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Blogger’s Name – To Use or Not to Use

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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.

Advantages

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.

Disadvantages

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.

Conclusion

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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14 comments:

  manilenya

April 17, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Hehehe! That would be funny if your nickname is Guardian lol!

I am happy with the pen name I am using and it was so wonderful to know that in the first iBlog, some bloggers were asking about Manilenya ( and that is me yey!! lol!)

8 years ago when I started to go online, I didn't use my real name but when the time that these people became a real friend to me it is so hard to keep you real identity to them.

  Guardian Angel

April 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Eight years?! I think I was in high elementary back then...lol! You must be rich now.

Anyway, what I like about your pen name is that you do promote our country although I guess you're somewhere else now.

Thanks for dropping by.

  manilenya

April 18, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Yeah, I am working in Canada now. LOl! I started blogging almost three years ago and my blogs are actually not generating money, I am trying to do some sponsor ads and adsense now though.

But I don't think I am capable of doing stuff like you and most bloggers do.


Tama ka, I am promoting our country, that was my initial plan in my dotcom which started two and a half years ago. But how can I promote our country to other countries if only Filipino can read my blog right? so I decided to make a new one..kahit balu baluktot ang ingles sige lol!!

hehehe ang bata mo pa naman pala lol!

  Guardian Angel

April 18, 2008 at 2:27 PM

What do you mean you can't? Your blog is nice. You just do not how long do I spend just to finish one article to ensure that I will not make mistakes, but still I cannot avoid it.

Imagine, mga 2 to 4 hrs. ang isa, then may office work pa ako, di na nga ako natutulog e, para sa family....naks!

Thanks.

  Joey

April 18, 2008 at 3:42 PM

Hi, great insights. I've decided to use Joey M.D. because it's my nickname and I'm a doctor, but I didn't want to use my full name because I want to retain just a little privacy. :D

  Remi

April 18, 2008 at 7:24 PM

I like your blog a lot, and found this post very interesting. When I started blogging, I asked some fellow bloggers who told me not only to use my real name, but also to use my name as URL.

While I think using my real name was a good idea, I am not too sure I made the right decision for the URL. Anyway, it is too late now!

Keep the good job!

  Guardian Angel

April 19, 2008 at 6:11 AM

Hi Doc Joey,

If I were also a doctor, I will use my real name. That is if my blog contains professional medical tips. I think this is the best way to earn trust from clients.

However, since you have only a personal blog as I have seen, I supposed your decision is correct.

By the way, I did not realize you're a girl. Your name quite confused me.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by.

  Guardian Angel

April 19, 2008 at 6:25 AM

Hi Remi,

I wish I could visit your blog but I can't coz you did not leave a link.

Anyway, if your blog is still new you cans till change it before it's really too late.

But if it's already stable, then just maximize it.

Thanks for finding my blog interesting. Hope to see you again here, and hopefully with a link.

  Joey

April 19, 2008 at 6:41 AM

You may be right. Later, maybe. I'm not really too sure if I can, because our society (Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology) is quite strict about advertising/self promotion and I do not know if blogging constitutes advertising! :) I'm playing a bit safe for now.

Re: my nickname -- It's quite memorable, isn't it? :D

  Guardian Angel

April 19, 2008 at 6:54 AM

Hi again Doc Joey,

That was a fast reply. If you're in the Philippines you must be drinking coffee when your replied.

Anyway, that is a nice decision.

By the way, I send you an email through Entrecard and it's about my other blog Happy Family Matters.

But since you are here, I would like to invite you to visit it. The banner is on my sidebar.

Your nickname sounds familiar to me...like JOEY ALBERT.

Thanks for visiting again.

  genny

April 21, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Your tips are very helpful i like it. I guess i will some of your tips into my blogs. Thanks again...

  Guardian Angel

April 21, 2008 at 8:49 PM

Hi Genny,

I am glad someone is learning from me.

Thanks for the inspiring comments.

  ArticleSpecialist

April 22, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Hi Angel, I use my real name for my Indonesian blog network. I also use it as URL (with blogspot.com in the end).

For my English blog network, I use Article Specialist as my screen name and URL.

  Guardian Angel

April 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Hi Mr. Art,

Well, I think I have to use my tagalog nickname in case I plan to have a tagalog blog...lol!

Anyway, I like the name I gave to you...Mr. Art.

Thanks for dropping by.