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Should You Blog Anonymously and How to Start An Anonymous Blog?

There is a lot of debate on whether you should blog anonymously. There are pros and cons of writing anonymously. In most situations, writing with your real name will help people connect with you better, and will help build your profile and brand. So, does it make sense to blog anonymously?

Should You Blog Anonymously?

In most cases the answer to this question will be – “No, You should not blog anonymously”. But there might be situations that might require you to blog anonymously.
  • You might need an image different from your real life image. Let’s say you are a management consultant/Guru, but you want to start a blog on controversial political views. You feel your political views might have negative impact on your management consulting business.
  • You do not want your existing audience/readers to follow you. Let’s say you are a celebrity author who writes fiction novel. Now, when you start a sports blog, your fans will follow you. But you want only sports enthusiast on new blog to build a sports fan community.
  • You have failed earlier and you do not want people to judge you from your previous work.
  • You are writing something controversial related to your work, and you feel this could have an impact on your employment.
  • You are writing something controversial that could impact your personal or family life.
  • You are not sure about blogging, and want to see if it works for you before you tell the world.
The list can go on. These are all valid reasons and only you can decide if being anonymous is better choice in your situation. Using Pen Name or Pseudo name is not new. This technique has been used by many renowned writers throughout the history. So, go ahead pick up a Pen Name, and get going. If you are still confused, you can start anonymously and later reveal your identity. Remember, the reverse flow is not possible. While you can start anonymously and reveal your identity later, you cannot start by declaring your identity and then going anonymous. Your online identity will follow you.

Dos and Don’ts of Starting an Anonymous Blog

Once you have decided to blog anonymously, you will have to take some safeguard measures to stay anonymous.
  • Do use a different email account for everything related your anonymous blogging. It includes not just blogging account, but everything else you use on blog like Google Analytics, Google AdSense, Contact form etc. Make sure there is no personally identifiable information (first name, last name, year of birth etc.) in your email account.
  • Do use a Pseudo name with no personally identifiable information (first name, last name, year of birth etc).
  • Do disable cookies while blogging and doing anything related to anonymous blog (such as commenting on other blogs). Cookies can be used to track your personal information, and can be used to reveal your identity.
  • Don’t associate your blog to your real social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter etc.).
  • Do use services such as TOR to hide your IP address. IP address can be used to identify you. TOR can help route you to different IP address, which would make it difficult to track your IP address. Key thing to remember is that you need to use TOR every time you post something related to your anonymous blog. This includes postings in other forums and leaving comments in other blogs.
  • Don’t use personally identifiable details and personal stories in your postings. The names or characters you use can help people identify you.
  • Don’t register your domain name. It is better you use a free service such as blogger. If you must use a domain name, make sure registration details are private.
The steps and precaution you take will depend on how anonymous you want to remain. For example, tracking you from your IP address can only be done by a law enforcement agency. Similarly, getting your information from your domain name provider or blogging host can only be done with a legal order. So, these may not be absolutely required in your case. But if you don’t keep your domain name details private, anyone can find it out using whois lookup.

Finally, keep in mind there is no full proof way to ensure you can never be found. You can only make it difficult. So, you should write with an assumption that one day your identity could be revealed. In fact, one day you might want to come out of anonymity. There are several real world examples of this already.


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