Tips for Your Anonymous Blog Content

By Amy Lupold Bair

You are far more likely to be identified because of what you are writing or posting in your anonymous blog than anything else. Be extremely careful about details that provide clues to who you are, where you are, what you do, and so on.

Be very cautious about giving specifics. Here are six examples:

  • The number of employees in your workplace
  • Your geographic location
  • Your profession
  • The stores you commonly shop at
  • The names, numbers, breeds, and descriptions of your pets
  • The names of friends and colleagues

Any single detail likely won’t be enough to identify you, but cumulatively they may paint the picture for a savvy reader. This becomes a bigger issue over time: The longer you blog, the more information about yourself you have provided.

Remember that photos are records of a particular time and location, so if you put one on your blog that you took, you’re telling the world that you were at that location at that time. It’s a good idea to remove that photo from your computer and your camera card, and certainly you shouldn’t post it anywhere else on the Internet. You also want to scrub any meta information out of the image itself.

When it comes to your subject material, you should be especially careful to understand whether you are violating any laws in what you say. For bloggers, the main concern is libel. Libel is any seemingly factual statement that is both false and damaging to a person’s reputation.

Publishing harmful information about another individual is a good way to get him interested in figuring out who you are so that he can stop you or pursue legal action.