1. Breakfast at Lillys
    July 1, 2015 / 4:40 pm

    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

  2. Lucy
    July 1, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    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

  3. Sydney S
    July 1, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    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:)xoSydhttp://www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

  4. Madison
    July 1, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    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

  5. Lauren Scorzafava
    July 1, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    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! xxLauren Elizabeth Petite in Pearls

  6. Ashley Vickney
    July 1, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    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

  7. Annaliese
    July 1, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    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 Awww.southernbelleintraining.com

  8. Ashley @ Private School Prepster
    July 1, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    I love this, and I definitely respect your choices!XOAshleyprivateschoolprepster.blogspot.com

  9. Anonymous
    July 1, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    I, personally, am an open book. I totally understand why you keep yours anonymous though. I think it adds such an interesting mystery. Mikayla | http://www.aseersuckerstateofmind.com

  10. Chelsea White
    July 1, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    So cool to hear you found Jesus during a time of need! Hello sister in Christ! 🙂

  11. Fairy Princess Jord
    July 1, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    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!

  12. Jordyn Brown
    July 1, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    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, SSThe Southern Stylista

  13. Alex
    July 1, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    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.-Alexwww.monstermisa.blogspot.com

  14. A Peachy Sonder
    July 1, 2015 / 11:21 pm

    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.

  15. Cat
    July 1, 2015 / 11:36 pm

    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.

  16. Navia
    July 2, 2015 / 12:17 am

    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. Naviavulnaviajohnson.com

  17. Savannah Ward
    July 2, 2015 / 1:20 am

    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

  18. Southwestern Prepster
    July 2, 2015 / 3:14 am

    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, MikkaelaThe Southwestern Prepster

  19. Lauren Ashley
    July 2, 2015 / 4:55 am

    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. xoLaurenThe Fashionista's Diary

  20. Michaela Fisch
    July 2, 2015 / 5:01 am

    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! xoMichaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  21. Julia @ Pennies & Paper
    July 2, 2015 / 5:07 am

    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

  22. BluePixel (aka Sophie)
    July 2, 2015 / 5:22 am

    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. xoSophieSmitten Sophie

  23. Danielle Randall
    July 2, 2015 / 6:06 am

    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 sharingxoxo, Danielle http://www.glamrme.com

  24. Sara Holt
    July 2, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    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!

  25. cutie03xx
    July 2, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    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

  26. ELG
    July 2, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    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!

  27. Ashley Nicholas
    July 2, 2015 / 3:00 pm

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

  28. Bash Harry
    July 2, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    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 <3xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

  29. Sarah Murphy
    July 2, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Not a bad idea! Great reasons why.x Sarahhttp://www.bohochiccafe.com

  30. Allison
    July 2, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    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!

  31. Erica Ligenza
    July 2, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    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. <3Coming Up Roses

  32. Jennifer Megan
    July 2, 2015 / 10:14 pm

    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

  33. Diary of a Debutante
    July 3, 2015 / 1:45 am

    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,StephanieDiary of a Debutantewww.thediaryofadebutante.com

  34. Anonymous
    July 5, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    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!Sarahhttps://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com