Do you blog with a pen name or do you use your real name? Which one do you prefer and why?
I have blogged with my real name and with a pen name. I can see the pros and cons of both.
When you blog with both you are taking credit for both. They are both public but one is known and the other is unknown.
Many times people want to write under a pen name so they can express themselves and be free of judgment in their personal lives whether it’s on or off the internet. Let’s face it, there are a lot of critical judgy people out there and it’s hard enough to fit in while the entire world watching your every move.
Sometimes the subject matter will drive someone to use a pen name because there are some things that are hard to express without feeling slightly apprehensive of what your audience might think.
There are many out there that use their real name and just GO FOR IT. They don’t care what people think and if there is something controversial to say, they DIVE RIGHT IN without a care in the world.
I have seen known people get in a lot of trouble for using their real names and suffer the consequences of future employers letting them go, or people snubbing them in real life because they said the unthinkable.
What do you think? Do you think it’s better to blog with your real name or go with a pen name? Do you care what your audience thinks? What about potential employers? Do you think they care? Does it matter?
Let’s talk about this! Leave a comment and don’t forget to link to your blog.