Blogging under an alias is something I started for a variety of reasons, including the fact that:
- I was unpublished.
- I was uncomfortable with labeling myself a writer.
- I wasn’t sure if this whole blogging thing was for me.
- I am slowing getting publishing credits.
- I’m growing more comfortable calling myself a writer.
- I’m still blogging – less as an experiment and more for a platform.
Despite whatever level of success I attain in either area, these are the genres I see myself writing in for the long haul. Considering the prevailing wisdom out there about author branding and platform-building, I should have an author persona for each genre I write in. Some people like Kristen Lamb predict that pen names will eventually go away in the digital era, but for now, like a lot of other things in publishing, pen names are still around.
Since I have three stories either published or forthcoming under my own name (and two of those are specfic), it makes sense to put out my historical romance (if I ever do) under a pen name:
Historical Romances ---> Pen name
Speculative Fiction ---> Real name
So now the question is where does my blog fit in?
Now occasionally I will talk about my historical romance or my speculative projects on the blog, but to me, these distinctions don’t really matter since ultimately this is a blog about writing and writing-related things (putting aside the whole writing blogs are bad argument).
I used to think I’d figure it all out when I had to. But when it comes to blogging or any social media presence, it is important to have a strategy. I want to know how I will handle my online presence now even though it’s rather self-indulgent to assume I’ll succeed in any genre let alone both. At the same time, I don’t want to make a wrong choice at this early start of my career, and have it haunt me later on down the line.
I don’t know. But after blogging for over a year and a half, after putting together so many posts I’m proud of, losing this blog or starting over isn’t appealing.
I don’t have any easy answers here. I’m still Bluestocking for now. We’ll see how long that lasts.
What are your own thoughts/concerns about the pen name debate? Here are some other resources for you to peruse if you are considering a pen name: