Why I Blog Under a Pen Name | Seersucker Sass

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Why I Blog Under a Pen Name

Today’s blog post is a little twist on my usual “Wednesday Wisdom” post – I’m going to be explaining the reasons why I blog under a pen name.


Seersucker Sass started out as an anonymous Twitter account for the summer that I was a Recruitment Counselor.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Recruitment Counselor process, my university required us all to delete social media, and there were lots of guidelines for spending time with any of your Greek friends.  It was the worst time in my life for me to do that – I was depressed, the man that I thought I was going to marry came out to me, and I was having a flare up with my chronic illness, so I moved home for the summer.  (I also found Jesus at this time which was awesome, but it was also a lot for me to process.)  I couldn’t bear the thought of losing contact with all of my friends, so Seersucker Sass was born.  (Don’t worry, y’all, I got caught and had to deactivate the account for a while.)

Eventually, Seersucker Sass branched off into a blog – A Little Seersucker Sass.  It made more sense to me to start a blog that piggybacked off of my “anonymous” brand, because I had a much larger following that way.  I also felt (and still feel) much more confident in my writing when I didn’t feel like I had to worry about taking a critique so much.  I was bullied severely as a child and again the summer before my sophomore year of college, so writing anonymously was such a release for me!
Blogging has been a learning experience for me, and I learned that if I wanted to increase traffic, have people repin my images, and build relationships with brands, I needed to start using photos of myself.  My blog has slowly lost anonymity, but I’m okay with it, as it is a gradual process.  However, because of my professional career and the field that I work in, I continue to leave my name unassociated with my blog.  When people Google my name, I want my work website, my LinkedIn profile, and press releases to pop up… not a silly selfie of me wearing a face mask.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong or unprofessional about having your blog associated with your name; it’s a personal choice and I choose not to.

The biggest reason that I blog under a pen name is for security purposes.  Once I tweeted about the fact that I was running four Instagram accounts – my personal, my blog account, and accounts for two programs at work. A few bloggers made snide remarks about my decision to keep my personal account separate from my blog account, but I’m a firm believer that some things need to be kept separate.  My boyfriend doesn’t like having his photo on my blog for professional reasons, but I love sharing his cute little face on my personal.  My little brother is fourteen, and I would just rather people not know what he looks like.  (1. People are creepy  2. He’s at that age where he kids pick on each other for everything.)  Do my co-workers really want their faces on here?  To top it off, I’ve received some super unsettling emails in the past two months, and I’m just really glad that my information isn’t readily available.

The thing I love about blogging is that all bloggers just kind of do what works best for them.  Some people are super confident in sharing every detail of their life, and others prefer that no personal information is out there.  However you choose to run your blog, good for you!  And if you know me in real life but have always wondered why I don’t blog under my name, now you know.
Do you prefer anonymity with your blogging or are you an open book?

Happy Wednesday, y’all!


XX,


SS

68 comments:

  1. I'm open enough, but not too open as to where everyone knows every detail about me.
    I like to keep some information to myself.

    The main reason I don't have a separate blog Instagram account is because I can barely remember to post on one, let alone two.
    Kudos to you for being able to handle it though!


    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. I completely understand! I feel like I'm a pretty open person (especially in real life) but I definitely feel like it's hard to put your entire self out there and feel comfortable with it!

      Thanks for your kind words, Jenny! Xo

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  2. I keep wondering whether to make a separate Instagram or Twitter, but haven't yet. I don't link my blog to any of my accounts, I enjoy my blog being a little secret! Plus in my line of work it's important not to be too open either.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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    1. In all honestly, Instagram can be a little bit of a hassle to switch back and forth with, but Twitter is SUPER simple! I understand your desire to stay anonymous for professional reasons :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me! Xo

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  3. This was an amazing post, thanks so much for sharing your opinion. I'm definitely afraid of receiving hurtful comments about my blog. But I realized how much I love this blogging community, and how truly grateful I am to be apart of it. All this overshadows a mean comment or email:)
    xo
    Syd
    http://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't the blogging community great?! I agree - I'm so thankful for it! Blogging has definitely helped me to develop a thicker skin.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  4. I definitely think it's important to be open and honest with your readers, but at the same time, not everything needs to be shared. Even with a pen name, your personality and passion for what you post shines through and in the end that's all what matters, not what name you use :) Really great post as always!

    Madison | All Gumption and Grace

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for your sweet words, Madison! I really appreciate you stopping by to share your opinion with me :) Xo

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  5. I love this! I personally couldn't keep up with separate accounts so it works better for me using my name. I defiantly keep certain details of my life off all forms of social media including my personal accounts (really just my Facebook). Although I do enjoy sharing glimpses into my life in certain posts. I know what you mean about including other people's faces. I rarely do this, and if I do I always ask if they mind before even taking the picture.

    It's surprising that I didn't go the anonymous route when I started my blog, as people had previously targeted me online to a point where the police got involved.

    I think everyone should just do what is comfortable for them!

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    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! Social media scheduling tools are a big help when it comes to managing multiple accounts! (Social media management is also a big part of my day job, so I guess that I'm used to it.) I keep parts of my life offline, as well, especially the not so pretty things involved with my health at times!

      I'm so sorry that you were bullied! You are such a sweet girl, and just knowing that hurts my heart.

      I definitely agree - if we all do what works for us blogging wise, it'll all work out just fine!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  6. I couldn't keep it all straight. Plus I'm going into PR and I need to show my employers that I can keep everything in my social media life professional. But I totally respect your decision!
    xoxo

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    1. Social media scheduling programs are a big help! I'm really thankful for my experience with running multiple accounts, because social media management is part of my job responsibilities.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me!

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  7. Loved this post! I never had an anon Twitter but my blog did start out more anon like as well... hence why I write under "Miss ALK" still. ;-) There's a blog post linked on my About page that explains why I chose to start my blog that way!!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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    1. Thank you, A! And I don't blame you for keeping that... It's part of your brand!

      I'm so glad that you stopped by to share your opinion with me :) Xo

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  8. I love this, and I definitely respect your choices!

    XO
    Ashley
    privateschoolprepster.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! So glad that you stopped by to share your opinion :) Xo

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  9. I, personally, am an open book. I totally understand why you keep yours anonymous though. I think it adds such an interesting mystery.

    Mikayla | www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

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    1. Hehe, I love how you put that :) Nothing wrong with a little mystery!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me! Xo

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  10. So cool to hear you found Jesus during a time of need! Hello sister in Christ! :)

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  11. I completely and totally understand why you blog under a pen name. My blog is associated with my real name and some of my more personal accounts that being said there are times that I wish it wasn't. I don't think I'll switch to separate anonymous accounts ao far along but I can see the benefits of doing so!

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    1. I think the separate accounts thing is all about what works best for the individual! I absolutely love visiting your blog, and I hope that you are proud of all of your posts, because they're so inspiring!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  12. I'm riding the line between anonymous and completely out there. I started my blog to talk about things that I was too embarrassed to share with the "real" people in my life because of confidence issues. But since then, I have become more confident and more mature and so I'm willing to share my posts on facebook and occasionally put my face on my blog :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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    1. We are riding the same line! Haha. I'm right there with you - I think blogging has really helped me with my confidence. I haven't gotten to the point where I'm comfortable sharing my posts on my personal Facebook yet, but I hope to reach that point sometime soon!

      Thanks for stopping by to share your opinion with me :) Xo

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  13. I always wondered the story behind your pen name. I totally get the desire for confidentiality and privacy, it's one of the reasons I never created a Facebook account for my blog.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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    1. Hehehe, well now you know! :) I completely understand your desire to stay off of Facebook. I went through the same thing for quite some time, and only caved recently because I felt like the timing was right.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  14. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. There are plenty of great reasons to stay anonymous, and the beautiful thing about that is there are different levels of anonymity you can maintain depending on your needs. More power to those who share everything, and kudos to you for sharing your reasoning!

    xo.

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    1. Girl, you are AWESOME at protecting your identity! I admire that you do such a great job at it. And I completely agree - we all have different needs :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me!! Xo

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  15. I have this debate all the time with my blog as to what information to keep public and what to keep private, along with what social media accounts to combine or keep separate.

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    1. It's all about what works best for you and your life, girl!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me! Xo

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  16. With me, I decided to attach my name to the URL and have it on the blog. I really don't write about a whole lot of personal things like I did at the beginning. Now I mainly write about the things that I am interested in: food, entertaining, clothing, working out, and some other things.

    In a way, whether you are writing anonymous, with a pen name, or your own name there are people who are going to try to tear apart whatever you say.

    Navia
    vulnaviajohnson.com

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    1. I definitely think it's all about what works best for the individual blogger! And trust me, I know all about that. I can always count on receiving a few condescending, backhanded comments on every post that I write. It's a shame that more people don't embrace positivity.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me!

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  17. I definitely respect your choice to remain anonymous, and wish it was easy for me to do so. I guess what makes it complicated for me is the fact that my audience includes my (very, very large) family, and I started blogging because of my family, so going back now and making sure identities are protected and concealed for readers outside of my family is just a big hassle! I know that sounds like a lazy reason, but there is definitely a constant debate about what to share and talk about on my blog!

    http://www.thealwaysblog.com

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    1. It's important to do what works best for you! I crave keeping certain aspects of my life quiet, but other people don't, and that's awesome for them! You are a very lucky lady to have the support of so many :)

      I really appreciate you stopping by to share your opinions with me :) Xo

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  18. That's actually a pretty great story behind your decision, one that I completely respect! Always do you, girl! I try to keep my anonymity at a medium level - I decide who I tell about my blog, and I ask my friends before posting pictures with them.
    xx, Mikkaela
    The Southwestern Prepster

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    1. Thanks, Mikkaela! I agree - it's so important for bloggers just to "do them!" I'm probably right there with you at a medium :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me! Xo

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  19. Love how it started! Also, I think it's great that you're starting to use more pictures of yourself. You're gorgeous and people are going to/do love you! :) I agree, though. It's hard when you put your whole self out there.

    xo
    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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    1. Lauren, you are the absolute sweetest! I am so glad that I've had the blessing of connecting with you through the blogosphere :) You are always so kind and helpful, and it is so appreciated.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me, sweet girl! Xo

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  20. Thank you so much for sharing! I totally respect your decision to keep things private but I love that you're starting to share your blog with family and friends because you're so awesome! xo

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

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    1. Aww, Michaela, you are so sweet! I appreciate your kind words :)

      So happy you stopped by to share your opinion with me! Xo

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  21. Sometimes I definitely feel I'm too open. People have my first name, the city I live in, and I'm not super secretive about events I go to or the college I graduated from. In hindsight, a pen name would have been a smart idea. I do try to be private and don't post many blog things on my personal social media.

    Julia | Pennies & Paper

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    1. I loved hearing your feedback, Julia! I'm so glad you stopped by to share your opinion with me :) Xo

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  22. Love how your pen name started! I completely understand having a personal account and one for your blog. It's all a matter of perspective and what we feel comfortable sharing.
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    Sophie
    Smitten Sophie

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    1. Thank you! And I agree - it's all about what's best for each blogger!

      Thanks for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  23. I respect your choice on staying anonymous. I think is important to do the things that feel right for you and no one else. It was great to read the story behind your blog name. :) Thanks for sharing

    xoxo, Danielle
    www.glamrme.com

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    1. Thanks so much! And I agree - it's important that we worry about what's best for ourselves instead of expecting everyone to do things the way that we do them.

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  24. First off, let me begin by saying, I'm so glad you found Jesus! He rocks our world! & in today's world, blogging with a pen name is so much safer. I wish I had done that when I started my little corner of the internet!

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    1. Thank you! It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

      My dad works in safety, so even when we had myspaces, he combed mine to make sure I wasn't revealing too much about myself. That really stuck with me!

      I'm so glad that you stopped by to share your opinion with me :)

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  25. I 100% agree with this post! I am also an anon blogger, and keep separate accounts for my personal use, and blog use. As my blog grows, I probably will stop being anon, but I enjoy it and thats all that really matters eh? haha :)

    http://wonderfulandweirdbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! It's your blog, so it's all about what works best for YOU!

      I'm so glad that you stopped by to share your opinion with me! Xo

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  26. I used to have a pen name as well. I think it was a good way for me to dip my toes in blogging. I really enjoyed reading your story!

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    1. I love how you put that! This has definitely allowed me to dip my toes into the world of blogging. Because of this blog, I felt extremely confident writing pieces for the blog at work.

      Thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  27. Privacy on social media is definitely important! It's whatever is comfortable for you and your family!

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    1. I agree completely! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :) Xo

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  28. I write under a pen name, surprisingly...because I agree! I feel like I need security and privacy in my life. Though, I realized that I'm not a public person either, and I keep myself private even in my private account. So I decided to switch over to focus solely on blogging. But hey, that's just me <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. I don't blame ya a bit, sweet girl! There are certain aspects of my life that I'm extremely private about, both on my blog and in real life. It's all about personal preference :)

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me!

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  30. Four Instagram accounts?! I run a few for my work and I really just wish Instagram made it easy to switch back and forth like Twitter!

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    1. Yep - personal, blog, and two for different programs at work! I'm currently back down to just the first two since I took a different job. I agree - it would be so much easier if you could flip back and forth like Twitter!

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  31. This is awesome, Dana. First off, I was bullied severely as a kid too, so I'd love to chat with you sometime about it all if you're game. Second, props to you for just doing what ya gotta do to feel comfortable! The internet is a ridiculous (and sometimes blatantly scary) place, so whether that means 1, 4, or 10 Instagram accounts...you do you. <3

    Coming Up Roses

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    1. Any time, sweet girl!

      And thank you! I wish that everyone understood that we're all allowed to do things differently and in the way that works best for us.

      Thanks for stopping by to share your opinion with me :)

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  32. For me I tend to not divulge super person details, but I do like to open up a bit because sometimes I find it easier than opening up in person to people. I totally understand why you would want to use a pen name though, and I feel like completely different things work for each person so people really shouldn't judge each other for what they choose to do.

    Jenni // The Beautiful Little Fools

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    1. I agree! I think that can be a double edged sword - in our case, our blogs offer us an opportunity to open up and feel comfortable talking about things. But other people use it as an opportunity to bash people anonymously, and that is just sad and mean :(

      Thanks so much for stopping by to share your opinion with me, sweet girl :)

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  33. GREAT post, love! I go back and forth. Sometimes I wish I'd stayed anonymous, but you connect so much more personally when you put a face to the blog name. Keep doing you!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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    1. Thank you! I think that one day, I will be much more comfortable with attaching my name. But until then, semi-anonymous I will stay!

      So glad you stopped by to share your opinion withe me :)

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  34. I blog under a pen name aswell (well, Sarah is my real name but Inks, not really - it just means Sarah writes haha!) I used to blog with my real name but it got complicated and I got anon abuse about why my blog was "ugly" and how they would come to my house and steal my computer. Like omg, grow up haha!

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah
    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

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    1. That's so mean! I'm so sorry that happened to you. I'm very glad you stopped by to share your opinion with me :)

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