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!