. The information you’ll find out about me on the blog is about the same as if we met in the street and decided to have a coffee. I might use a fake name for another person if telling a story about someone that wouldn’t want their name on this blog, and that would probably be because it was a sensitive topic.
I don’t think it’s a necessity to use a pseudonym if you are on the internet. I understand why some people do. But it’s not for me.
Do you use a pseudonym? Why / why not?