Fandango’s Provocative Question #92

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

Blogging anonymously This week’s provocative question is about anonymity and blogging. Some of us, like me, blog anonymously. Other bloggers reveal their real names on their blogs. Someone recently asked me if my reason for blogging anonymously was because I didn’t want to be held accountable or responsible in the real world for the things I post on my blog.

That’s not the case. I have my reasons for blogging anonymously, including having had my real world identity stolen several times. But that doesn’t mean I don’t take any accountability for what I write in my posts. If anything, my posts reflect the real me — what I think and what I feel. What I say on my blog is unfiltered, whereas what I might say or reveal to others in real life is situationally filtered.

So my provocative question this week is simply this:

Do you blog anonymously? Why or why not?

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35 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #92

  1. rugby843 October 21, 2020 / 7:24 am

    I tried to but it’s just not me to do so. Is that an oxymoronic statement?🤯 I’m a blabbermouth.

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  2. CARAMEL October 21, 2020 / 7:39 am

    I don’t trust the internet. Even if bloggers are lovely, I fear who else might be lurking with sinister motives in the public domain. So, I am will always veer on the side of caution and incognito-ism. Is that a word?

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    • Fandango October 21, 2020 / 12:27 pm

      Incognitoism — the belief that hiding one’s real identity behind a pseudonym is the prudent thing to do in the information age. If it’s not a word, it ought to be! 😉

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  3. Doug Jacquier October 21, 2020 / 10:46 am

    I can see why some prefer to be anonymous but I dislike the phenomenon generally of people hiding behind personas, avatars and the like so that they can say nasty things without accountability. Having said that, I don’t blog about family, friends etc. As for identity theft, that horse has well and truly bolted and those that don’t do their best to prevent it might as well walk around with a sign on their back saying ‘Rob Me’. 😉

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    • Fandango October 21, 2020 / 12:45 pm

      As an anonymous blogger, I don’t hide behind my “persona” or avatar so that I can say nasty things and not be accountable. When I first started blogging, I worked for a small firm that was run by conservative Christians. I generally followed the rule of never discussing sex, religion, or politics with those at work. As a liberal and an atheist, however, I wanted to be able to express my true thoughts, feelings, opinions, and perspectives without fear of losing my job should anyone at my place of employment discover my blog. Blogging anonymously enabled me to do that.

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    • Mister Bump UK October 27, 2020 / 2:40 am

      I happily blog anonymously and every one of my readers knows exactly who I am because it is embedded in the DNA of everything I post.

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  4. Stine Writing October 21, 2020 / 1:37 pm

    After posting my response I was also thinking about how I like to tell people about my books and the stuff that I make. I guess it would have been too confusing to not be me while presenting some of my things. That being said, I do have a book idea that I would use a pseudonym for just to protect the confidentiality of the people that will be in it, even if they aren’t “main” characters.

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  5. aguycalledbloke October 23, 2020 / 1:22 pm

    Very interesting question Fandango, and one l find provocative. I have a question lined up on Honesty and would like to include your own question within, are you okay for that? obvious l will award all notable credits for including your question.

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