“The life of Shakespeare is a fine mystery and I tremble every day lest something turn up.”
– Charles Dickens
When I started blogging I was planning on being anonymous. Unfortunately I didn’t know how to change my WordPress username. Everything I posted went up as Robert. Rather than starting over I decided to keep writing under my real name.
Nowadays almost everyone I know reads my blog, even my grandparents.
While I’ve never posted anything that I’d consider highly inappropriate, there is plenty of material that would raise some eyebrows amongst more conservative folks. I can’t imagine too many HR departments would be happy to learn that one of their employs was doing Nootropic drugs, and posting stories about dinosaur porn.
Writing under my actual name also forces me to be honest. If I started lying on posts people would immediately know and I’d hear about it.
I’m also prevented from doing things like retelling various sexual capers or posting other Tuck Max-esque material. I’m sure this has cost me a reader or two, but I’m not overly concerned.
If I didn’t write under my real name I’m certain that this blog would be a lot different. I’d probably end up exaggerating a lot of what I do, and I’d probably be a lot more offensive. I wouldn’t have anyone to answer to and I wouldn’t have any motivation to stay on my grind. 30 Days To X would be less of a documentary and more of a dumping grounds for my ego. Updated between games of Dwarf Fortress and bags of Cheetos.