I was recently asked why I blog anonymously by @moderatemum as part of the Over To You theme.
When I originally started my blog, the plan was to blog for a week or two, just to get me into the swing of writing. I didn't tell anyone about the blog and I didn't promote it or anything.
Somewhere in those two weeks, I fell in love with blogging and decided I was going to keep doing it.
Needless to say, at that point, I had very few readers. My blog was like world's best kept secret! A few blog posts I read about blogging for beginners recommended Twitter as a good place to start for promoting a blog.
I went off and joined and it just made sense to have my Twitter name be my blog name so I was recognisable. From a marketing point of view, it makes sense to keep to the same name across all the social networks to build a brand, so as I branched out into others (Pinterest, Bloglovin, Instagram, Klout to name a few) I continued using my blog name, rather than my real name.
I didn't tell anyone in the early stages because I wanted to make sure I was definitely going to stick to it, and if I'm honest, to make sure it wasn't a complete flop.
It seems pointless now to start adding my real name to all the social networks and confuse matters for people who know me as Random Musings, although I do use my first name in comments and stuff so I think a lot of people now know me as Debbie from Random Musings.
There are still very few IRL friends who know I blog. It feels weird telling people now because it's been a secret for so long they would want to know why I didn't tell them sooner.
It seems a bit stupid now in hindsight, but that's pretty much why. I don't have anything to hide or anything, honestly :)
Plus I think sometimes friends feel pressured into reading your posts, even if it's not really their thing, and I don't want people to feel like that.
I hope that clears it up a little :)
Follow me on Twitter @randommusings29 and feel free to comment, even if it's just to tell me this sounds a little crazy :)