From The Aardvark Speaks’ archives, “Why I’m against anonymous blogs” is a well written justification of why you shouldn’t blog anonymously.
My experience from UseNet was that people who didn’t post with their real names either thought they were cool, or they just wanted to provoke the regular group members and start flame wars. It’s the same with weblogs, really: Many anonymous bloggers are anonymous only so that they can, under the relative protection of anonymity, lie as much as they want, denounce other people, verbally attack anybody without having to base their writring on facts, and generally just write any crap they wish without having to answer for it…I suspect that most of them would never have the guts to post under their real names because they know they’d instantly lose their credibility in the real world if somebody reads what they’re writing….
I’ve talked about this topic before, and I have to agree. You can stay anonymous by not clearly identifying exactly who you are, but help us to understand at least where you are coming from and why we should 1) care, 2) trust, and 3) read. If you are pontificating about the rain in Spain or number of terrorists inside of the United States, I will want to know how you know this and whether or not to take you seriously.
I like how the Aardvark’s author says:
Finding information about the author before reading the weblog can help you provide a first estimate as to the author’s competence for writing about whatever they’re writing about. I say a first estimate, because the contents of the blog will invariably affirm or invalidate that estimate.
Who you are, according to your bio, resume, or simple About Page, is backed up by your blog writing. When I am impressed, or concerned, about what I’m reading, I will always check the About Page to find out if this person can tell me how they are qualified to be writing about this, and giving me a hint, if not the facts, about this person’s sincerity and expertise.
If I like what I read, then the odds are extremely high that I will want to read more and probably monitor this blog for future posts.
Whether or not you blog anonymously is up to you, as is the amount of information you provide on your blog and About Page. You are in charge of what you share publicly. Just understand that your audience may need some form of information in order to make a connection with you.