In general many of the people who publish online write as themselves or don’t even consider the question of anonymity.
In some cases there should be some thought put into whether to write anonymously or in your own name.
Should I write anonymously or not?
Are you going to write as yourself or under a pen name?
The answer depends on how much personal information you are willing to put out in public. Some of the very popular sites are written anonymously for different reasons.
You have to consider the job you have – would your posts get you into trouble there? You have to consider your family in case you write about them – would they want their lives published on a public site?
You must consider what kind of information you will be writing about and how that may affect your life or your career.
It’s extremely difficult to be private on the Internet, but following tips should help you be an anonymous writer.
Keeping yourself anonymous
First thing to be aware of when starting is that when you buy a domain name, your personal details are available in the WhoIs database. Data like your name, address, email address and phone number.
Another option is to buy a domain name with Whois privacy. In the registration process make sure to select: Domain Whois Privacy.
When you add the Domain Whois Privacy to your registration, the only information listed in the Whois database will be of the host and your personal details will not be accessible through the database.
Other things to consider
There are some other things to keep in mind to keep yourself anonymous:
- Create all the admin usernames and author names in your pen name
- Create everything fresh. Don’t use an existing hosting account, but create a new account for the anonymous project. Same with Google Analytics, make sure the analytics code you use is from an account that is new and used for the anonymous blog only
I hope this helps you in your decision and gives you some insights into what needs to be done to keep your anonymity. Do you write in your own name or use a pen name?