If I wanted to write under a pseudonym (or maybe a few pseudonyms) would I create my blog with my chosen name or legal name?
I’ve never been interested in writing under my real name. 🙂
Pen names or pseudonyms have a long and respected history in the United States. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pen_names is a list of pen names and who uses them – so don’t expect anonymity once you get famous!
As long as you’re not using your pseudonym for illegal purposes the only consideration is training your bank to take checks in your real name and your pen name. It’s been awhile since I’ve done this, but unless the laws have changed, it’s fairly simple. Just ask your bank how they want you to do it. They may mention an “AKA” which means “Also Known As.”
The same thing is true of a blog – you can use any name you want. If you’re self-hosting, that is if you’re getting your own domain name and blog space, you might want the billing under your real name, particularly if you’re going to have more than one blog. But the billing has little to do with how the blog will appear to your audience.
Do you use a pen name?
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