Some of my blog friends have been participating in a discussion about anonymity, and it’s brought up an issue for me. I have a confession to make. Being completely technically challenged, I didn’t actually realize when I input my username that it was going to become part of my blog address and be available to everyone under the sun. I’m a bit dense that way. But once I did realize what was going on, I had made some nice new friends and felt like I couldn’t make a change without messing things up. Then I did (what was for me) a bunch of writing, and I really felt like it was too late to do anything.
I haven’t met a single person here so far who I mind having my name. I’ve been very fortunate. But I do have some concerns about the future. I don’t know how I would feel about people who live near me and know me in my daily life seeing what I choose to share here, and I’d really rather not have my current username. A helpful WordPress video showed me how I could change my username and even have all my blog information transferred over to the new address, but it also said there was no going back. And I don’t really know how that would affect things like having people who have already been kind enough to read my blog still be able to find me and having me show up on blogrolls and the blogging network.
So I’m going to do what I did when I first started blogging and just go ahead and ask for help. Does anyone have any advice? Is there a simple way to keep my current username from being associated with my blog and to still maintain all the rest? It’s not like I have a big following. Could I just put some kind of announcement on a blog post a while before actually making a change, or does something else make better sense? Should I post something in the comments of the blogs of people who’ve been kind enough to comment here? Is all this actually pointless, because now I’m officially connected to this name in webspace for all eternity?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.