Should You Or Should YOU Not Use A Pen Name On Your Blog/ Website
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After completing my last challenge on the QSC couching Program I decided to do some blog hopping (blog commenting) which was an assignment given to us in the QSC.As I was doing that I would take a break by hanging out in the QSC Facebook Group. That is how I came across this topic posted by one of the members. It did cause quite a stir in the group with many people coming up with their own opinion on whether or not one should be using a pain name on their blog/website.
The Opinions of Some of the QSC Group Members
As I read through all the various opinions I noticed there where many in favor of using a pen name. Here is one from Marei Di that caught my attention and I Quote
Some of the best and most successful authors owe their success to using a pen name instead of their real name, for various reasons, mostly to do with their “target market”. J.K. Rowling extensively explained the choice of “J.K.” was intended to not divulge she was a woman, back when she was first published, because publishers and book marketers explained it would be better for sales that way.
George Eliot and George Sand were woman who would never have been published if they had used their own names. Others do it and did it for all the reasons listed above. Balzac himself published his first novels under a pen name, until he gained recognition…. All this to say that contrary to what you seem to think, a pen name or pseudonym doesn’t mean people aren’t dealing with a real person. I could list quite a few marketers using their real names who are treating their “crowd” with so very little respect that if they ever become serious, they will most likely have to start using a pseudo or work very, very hard to overcome their bad reputation.
Now I did not know all that which goes to show you how much I am learning from this group alone. There were others with different views too. I will not be quoting any here but generally they thought using a pen name on your blog/ website is being deceitful to your audiences.
My research on the topic
It was quite an interesting debate that intricated me to do a little research on the topic and this is what I came out with.
When You Should and Shouldn’t Use a Pen Name
If you have been writing on particular genres or niche and you want to switch to a different niche, using a pen name will make the transition easier for people who are already your followers. For example if you were involved in a weight loss niche, it will be easier for you to transit to say making money online niche using a pen name.
There are many names from different countries or tribes that are way too difficult to pronounce let alone writing in plain English. If you have one of such names using a pen name will make things better for your readers or audience.
I got this one from Kristen Jett from penandmuse.com. Just google “teacher fired for writing book” and you would be shucked at the results displayed by Google. Go ahead try it now if you want. That is right many have lost their jobs by simply writing books with their real names. That is why if you think your writing will affect your offline job or carrier using a pen name will be advisable but make sure you start the process from the point of registering you domain name. It might cost a little but it is worth it.
The list of reason may be endless. However I admit there are a few reasons for not using a pen name for example you might not feel good when people start talking or giving credit to your pen name than your real name for the work you put out. That is why you have to take in to consideration such out comes before using a pen name.
Now in my humble opinion being deceitful is not one of the main reasons for using a pen name because deceitful people will still be deceitful using their real name or not. It is a point of character that goes with such people. If you are a deceitful person using a pen name thinking you are using it to hide from the bad things you are doing think again. Come-on we are no more in the dark ages, there are many ways to trace your digital footprints nowadays.
Coming out clear
I for one I am using a pen name on this blog my real name is Winston Fuhngwa but I use Boris Qs on this blog and many other platforms that relates to this blog.I am not using Boris Qs because I want to deseive any one. Here is why. If you have read the about page of this blog or if you have been following this blog you most have understood that I am sharing what I had been doing using free platforms to make money as an affiliate and my present experience in taking that to the next level. That means I have been involved in many different niches with my real name before and this is my first time embarking in the make money niche which brings me under the genres switching I mentioned above.
It also includes some personal reason I really do not want to talk about here but let’s just say my wife recently made clear of certain point about persing this business that I do respect. Hope I do not get a fight with her this night or later on when she comes across this post.
To wrap up this topic I think using a pen name or not on your blog or website is a very personal decision with no right or wrong.
He is also doing this so you and again his mother can use it to make money online. He thinks this is the only way to proof that this is a legit business.
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