I decided to write about pseudonyms today because they are near & dear to my heart. You see, I am a pseudonym. Bridget isn't my real name.
When I decided to create an online presence, I decided to do so under a pseudonym. I knew one day I'd be a writer and wanted my "brand" to be established before I ever got published. Almost ten years later and here I am.
It took me a long time to find a name that would work for me. I wanted something that I would respond to. Nothing worse than having someone call out your name and not turning around or acknowledging them. Now, people yell "Bridget" and I immediately respond.
I also chose to be known under a pseudonym for privacy's sake. The stories I write (if/when published) are of a spicy nature. A lot of sex, naughty words, etc. I grew up in a very conservative household in a very conservative religion. There are many, many people who would be horrified and horribly offended by what I write if I did so under my real name.
Yes, there are people out there who know who I really am, but I trust them to keep that to themselves. Should everyone write under a pseudonym? In all honesty I think it depends on the person. Many of my favorite authors write under pseudonyms. Close to their real names, but not real all the same.
I admit I enjoy the sense of anonymity I have. Yes, it makes making friendships in this writing world weird because I don't know how to say "Bridget isn't my real name," but at the same time, maybe I want the friendship to be on that writerly level. I don't know if that makes sense, but there you go.
Now y'all know. I've never hidden it. But I guess I felt it was time to put it out there for the world to see. My name is Bridget. And I like it that way. :)