March 15, 2017

Blogging with a Pen Name or Real Name

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.


  1. Well.... "BeckiYagh" sort of combines my first and last name, but it's not truly a pen name. I sometimes wonder what people will think of me. Right now I have something heavy on my heart that I want to write about, but I know it will bug some folks. I'll probably write it anyway.

  2. I too have some heart heavy things I would love to write about but can’t. I can see why someone would want to use a pen name. I’ve seen some people do some crazy things when they didn’t appreciate what someone had to say on their blog. There are some crazy whack jobs out there that would go low enough to hurt people because they think differently. I like your screen name because it’s a combination of who you are but doesn’t totally reveal the exact spelling.


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