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Real names versus pseudonyms

  1. I've never posted on this sub forum before but decided to give it a go, after visiting Timethief's site for the first time. Noticed this post:

    I began blogging under my real name but was I harassed and cyber stalked. I deleted my original blog and started blogging again under a psuedonym. After someone very close to us went through 18 months of a living hell due to identity theft, my friends and I made a pact. We do not blog about our private lives, relationships with individual friends and family memebrs, or post any images of them on our blogs.

    I think this is extremely wise!! Ever since I first came online at the end of 2001, I have been cagey and downright paranoid about using my real name. For a long time I wouldn't even shop online for fear of identity theft, etc. and this was back in the day when "identity theft" was not the household word it is today. I still feel a little weird about online shopping although for the most part I've been OK. Just got an email acct hacked once and had a CC problem which CS quickly cleared up for me. Anyway, today I never use my real FULL name, only occasionally give my first name only (a common one) and if it's a forum or something where one's true home address and phone are not important, I'll fill in make believe info. I've had so many "screen names" for different uses, I've lost count!

    I don't post images of myself, family or friends on my sites either. Just my cats, and my garden... Anyone not from my neighborhood won't know me from Eve... I have never felt comfy about writing about my personal life, either. Now I'm even more glad that I never did, and don't intend to.

    Just thought I'd chime in and comment on these sage words of our friend TT...

    The Wild Wandering Girl ;o)

    The blog I need help with is wildwanderingirl.wordpress.com.

  2. I'm a photographer. I guess you have to use your real name, when you're in that industry. I use my first name only in my main blog. But I have other portfolios where I use my full name.

    I always get full permission before uploading a photo of a friend or weddings.

  3. If you would like to comment on my post then comments are open on the post and I answer every comment. Here's the link > Blogging: Real Name or Pseudonym?

  4. @noirciplume
    Sadly, your comment here in does sweet nothing for my post. :(
    Please, please, pretty please ... click the link to my post Blogging: Real Name or Pseudonym? and comment where it counts.

  5. I shall copy and paste :)

  6. If you would like to comment on my post then comments are open on the post

    Absolutely. I'm not much of a commentor on others' blogs, need to get used to doing that!

    noirciplume said: I'm a photographer. I guess you have to use your real name, when you're in that industry. I use my first name only in my main blog. But I have other portfolios where I use my full name...

    Since my own photo site is primarily a hobby/eye candy site, not really all that professional, no money involved, I wouldn't dare use my real name...I like the anonymity. :-)

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