When I started GoCorral I intended to reveal almost no information about myself.
My plan was that if the site took off and people were trying to hunt me down in person for autographs or something I’d have the option of retreating into anonymity.
I’ve slowly revealed more and more about myself.
My initial posts talked about “the town I went to college” and now its just Davis, California.
I still haven’t identified myself or anybody within my life by name, but I’m sure a dedicated detective could put the pieces together and figure out who I am.
I’ve started posting videos of myself on my Twitch and Youtube channels. Realistically, I don’t think I care much about privacy at this point.
I don’t know many professional bloggers that maintain anonymity either. Notable blogs like the Happiness Project, Perez Hilton, and 538 all use the author’s real names (Perez Hilton is a pseudonym, but the author has revealed his real name as well).
Even the smaller blogs that I read like Squidi and Twenty Sided have the authors’ real names attached to the work.
Another worry I have is that if I revel my own personal information, inevitably some information about my family and friends will leak out too.
While I might be comfortable with a public persona, I shouldn’t be making that decision for them as well.
This is all conditional on the blog or video channels taking off though. There’s no reason to be concerned about privacy if no one is listening!
My current plan is to contact a few established bloggers and see how they juggle the invasive personal commitment that a blog requires with their private lives.
I can make a decision after that.
Until then I will remain The Talking Horse.