Authenticity vs. Anonymity

For a while I’ve been wanting to talk about things of the soul, speak authentically, and share my story. But when I created Owl Refinery, it was to create a place where I could do this anonymously — I didn’t want my name attached to it. In fact, I was close to just picking an alter ego and blogging under her name instead. (I like the idea of Stella or Penelope.) That said, I feel like I’m always back and forth about this so here are some of my reasons for currently choosing to speak anonymously:

  1. I value privacy. I’m a very private person and only share my heart with my inner circle. I don’t want people who I don’t have personal relationships with to know what’s going on in my life. 
  2. I want to draw a line between personal and professional. The lines between personal and professional are constantly blurring, but there are certain things that I’d prefer to speak about in private rather than sharing with everyone. 

And then there’s part of me who wants more alignment and authenticity in my life. So here’s in favor of authenticity.

  1. I want to be a complete person. Currently I have a professional fashion blog that deal with things more style oriented and this blog for things of the soul. I read blogs from women like Danielle LaPorte, Brene Brown, and even Elizabeth Banks and I yearn to be able to merge my identities in one place and be a complete person. Like the quote from Virginia Woolf above, I want to tell the truth about my life. 
  2. I want to own my ideas. It’s important for me to get recognition for the work that I do and being able to put a face to a name would allow me to have ownership of my ideas online. 
  3. I have an I’m a Mormon video coming out and I want to post it here. Back in November, the I’m a Mormon folks came to Seattle to follow me around for 2 days to create an I’m a Mormon campaign on me. And when it comes out, I really want to be able to share it here. 
Do you blog authentically or anonymously? Or have you found a way to happily marry both?

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