From the title of this post you know that no matter the name, I’m a nerd. I thought the Star Trek reference was better than a closet one. All kidding aside, today I decided to reveal my true identify.
This is a big decision to bloggers that begin writing anonymously and one that can’t be reversed. I started thinking about it after reading Ryan’s thoughts @ Cash Money Life. I began mulling over the reasons why I started out with my pseudonym and if they were still factors.
I started my blog without a long term plan. I felt compelled to start it but didn’t know if that motivation would last one week. A year later I know it’s something I enjoy and want to continue. It would have been embarrassing to put my name out there and quit after such a short time.
Another fear related to relationships with friends, family, coworkers and customers. I didn’t know at the time how my writing would describe these people (if at all) and if there would be fallout. To my delight, everyone has been supportive and find it interesting (or at least they pretend to).
Why Reveal Identity
There are two major reasons I decided to reveal my name at this point. The first is that I have begun to receive opportunities for monetization and working with PR publicists that would be easier if not trying to hide my identity. I had to list my real name so many places for payment that it was getting confusing.
I used my “real” name when meeting the DC Bloggers and got the taste of being known as so-and-so who publishes Bucksome Boomer. I did the same thing last month at the Savvy Blogging Summit.
Who Am I
So, hi my name is Kay Lynn Akers. It’s a two word first name which may seem southern, but is not in my case. That picture above is from my birthday dinner last year. I’m really glad to know you all and let you know me.
Everything I’ve written about my experiences, family and finances are real. Now you just know the name behind the writing.
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