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How to Blog Anonymously

Deciding whether to lap up the limelight or blog anonymously can be a tough call.

Blogging on the record gives you a credible voice and a link to the real world, so readers know what you say is authentic. But if you're going to write about anything controversial, very personal or embarrassing, then it might be worth hiding under that paper bag and going anonymous.

If you do choose anonymity, remember that even very secretive bloggers have been outed: the anonymous bloggers at Diary of a Call Girl, NightJack and Girl with a one-track mind were all outed in the press.

So you're never completely undercover. A hack with enough time on their hands could discover your real name, which is a real blogging risk. So take a few simple steps to hide your identity and help yourself stay off the radar: 

 

Top Tips for Going Undercover

 

  • Do use a pseudonym which you don't use anywhere else on the Internet.
  • Don't mention personal details that might identify you, like where you live or work, your first name, age or those of your children.
  • Do set up a new email account to register your blog, which doesn't have your name or details attached to it.
  • Don't link your blog to a Twitter account which gives your name away
  • Do log out when you've finished.
  • Don't post photos. Especially not photos you've taken.
  • Do register a domain name anonymously. For instance, use The Online Policy Group to register a domain name. (It's safer to use a blogging host like Blogger or Wordpress) 
  • Don't ever post on your blog when at work.
     

If you're really concerned:

  • Do use a free email service like Hushmail that provides encrypted email accounts.
  • Do use Anonymizer or Tor to make sure your IP address isn't logged when you post.
     

For more information see Electric Frontier Foundation - How to Blog SafelyGlobal Voices - Anonymous Blogging, and Problogger - Anonymous Blogging 101

 

Last updated: 15-Apr-2013 at 3:03 PM