Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Discovering That Your Friends Are Reading Your Blog

This blog of mine is quite a secret actually.

It started out as just a site for me to rant my thoughts, write down some stuff which I could refer to in the future, etc.

Over the months and years however, it has grown and grown.

I would dare say that I have not told anyone I know about this site of mine yet. It was more of an online community thing where I could just interact with people without them knowing who I really am =)

So I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a friend whom I knew actually visited this site. It is amazing because I know that he visited the site but he does not know that the author of this site is me!

That is simply amazing to me. In a sense, I am able to touch people without leaving my seat in the living room and even when I am no longer around, I would have left some kind of digitial footprint on the internet.

The problem of course is that people would never have known who actually authored this blog unless I reveal myself in due time.

This has always been one of the questions that I have been asking myself.

Should I reveal who I am to people?

Do people want to see a face to this blog?

Am I comfortable letting family and friends know that I am the author of this crazy site which talks about nothing but investments, savings, job rants, job search, my ups and downs, financial freedom, the things I buy and the things that I don't buy....

The worst thing is to be misunderstood and for people to think that I am this money crazy guy who is totally obsessed about money.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.... it is really something that I do not know how to deal with.

After all, I have noticed that a lot of successful blogs do make themselves known. This sorts of adds a personal touch to it. Even in today's newspapers and magazines, you will also get to see the photos of the journalists who wrote the article. Is this what is expected of me now?

What do you think?

7 comments:

  1. Doesn't matter to me, it's the issues and topics I care about; I don't actually need to know the "real" identity or put a face to an online presence.

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  2. Those who need publicity will show their face.

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  3. Will you be able to write as freely as before once your identity is revealed?

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  4. Also, the "consequences" of revealing your identity not only affects you but also your wife and your child. When it comes to issues relating to personal wealth, I would think it's better to be low profile. Unless of course you think revealing your identity is going to help you realise your 2010 blog revenue goal.

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  5. Thanks for all the perspectives. It really helps me understand some of the reasons why I DON'T want to put a face to this blog yet.

    I might do so in the future if there is a need to but at the moment, it does not serve any purpose.

    I do feel however that putting a face to it will get readers more interested. That's how it works for media. So you can see that all the prominent bloggers...all of them have put their faces on their blogs.


    My face is not handsome by the way.

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  6. Ya.. prominent bloggers who blogged about their life and take snapshots of them eating, shitting, acting funny... :)

    Your face not handsome? It's ok .. then your readers can identify with you mah.. :p ..keke.. Just kidding!

    My honest opinion is just do what you want. For myself, I prefer not to let people know who I am (as in the face to link to the name). But I won't mind putting a name like John or Crazy, you do know how many people out there are john or crazy rite? :)

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  7. Ha,

    That's true. That's why I just call my self FF for simplicity sake. Not crazy but just FF. It is much easier for ppl to identify with and it is free publicity for my site too.

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