June 17, 2011

To be Anon or not

So it's all about me thinking to be Anonymous or not on the blog!

I love blogging with my name. Kinda.. 'Mera blog hi meri pehchaan hai..' :) But the problem with that is people tend to relate everything you write with you. You talk of politics, half of your readers feel offended. You talk of society, relatives get upset. Talk about love, half of your friends have advice to offer. And best, if you write bold, you may have tonnes of stalkers. But who cares? It is my blog. I started blogging because a real close friend wanted me to share my poetry on a beautiful page. But back then I just wrote for people so made a  private blog. Moved it to an open blog - made tonnes of blogger friends. I still remember doing the everyday chorus of reading blogs.. commenting.. and blogrolling! and template hunting too... Hail orkut for all this. This blog had my unique first+last name and so many people could add me on social networking sites and stalkers could hunt me too. But then with a few stalkers came some real amazing friends. And I mean it! Friends forever. Yes I made a friend whose identity was fake. But then all others are precious and I am glad I met them. On the other hand, I have really loved few blogs without knowing the people behind it. Anon blogs are a bit like fictitious story - you don't know what happened and did it really happen? But I wonder how hard it is to not shout your identity. For me it is! To begin finding a pseudo-name is super tough. Or wait! I think I am obsessive about my name. :) Then secondly, after reading about how certain blogger was traced when he/she was missing led me to wonder how to post anonymously. It is a real pain to hide your  IP and use proxy sites every now and then. And of course, no personal means of blogging. Well for someone like me who loves everything from her own device - ain't possible. And even after this you got to worry every night what if your identity is revealed. Hell NO! Let's just tell the world - who are we. And that reminds me of an incidence when I started with my day 1 of work in India and in a week a random person came to me and said, "Hey are you Sachi?" I am like yes. And then he told me his blog which I loved reading. Trust me, I knew how crappy my blog was but still I felt on cloud No. 9 :)
So you see I believe in being open to the people - I feel a bit uneasy on how people judge you especially when I am so anti-judging. I believe in standing to what I feel or say even if I have to stand alone. But then there are days when you feel like blogging a event that happened with someone and not you - and that's when people think it is you. Isn't it the case with Love too? We all talk about it as if we have life long experience - some talk philosophy some talk history, well most of us talk poetry! So it doesn't mean we all are love struck. But actually it is us only. Most of the times we talk about our personal lives and that's how the notion gets attached. I feel it would be great if people just read you like a fictional character or probably it won't be. So by the end of the post, I am confused. And of course, following: to each his own!
To be anonymous or not.. just blog :)


Anonymous,  June 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM  

People will judge, whether you are anon or not. What matters is, do you let their judgement be right or wrong. I have had people who loved some of my posts, some hated them, some were indifferent. But I consider it an achievement that my writing could invoke such extreme reactions in different people. I once wrote a fictional story about a guy who gets addicted to drugs and kills his mother. Some com-mentors actually thought that it was about me, just because I wrote it in the first person! So, in reality, people are not judging you, they just interpret what you read in a way that they feel comfortable and can relate to. My mantra when writing, write for yourself but respond for your readers. Hope this helps in making your decision!


Sach! June 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM  

:) :) :)

That is why you are my fav. blogger!

And as you said.. so does every fictional thing I write gets associated to me which I completely hate. But I'll keep your words into consideration.

Scribblers Inc June 22, 2011 at 7:55 AM  

I love the template! And I love the blog. And as the lover states, I have been considered a grouchy fart, thanks to my blog. But then , thats me! ;)

Scribblers Inc.

Sach! June 24, 2011 at 1:13 AM  

@Mithun: Well I have loved everything about your blog. Says it all... :)

Jack June 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM  


As far as possible one should be open and frank but there are times when one needs to hide behind a pen-name for not own sake but sake of those about whom one may write, even with their names changed, as their identity should not be compromised. This is the case with me. I at times feel if you wish to share your feelings or thoughts but go private then what is the idea of writing here and inviting just few known friends? Once you are confident of someone, you may reveal true identity to him or her but in mails only.

Take care

Sach! July 4, 2011 at 4:52 AM  

Uncle Jack,
I am okay if people are anon but still true. I have issues when people like me who are not Anon are judged :(

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