Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. After stripping out multiple comments from people and my own comment, I’m pleased to announce that Mike of Four Pillars has won a copy of The Lazy Investor by Derek Foster. Mike has been a long time commenter at this blog, so it is nice to see him win something.
And since I have your attention, here is a short update on the site. The About and Archives pages should be working now, if you have problems let me know. I’ve also added in several new plugins to the site. You you might have noticed a recommend reading listing under each post now and the random Adsense links in the first two posts. I’ve also added a link to Chapters on the far right sidebar. That is a affiliated link, so if you feel the need to buy a copy of Derek’s new book and want to help me cover some hosting costs please use it (Sorry for those of you who use Amazon, I didn’t see the book listed last time I looked).
Well today’s post will be fairly off our usual PF theme again. Today I wanted to start an open debate on an idea I’ve had. Do I really need to blog anonymously or is there a time to step away from the mask? In the PF blog world we have both sides: some with masks and others without.
The reason this was in my head lately was I was interviewed a while back under my real name and the story was published. Yet since I don’t use my name on this blog I didn’t even mention it until now. I’ve been very careful to keep my two versions of me separate. Despite my best efforts there have been leaks between the two. For example, I know of at least half a dozen bloggers that know my first name and at least one that knows my full name.
In order to help me decide I’ve got a few pro and con items I would appreciate your help with.
- More simple – Less confusion for me to keep straight which version of me someone has emailed.
- Easier for business transactions – If someone wants to advertise on the site, it makes payment a little more straight forward.
- In longer terms, if I write a book, I’ve already established my writing under my own name.
- All my information will become a little less detailed to prevent ID theft
- Exposing my name could result in friends and/or family being upset if they realize they were a part of a given post
- Personal attacks become more personal. Right now it helps to have another layer between me and an attack, without my other side it will become a bit more direct.
I’m not planning a decision right away, but I do appreciate other people’s thoughts and ideas on this one.
As you might have noticed I’ve yet to update my blogroll yet since switching to WordPress. Actually I have yet to update it from my last site for a while now. I know there are lots of great PF blogs out there since my last update so here is the deal. If you have a blog that have existed for at least one month and you have a minimum total of twenty posts I want you to leave a comment with your URL to nominate yourself for my blogroll (you can also do this for any PF blog you read). Then this weekend I’ll review the enteries and update my list with those blogs I like.
Also for anyone who currently has me on your blogroll, can you please do me a small favour? Check your website address on your link and make sure it hooks up to the new site (http://blog.canadian-dream-free-at-45.com). I’ve tried to check most of your sites when I have time, but I know I’ve barely scratched the surface yet.
Thanks for your help,