Does blogging anonymously work? It’s a question I’ve seen asked a lot over the last year, and it’s one that doesn’t seem to have any one answer. Some say yes, some say no, some say it can if you take certain things into account, some say it can as a hobby but not a business.
So what is the answer? I really think it can work as well as any other way – if you put the time and effort in, why wouldn’t it work?
A lot of people much more clued up than me insist you need a photograph of yourself – at the very least on your about me page, and ideally in your side bar too. Plus on all you social media accounts.
It took me ages to put a photo of me on any of these.
I am the most un-photogenic person ever to walk the earth. I am always the one who looks miserable/insane/fake/half asleep, often more than one at a time.
I am always blinking, or looking away, or biting my lip or something. For that reason, I avoid being in photos at all costs.
The thought of having to look at a photograph of myself every time I write/edit a post, respond to comments or post in social media fills me with horror.
I remember one time, I unwittingly got caught on a photo. It wasn’t too bad. Because I didn’t know it was happening, I looked more natural and I was even laughing without looking deranged.
In a cruel twist of fate, some very bad lighting made it look like I had a huge bald patch at the front of my head. I swear the universe laughed.
Back when I used my logo as a profile picture, my blog still go traffic. I still had social media followers, and I still worked with brands.
Lots of anonymous bloggers still put personality into their writing, it still feels like them, and most have some sort of nickname so you have something to call them.
When I first started my blog, I started it anonymously. Looking back, I can’t even think why, but there must have been a reason. It didn’t take long before I started using my first name, it just felt friendlier signing off things as Debbie rather than Random Musings.
Then I began joining Facebook threads in blogger groups. I use my real profile which is obviously in my real name so that was it. I wasn’t anonymous anymore.
There was no huge spike in traffic. My traffic has grown, but I suspect the growth rate would have been the same without my real name. I didn’t suddenly get offered a Caribbean cruise, or thousands of pounds. In fact, the world kept turning at the same rate and no one seemed to care either way.
I think the key to growing your blog, anonymously or not is good content. If people like your writing, they will come back.
Some of my favourite bloggers go by their full name and have photos of themselves. Some of them go by nicknames and I have no idea what they look like. The one thing they have in common is that they sure can write, and surely that’s what matters.
So the sort answer is yes, I do think blogging anonymously can work.
Have you ever tried blogging anonymously, or do you still blog anonymously? Do you think blogging anonymously can work or do you think it holds blog’s back? Let me know in the comments 🙂