When we began this blog 11 months ago (wow, I can’t believe it’s been almost a year!) we originally started out blogging anonymously. We referred to ourselves as “MissAdventures” and “The Mrs”.
Why did we blog anonymously? At that time we were still finding our niche and our comfort zone in what we shared with our readers. When we first began I personally didn’t know really how much of my personal life I would share with our readers. Would I open up my life like an open book? Would I blog about things that I wouldn’t want my family to read?
After a few months of blogging we worked up enough nerve to post our pictures on the blog. Gasp! Such risk takers aren’t we! But at that point we still were not using our real names. A few months ago I wrote about How to Start a Blog: To Blog Anonymously or Use My Real Name.
As Two Chics and a Blog has evolved and developed we have found that we really don’t share anything that we wouldn’t want our mothers, bosses, ministers, or friends to read. We also realized that the people we know in real life, the ones who have always supported us in other endeavors, were not the people that were reading our blog. Why? Because we hadn’t told most of them. Because we were still blogging semi-anonymously we really didn’t share our blog posts with our “real life” fans.
This past week we decided to “come out of the blogging closet” so to speak. We wanted to be able to share our blog with those that we know in real life and we want to connect with our followers online. Personally I feel more connected with a blogger if he or she is totally transparent and blogs using her real name and photo. Why is that? I guess I feel like I’m reading something a friend wrote, like I really know that person. So why not come out of the closet and be one of those transparent bloggers.
So here ya go:
My name is Crystal and I am half of Two Chics and A Blog!
Are you a blogger that blogs anonymously or do you use your real name and photo? As a blog follower do you prefer to follow bloggers who use their real name? We’d love to hear what you think. Talk to us! We love getting comments on the blog as well as on Facebook.