Why do many of us choose to remain anonymous in the blogging world, especially when it comes to plans of early retirement? Is it the fear of bosses and employers finding out about those plans? Is it the fear of being treated differently, as an outsider, who is no longer part of “the team”? Treated as though you are now expendable?
I am fortunate enough that I do not fear these things; rather, I just enjoy being faceless at this point in time. Many of my coworkers are aware of my family’s financial goals and I am always open to discussing personal finance with anyone at anytime. In fact, I have had several amazing conversations with my coworkers about not only my family’s plans but also their perspective on things, as well.
I do intend to reveal myself at some point in the potentially not-so-distant future…maybe after my braces come off and I reach my weight-loss goals in a few months? Who knows? Maybe I’ll just keep up the anonymity for awhile?
My wife and I have had a general rule that we don’t share pictures of our son in the online world; this even includes with our family via Facebook…the horror! I know!! Our view is this: the ease with which images can be copied, saved, and otherwise done who-knows-what-with doesn’t make us jump at the idea of having our son’s images floating around in cyberspace. Maybe this is some strange paranoia but he’s our innocent little guy and its just what we choose to do for now. And please don’t take this as judgment if you choose to share. We aren’t here to judge and we completely respect your choices as fellow parents.
I’m curious to hear from both sides of this fence on this one. Why do you choose to share…or not share…your and/or your family’s face and true identity? Also, if you don’t currently identify yourself, do you intend to do so? If so, when? What’s holding you up?