I try and keep myself a little distant online, if only because I don’t want to put too much of myself out there… I think it’s important that every blog be you, your voice, but it’s that balance between sharing yourself and privacy that’s so hard to find and it’s probably different for every blog (and blogger).
This comment by cjwriter made self wonder if you should keep your personal details separate from what you blog so that ideas put forth would not be coloured by your experience. The idea matters, not from how it came about.
To self, background is really important. That’s why whenever visit a blog, the first place check out is the about page. Feel that can understand the blogger and thus the ideas better with some knowledge about the blogger as a person. For sure, your perspective of the blogger will be coloured with this knowledge, but it makes you feel more connected to the blogger as a result.
Anonymity has its appeal in which nothing else but the idea matters. However, there is that impersonal feeling when reading such blogs. There is only so much to go by the words chosen and ideas discussed. You feel connected by the appeal of the ideas, but you don’t feel as much for the blogger.
To self, this makes a difference in establishing self as a loyal reader. That’s not to say am not interested in anonymous blogs, it’s just that the connection is not as close as reading a blog with a good balance of personal details and ideas with thought-worthy appeal.
But perhaps the question is what exactly are our intentions for reading blogs. Are we seeking like-minded people for friendship? Or are we seeking like-minded people to discuss ideas without having to relate on a social level? Then we can have an idea of how much of ourselves to reveal in our blogs.