Anonymous vs Identified Blogging...
I hadn't thought much further about it until I began reading a book in which the author starts a blog and keeps not only her characters but herself anonymous, or at least, she does for a while. I feel that I am pretty honest in my blog. I am, at times, brutally honest in my real life, so i guess it is easy to keep that going through my writing. But I, now, cant help but wonder what else I would say if my audience didn't actually know who I was. Would that be a good or a bad thing? This whole blogging thing has been so therapeutic. I had no idea the effect it would have on me. I have always written. I have always kept a journal of some sort. But this writing is different. Having others read my daily happenings or deepest thoughts is an amazing thing. So part of me wonders if it would be that much better if I were anonymous and could say that much more. I really have no idea.
I mean there are people that actually check in on a regular basis to see what I am writing. I still cant believe that. I absolutely love all the feedback I get. It is an indescribable feeling when you lay something so personal out there, something you cannot sort out within yourself and sometimes immediately get some one sharing their story and telling you they know exactly how you are feeling. I feel so terribly fortunate to have found and embraced this outlet. Everything has been idyllic thus far and I do not know why I am not questioning the way I am doing things. Am I being selfish? Thinking if I were to have gone it anonymous I could be getting even more out of this? Or would I hate it? I have always been a bit of a spotlight addict. What if still got praise for my writing and honesty but no one actually knew who I was. Would I be as satisfied? I still do not know.
I guess the reason I am writing about this today is because I am craving a bit of a response. This is a topic I would love to hear other peoples views on. Are you anonymous or identified? What are the pros and cons of each? Any additional views or opinions would be greatly appreciated. I love a good discussion, so anything is welcomed! Thanks and I cant wait to hear from all of you!
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