Over the last four years I’ve been blogging, I’ve struggled with whether I should remain cloaked in anonymity, or if “coming out” on my blog was the right thing to do. Obviously, I chose the latter; it’s a calculated risk, but also me accepting responsibility for my words—whether I’m being praised or chastised. So that’s what we’re talking about for Friend Friday* this week: privacy and the role it plays in blogging.
We were asked:
- Do you think privacy is something we should worry about as bloggers?
- Do you use your real name or a pen name? What was behind that decision?
- How much personal information do you reveal about your life beyond the blog?
- What will you never reveal?
- As bloggers, we have to an extent made ourselves ‘public’ figures. But still there are things that are intimate to each of us that does not need to be known by anyone that stumbles across our blog. How do you determine what is appropriate for public consumption and what is private to you?
What I neglected to mention: I’d never, ever join Foursquare or allow geo-location of Tweets. That is just nuts. I don’t think it’s safe for bloggers to reveal their exact whereabouts.
*The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Katy of Modly Chic sends us questions weekly, and we answer on our blogs.