How Do You Handle Your Online Identity?
This post was inspired by a film promotion I saw over at Shooting Stars Mag for the newly released Ask Me Anything, in which a newly graduated high school student chronicles her life anonymously on a blog. The film creators are interested in sparking conversation about online identity, so to find out more you can visit the film’s Facebook page.
I’m actually going to be doing both posts that Lauren is suggesting because I think online identity is an important concept for us as bloggers, especially after last year’s blow up after the stalking incidents and successions of author and blogger commentary about it.
These are the questions that Lauren posed. I’m going to answer them and I also encourage you to answer them for yourself on your blog, or you can leave a comment below.
Do you use a pseudonym? Why or why not?
I started off using the username charliegirlteachergirl because I didn’t want to put too much of my real life on my book blog. I wanted it to be about the books, but when I comment on some blogs it automatically uses my Gmail identity and puts it out there anyway…and I’m too lazy to not let it. At first, yes it bothered me a bit. Now, it doesn’t.
Do you share personal details about your life?
Do you share photos of yourself/friends/family?
Before 2014 I did not share much of anything personal about myself on the blog. I was even hesitant to put up a photo of myself on my About Me page.
Then I read a few posts about how getting to know a blogger was also an important element that could help or hurt your blog, and at the time I was really wanting to grow my blog, so when 2014 rolled around and I resumed blogging after my hiatus, I decided to take part in the 31 Day Blog Challenge and I shared many, many personal things about myself and my past as well as a boatload of photos.
Throughout the year I continued to share tidbits, especially in my Sunday Posts and monthly Chit Chat sessions. Now, though, after what has happened recently in my life I’m trying to reign it in a little on the blog. I have gone into a seclusion of sorts in real life, and I’ve kind of done the same on the blog regarding personal details. I really pushed my blog at one point to family and friends on both sides, and now after everything I don’t know who keeps up with it, and there’s nothing I can do to stop people subscribing and following and seeing what I share, so I’m limiting what I do in the real life realm of things until everything is on much more stable ground.