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As I came across to Darren Rowse’ post at Problogger about associating your name on your blog, I think I was right by not using mine. But I suppose it is interesting to know its pros and cons. So I read the long listed comments on Darren’s post and choose the best answers for me, including my own comment. I hope Darren won’t mind if I summarize them here and add some more of my thoughts.
1.0 If your blog becomes successful, your name will follow. It is easy to identify that the blog is yours. It is quite easier to be engaged in other businesses or if you have been invited to be a conference speaker.
2.0 Transparency is one of the best approaches to readers. They tend to like you more simply because they are responding to a real person. It is like baring all.
3.0 It personalizes your blogging style more. It is as if you are just talking in front of your audience.
4.0 It is a better thing to do if your blog is to share your experiences and want others to learn from you. Say, if you are survivor of the 9 -11 attack.
5.0 It looks more professional especially if you have a very serious blog topic like health concerns and religion.
1.0 You will loose your privacy for sure. Although it feels good to be popular, there are times you wish someone does not know about you.
2.0 It is quite humiliating if your blog is not working out right. There are rude people around who thinks that teasing is fun.
3.0 It will not help if your name is hard to spell or write at Google Search. Arnold Swarzenneger is an exemption though.
4.0 It will be difficult for you to have a co-author to your blog. Your potential partner would not want his name not included in your blog.
5.0 For obvious reasons, it is hard to sell your blog if you decide to do so.
As I have mentioned in my About Me page, I choose not to use my real name on my blogs not because I want privacy. I use Guardian Angel because it is my dream to become one, and it looks more attractive in forums and signatures. Anyway, a part of it is my real nickname. No, it is not the first one of course. . But I do not hide my real name. I sometimes use it when I submitted articles for sale and in article directories.
Associating your name in your blog depend on how you blog and how you would like to be remembered. For me, including your name in your blogs does not really matter to the readers. It is still the content that counts and the impact you make to them.
But there is one pen name that I discovered that really fits his blog. It is none other than Article Specialist. His name really attracted me and I was not surprised that his blog is full of quality articles.
So if you feel like using a pen name or you are already using one, I made a post about it that you might find interesting to read.
Related post: How to Choose an Attractive Pen Name
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Article Source: Humane Blogging Tips
Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 10:16 AM Posted by Angel
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