I do blog under a pseudonym. It is not my real name and the reason to do so was that I wanted to keep my identity private. Blogging anonymously gives me that blanket of security where I don’t have to worry about people harassing me for my views.
All those who read my posts can hold me accountable for my words. I answer criticism about my writing, but my opinion and views are mine and I have a right to hold them.
Another good thing about anonymity is that it is liberating. You don’t worry that your family or friends will read it and will judge you. You can step out of the conventional boundaries and try new things. It took me a while to write about things that weren’t in my comfort zone, but I was able to do so because I was blogging anonymously.
Anonymity also protects the privacy of my family and that is very important to me.
I know a lot of bloggers on the WordPress community who are using their own name and sharing some family details here too. That is perfectly okay too as long as they are comfortable doing it. We all have to find our comfort level in the blogosphere and go accordingly.
The end shot; Do your own thing but stay safe!