Most of the blogs that I read are not anonymous and I salute these people. I know that if I want my blog to really succeed (I do) then I probably need the support of my friends and social media but for now, I want to talk about the personal benefits of starting your blog anonymously.
When I decided to write a blog it was an impulse decision and very unlike me. I am not big into social media and I hate people reading things I write, so a blog has never really been a direction that I thought I would take. So why did I?
Since I do have a full-time job, I’m not necessarily going into blogging to make money. It would be amazing if it was my main source of income but that isn’t my reason for starting The Appalachian Daughter. Like many people working a nine to five, I lack a creative outlet. I like my job but it isn’t really something that I am passionate about. I need something that is mine, something that I can look at and be proud of even if I am the only one that sees. So, I decided to go for it.
What I have discovered from writing is that you really have to put yourself out there and feel confident in what you are creating. If you are a little bit uncomfortable with sharing your thoughts or opinions then this could be difficult. By keeping my name off of my blog I have pushed myself further and I have been able to write from the heart without worrying what people might think.
I saw the benefits of this immediately. I feel lighter, more confident and I am happier. I don’t just get up and go to work now, I am excited because I get to write for my blog :). I doubt I would feel this way if I was worried about what everyone else was thinking.
When you read articles about how to write a successful blog they often talk about needing a specific theme or “direction”. “What is your audience and what can you give them”? I am sure that those articles are correct and these are definitely things to consider. However, I would like to argue that worrying about your audience over yourself and your passion may set you up for failure. I am still making big changes to my blog and I have new ideas every day but I don’t need direction or a specific theme right now. I am fulfilling a much greater need for myself.
So if you are new to blogging or if you are considering starting a blog of your own I encourage you to keep it anonymous for a little while. You may have a great game plan but I bet you will change your mind after you really get going. I would suggest you really make sure that you are writing for yourself rather than your audience. If you do this then it won’t matter if you are raking in new followers or thousands of views. You will be doing it because it makes you happy and your blog will reflect that.