09/27/2004: "Is it better to blog/journal anonymously?"
I'm starting to wonder if I should quit writing this blog (that's attached to my art galleries etc.) and start one somewhere like Live Journal where I can remain anonymous? It wasn't much of an issue when I first started because no one ever read this and if anyone did stumble on it, at least they didn't know me personally. Lately I find myself wanting to write about things relating to the business side of my art (relationships with customers, gallery owners, etc.) and I find myself holding back out of fear they could read it and get pissed off or feel offended and it could hurt me professionally.
The same with writing about things in my personal life now that I've found out my dad (hi papa), sisters, grandparents, as well as aunts and uncles...have read or are continuing to read this. And I can't write about fights with local friends, hurt feelings or misunderstandings, crushes, etc. because a lot of people I know (including work colleagues) have read or occasionally read, this blog. I promised myself I'd never start to sensor myself but unless I quit writing about everything except for philosophical manifestos about art, that's exactly what will happen.
I included my website address on my art show invitations and business card which I've distributed to tons of people, and realize that any of them could very easily check out this site (and blog) that makes me uncomfortable.
On the other hand, I think it would be hard to have an effective art journal and stay anonymous because how would you get feedback on work etc. I'm not sure what to do. How do other non-anonymous blogger/artists deal with this?