I am an anonymous blogger. You may know my first name, but you don’t know my last. You don’t know my children’s names, and although you may know the color of their hair, you’ve never seen a picture of their full faces. You don’t know my husband’s name, his title or rank in the military, or what branch of the military he proudly serves. You don’t know what state we live in, which YMCA we frequent, or what kinds of cars we drive. You don’t even know what I look like. You could walk by me in the produce section of the commissary and never know I was that girl riding the roller coaster. We are an anonymous military family, living an anonymous life. At least in the blogosphere.
My primary reason for maintaining my blogging anonymity is for military OPSEC purposes (that’s Operations Security for you civilians). Basically that means that I can’t reveal any bits and pieces of our military lives that would lead one to piece together a puzzle of secrets. More specifically, you will never know the details of the events that most affect my life. You will never know particulars about my husband’s deployment: where he is going, when he is leaving, how long he will be gone, what he will be doing, or when he is coming home. These are all extremely influential parts of my life, but sadly, unless you happen to be a reader who knows me personally, you will only learn generalities about my life. As a person who tends to lean toward introversion and secretly fears pubic scrutiny, I like hiding behind the façade of anonymity.
But I wonder how long my anonymity will be maintained. Next month I am attending the Milblog Conference. My hotel room is booked, my child care and travel plans are secured. As much as I look forward to meeting other military bloggers, I realize that my anonymity will be lost the second I exchange my first business card.
I don’t know how I feel about that.
Do you blog anonymously? If so, do you feel you can be more candid than if you provided readers with your full identity? And if you don’t blog anonymously, do you wish you did?