I have published a post on reasons why one shouldn’t blog anonymously. My language tone there must have gone in a way that ‘anonymous blogging’ is something that nobody should practice it.
Some of my readers were asking about it. I want to state here that blogging anonymously is actually fine, but in some areas.
Because there are some bloggers who are equally successful in blogging despite being anonymous bloggers.
The reasons why blogging can be done even being anonymous online
To start a new online project
If you want to see whether your project will be successful, you can create a similar model project and put up for testing.
But in such drive, if you don’t want your potential readers or clients know about it, you can resort in anonymous blogging.
The degree of being successful is usually low during testing period. But it would be fine as far as customers don’t know about it.
To write on controversial topics
One of the main reasons behind anonymous blogging or masked-identity writing is to bring out politically sensitive and religiously controversial issues in public.
It’s often done to pour out bottled-up frustrations on particular organization or a person for their unjustified mistreatment in the past and prevent others from becoming victims.
To protect your personal security
When you write and share things on public domain, the probability of all your readers agreeing to your views and joining your email list will be low.
Your personal security or of your things or your people will be at stake. We often hear content writers or bloggers losing their regular jobs for writing articles their employers or bosses don’t like.
To respect intention of your people
If I blog on controversial topics and my parents or brothers know about it, they’ll probably turn crazy of me – they won’t in any way love seeing me writing on such issues.
But I cannot let my urge to write on such issues die. So to reconcile my urge with an intention of my brothers or parents not wanting me to write on them, I can resort to anonymous blogging.
To make readers more curious
We cannot certainly say that Dr. Brooke Magnanti would have become popular if she hasn’t blogged anonymously from the day one.
Readers usually believe by linking with personalities of the writer. But in anonymous blogging, there is no choice.
However, readers will be tempted to know the real identity. And later when the person reveal identity, curiosity will fetch more attention and readers.
To avoid being held accountable
When you write on sensitive issues without hiding your identity and whereabouts, you’ll be easily caught to justify your views thus shared.
It may not be morally right, still it would be much safer on your part as well as on your properties and people who matter much to you, to write masking your identification details.
Therefore, in Bhutan people behind the website Bhutanomics won’t come out. Otherwise they should give answers for all the articles published in it.
No need of identity details
Some blogging niches are such that even if identity of the blogger is hidden or shown, it really doesn’t make any difference.
Like in the blogging niches of sharing jokes and satires, it’s not necessary for disclosing personal details. Your details don’t add value.
It will depend on the blogger himself. He can either blog in pseudonym or in real name. However, in banking transactions, pseudonym won’t work.
Pressure from other people
If your blog and materials therein become popular, other bloggers who are silently competing with you will falsely befriend you and then start seeking your helps and favours.
When you help others, availability of time for your blog will be reduced. And if you don’t help, you may appear demanding and egoistic.
The risk of helping others is that secrets of your core competencies may become known to them.
Greater level of Freedom
When you blog anonymously, there will be a greater level of freedom in expression. You can just keep on writing your true feelings.
You don’t have that fear of getting judged or being held accountable. They cannot trace your true identities and locations. Articles will contain your true feelings.
Blog is a Separate entity
When you blog without being anonymous, readers will treat your blog and things expressed therein as your views. In almost all levels, your blog and you remain as one.
But in anonymous blogging, since readers cannot trace your true details, your blog will appear as a separate entity.
In practical aspect, your blog then attains the separate entity status.
Avoid online Blackmails
When you become successful in what you do, there will be many who’ll bleed their eyes. They’ll try to bring you down.
Blackmailing you and disrespecting your views will be one of the many methods those con artists or cyber criminals will do.
Blogging anonymously will reduce the impact unto your self-esteem or personal profile even when someone blackmails you.
However, there is no thumb rule that bloggers should use their true identities by any means while blogging. It all depends on the kind of focus areas.
We can also blog under an assumed name. It’s just a suggestion that it will be better to follow either of the two methods depending on your areas of blogging.