When I started this blog, it was somewhat anonymous. I always used my first name but beyond that kept it somewhat vague on purpose. Very few people in real life knew about it. Slowly, it started becoming less anonymous. More and more pictures, local race recaps, more of the real me than just some random girl who was training for a first marathon.
The blog led me to local friends by way of other bloggers. I've met speedy marathoners, great ultra runners and more inspiring runners including some who share my love of desserts as much as running - all through the connections of blogs and social media. I've yet to meet one crazy person or stalker.
Soon, people in real life started to find out about it. It was also pretty obvious that anyone who wanted to find out anything about me certainly could with just three minutes of research - my name, where I live, where I work.
I read a couple of blogs that try to be anonymous, part of me really wonders why.
At some point, I made the conscious decision to just say screw it and become completely transparent across all social media. I've come to the conclusion that more great things can happen this way.
Higher Miles Facebook page
Miles and Mutts Facebook page
Miles and Mutts
This is still a running blog so it's only a little sliver of my life. Work isn't discussed or really much else outside of running and dogs, but well, work, running and dogs pretty much sums up my life anyway.
Why am I writing this?
First, in my 'down-time' (otherwise known as lazy time over the winter during which I can absorb lots of bad reality TV while I'm not working out), I've discovered a guilty little pleasure in the show Catfish on MTV. I find it fascinating that people spend so much time and effort to be people they are not online.
I don't fabricate anything about myself online but do I come across completely as I am in real life? Probably not. I don't think anyone does. Kim has written several great posts about perceived identities before. I always love her posts and the topic interests me too. I'm sure I come off a little more as I want to be seen versus how I actually am but I'm still in the same general realm (I hope). :)
Second, I'll be in Chicago for a few days this week. Any non-stalkers in Chicago want to try to meet up? I doubt I'll have a lot of free time since it's a quick work trip but maybe a little!
Anonymous blogger or not? Why?