Blogging is a fun hobby. I get to say whatever I please and some folks find my rants interesting enough to read and comment on. It's a good gig. However, like many other personal finance bloggers I choose to write my posts under a pseudonym: Shadox. I chose to use that specific pseudonym because it was the name I used for one of my characters in a massively multiplayer online game. But never mind that. Let me tell you why I choose to blog anonymously:
Honesty - I am an executive with a high-tech start-up. If I wrote under my own name I would need to seriously watch what it is that I write about. I would also not feel comfortable being completely honest in my blog posts. Hiding behind my nom-de-guerre gives me the freedom to be both honest and to write about any topic which crosses my mind. This, after all, is the only reason writing this blog is worth doing in the first place.
Career - I shudder when I see what some people put on their online profiles. I am extremely careful about how I manage my online persona, knowing full well that any potential employer, business partner or employee could Google my name and find out everything people are saying about me online. No embarrassing pictures of me online (well, to my knowledge, at least). Google is forever... once you put something out there on the net you can never take it back. I am very conscious of this.
Privacy - by its very nature, personal finance is... personal. I would like to have the ability to talk about my personal financial situation without worrying that this information could be used against me.
Those seem like good enough reasons to me. What do you think?
Here are some posts from other PF bloggers who blog anonymously:
Frugal Zeitgeist talks about what happens when school fund raisers go the office. You know, I hate these about as much as I hate signing those stupid birthday cards for everyone in the office. We have 40 people working for our company, so it's about once a week I need to come up with some witty remark. Birthdays should be banned. Incidentally, my birthday is next week.
Silicon Valley Blogger notes that entrepreneurs think differently. Yup. More often than not they have to ignore everyone's advice and start that business anyway. They also pretty much HAVE to be hopelessly optimistic.
Check out these PF blog carnivals in which I particiapted over the past week: Carnival of Personal Finance; Festival of Frugality; and Money Hacks Carnival.
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