At one extreme is choosing to blog completely anonymously. You can set up your blog so that there is little or no trace of your website ownership. You can write under a pen-name and never post your real photo. You can even mask your IP address so that nobody can track your location.
At the other extreme, there are bloggers who share every minute detail with their readers. In many cases, these readers know more about a blogger than the people who have actually met the blogger in person. They post photos of their family, write under their real names, and may even share personal details such as their income, faith, or deeply personal experiences.
As with most things, the answer for your blog probably lies somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. But it’s important to consider what level of privacy you want. Because once you make something public online, it is virtually impossible to make it private again.
Some of the things you should consider in assessing the level of privacy that you want to achieve as a blogger:
- Whether you are trying to build a personal brand;
- If you feel comfortable sharing your personal and professional life;
- Whether your friends and family may be comfortable being mentioned in your blog;
- How transparent you want to be sharing earnings data from your blog or the topics you document;
- Whether you want to create a publicly and likely permanently) viewable record of your thought, ideas, and experiences; and
- How frequently you plan to post.
The most important thing is to anticipate and plan for your level of needed privacy. If you are unsure, err on the side of caution, and initially guard your privacy, using the tools described in this article.