This may come across as a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do kind of post. And it is, kind of. I want to make social media easier for you, so learn from my mistakes.
There are many blogs and books discouraging use of pen names, but I’m not going to do that. If you feel like you must use a pen name, then use a pen name. BUT use ONE pen name. Keeping up to date with more than one personality is hard. Hell, it’s almost impossible. I have three.
That means 3 times the blogging, 3 times the Tweeting, 3 times the Facebooking, not to mention the writing. I forgot to post a blog yesterday. Why? Well, real life happened and I was busy with a different personality. Believe me when I tell you, IT SUCKS!
I have reasons for all three of my personalities and they’re good reasons. Are they VALID reasons, though? Probably not.
Before you decide to use a pen name, stop and ask yourself: Is it worth it?
- With technology today, people can still find out who you are with little effort
- It will mean more work for you
- If you meet someone as your real self, will you be able to sell them your books?
- Writer’s meetings and conferences can be VERY confusing
- WHEN people find out, will it appear to them that you are embarrassed of your work?
There are many reasons not to use a pen name. You need to weigh your reasons carefully and be honest with yourself. If you still think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages, then go for it. But be ready to juggle and know that there will be times when you drop the ball.
I want to know: What do you think are valid reasons for pen names?