The other day my friend Ann Marie over at Household 6 Diva mentioned on Facebook that she was hanging out at the mall when a woman she didn’t know approached her to ask if she wrote a blog. Ann Marie was so excited to meet one of her readers, and I’m sure the woman was just as excited to meet her. It got me thinking about how much I would love to randomly run into my readers in real life.
But in the two plus years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve never run into one of my readers. Or at least, I don’t think I have.
Because I blog anonymously, most of my readers have no idea what I look like or where I live. I’ve often shopped at the commissary or sat in the waiting room at the clinic on base and wondered if I walked right by someone who reads my blog. It’s very possible. And for now, I think the fact that no one recognizes me is a good thing.
On one hand, I think I might enjoy having people recognize me. I’d love to sit down and chit chat with other mil spouses who read my blog and pick their brains for input. On the other hand, there are reasons I’ve chosen to remain anonymous. Privacy is one of them. I know, I know, there’s no such thing as privacy when you put your life out there on a blog for anyone to read. But by writing under a silly name and not sharing pictures of myself or my family, I feel that I can maintain a comfortable balance between sharing my life with strangers and protecting my privacy. Plus, anonymity gives me a little more freedom with my topics of discussion. I highly doubt I’d share certain details about my job if my boss knew I was a blogger.
Friends have asked me if and when I’m going to “out” myself, when I’m going to shed my anonymity and let it all hang out. I usually respond jokingly that I’ll reveal my identity when I publish a book and need publicity. But in all seriousness, I don’t know if or when I’ll ever blog as someone other than Wife on the Roller Coaster. I’d like to think that my name doesn’t really matter, that people read my blog because they feel they can relate to me and because they find my posts funny, touching, useful, or just simply entertaining. And even though it means I won’t be running into any of my readers at the mall and chit chatting at the food court, I think I’m going to hold on to my anonymity for awhile.
At least until I publish a book and I need the publicity. 🙂