Hello! I hope your week has been going well. I can’t believe it’s Thursday already; it feels like it was just the weekend! I suppose that’s a good thing, right?
So you may be wondering why I’m “reintroducing” myself. Well, after many months, I’m finally coming out of the “anonymous blogger” closet.
I originally started out anonymous mostly because I didn’t really want anyone I actually knew discovering my blog, mainly for work reasons.
That was then, this is now. And since I’ve been making a go at freelancing, I figured it was high time I get out here and let you all know that yes, I’m a real person =). Plus, I usually tell people I blog, so it’s part of my identity now. No reason to hide.
So Hi! My name is Erin. (Yes, another one…I wonder if Erin’s are naturally inclined to like personal finance? At least I’m in good company!)
If you guys are too used to calling me EM, by all means, keep using it. I really don’t mind. I once had a teacher who found a way to abbreviate everyone’s names, so I became “Er” for that class. That wasn’t awkward.
I also used to like calling myself EM&M back in my teen years (those are my initials), which is even more awkward.
I’m hoping this allows us to connect a little more. Personally, I already feel a little more like myself on here. I know that probably sounds strange – wouldn’t being anonymous lend itself better to that?
Yes and no. Truthfully, I’ve been working on finding my voice for some time now, and I never felt like I quite got it right, so I’m really hoping this helps. At the same time, this blog feels a little more like a home, rather than some place where I’m seeking refuge. I hope that makes sense.
Either way, I’ve been inspired by other bloggers that have done this recently (most notably Melanie over at Dear Debt), who have consequently seen a boost in business. It makes sense: the internet is largely a place of anonymity, which is why “trolls” are so damn popular. Those that have the “courage,” so to speak, to use their real identity are rewarded. After all, words are words, and anyone can write them.
But when they’re attached to a name and a face, they have a little more meaning and power behind them.
Nothing will change
By the way, this doesn’t change anything. I’m still going to be transparent with all of you, and I’ll continue to share my monthly budgets. I believe honesty is the best policy when it comes to these things, and the goal of displaying my monthly budget is to help others realize they can do it, too.
I’ve never shared my income on my blog, so that won’t change, either.
I might just be more careful when mentioning R, and he won’t be making any appearances on here! You’ll still have plenty of pictures of my cats, so don’t worry.
I’m really excited to see what, if anything, changes from this, but I hope it inspires those of you in a position to “come out” to do so.
So now I want to hear from you…
How do you view anonymity?
Are you currently blogging anonymously? Why? Have you ever done so, and then put your face and name out there? What reactions did you experience?
Do you think blogging anonymously has its place, or do you think it’s more detrimental depending on the circumstance?
I personally don’t mind reading other blogs with anonymous authors, especially when it comes to personal finance. I realize that others wouldn’t be able to put their numbers out there otherwise. As long as the blog still has a personal feel, I still feel as though I’m connecting with the blogger. That’s mostly why I added so many of my own pictures to my posts!
Let me know your thoughts on blogging anonymously in the comments!