I refer to myself as Bookworm (I am one), Ramblin Garden (I do ramble, and I sometimes help my spouse garden) and AM. But, nowhere on my blog will you find my true name (hint: it isn't Bookworm, contrary to popular opinion) or my photo.
And, that's deliberate. I like my privacy and I've hear horror stories about bloggers being harassed outline.
In fact, when I started out I didn't even mention where in the Triple Cities of Upstate New York I lived. But when a good part of my neighborhood flooded thanks to Tropical Storm Lee in September of 2011, the flood recovery became part of my blogging. So I did, and still occasionally do, discuss my neighborhood and the issues we still face, 16 months after our flood.
But, my name was linked to my blog on a blog post and interview done last year (with my consent) by someone who runs a yearly blog challenge. And, when I post blog comments using Twitter, my true name appears.
So, the time has come to ask my blog fans: would it help make a better connection with me if I had a photo and used my real name on the blog? (it's a somewhat unusual name, and I don't think there are too many people with my name in the United States - so, I would be revealing myself.)
I still hesitate to reveal myself so completely - at this point in time, this blog does not promote a book, or a business, or a newsletter. It is my exercise in writing and in photography.
Let's see what my fans say and then - I'll go from there.
Should I shed my secret identity?