Friday, 19 November 2010

Parents Anonymous

As Troutie I write anonymously and only a few people know my real identity. My family certainly don't read my blog and neither do many of my friends. My partner, Bushman, knows my blog exists but has absolutely no interest in it. He can't work a computer either which is just as well.

Lord knows what I'll do in the years to come if my children read my blog - but I'll just have to cross that bridge when I come to it. In the meantime though my anonymity is a luxury that I've come to treasure.

I'll admit that when I first started blogging I didn't really think about it very much - after all - you can always 'out' yourself if you change your mind and I've always kept in mind that if people really want to know who you are they can find out quite easily. As such, I try to maintain a balance between saying what I really think without causing too much offence. After all, who knows what the future may bring?

Anyway, the real reason for this post is to float an idea. A fellow blogger (and she's not the first) said sometimes she wished she had stayed anonymous. For some people however, its just not possible. So I thought how about guest posts where the blogger is anonymous?

If you wished you had kept your anonymity and want to get something off your chest drop me a line under the title 'Parents Anonymous'. As regular readers will be aware swearing, controversy and smut are all welcome here. I can't imagine there is much I wouldn't be prepared to post unless its trying to convince readers to join the BNP or something......

Equally if you aren't already a blogger and would like to dip your toe in the water then 'Parents Anonymous' could be for you.

I have no idea if this is already being done somewhere else but here are my rules.
  • Send me an e-mail with the title 'Parents Anonymous'
  • Give yourself a nickname/ghost name
  • You should really be a parent or a parent-to-be although the post does not have to be child-related.
And for my part:

I promise faithfully to keep your anonymity and any secrets you may impart (you could always use someone elses e-mail or set up a separate hotmail account if you want to be 100% anonymous). I promise to e-mail you a copy of the post before I publish it. It may be necessary for me to edit the post, or to only use part of it but I promise not to add anything or change the meaning.

I may have to add some rules as we go along but for now I think that's about it.......

So what are you waiting for?


  1. Great idea
    I have just recently posted about why I love it in the blogging closet (and blogging anonymously!)

  2. Brilliant idea! the bad thing is the more successful we become as bloggers the more people in our neighbourhoods know about our blogs and we don't feel free to let it all hang out. We are victims of our blogging success I suppose. I will put my thinking cap on for this

  3. This is a really good idea. My blog could never be anonymous now because I've given too much of myself away! But I sometimes wish I could blog about one or two subjects and know that nobody knew who I was talking about.

    I've got a post in mind that I would love opinions on, but I couldn't put it on my own blog because it would be read by the very person I'd be talking about!

    CJ xx

  4. Love it. WOuld be great to have an anonymous rant that had absolutely NOTHING to do with bloody gardening for once!

  5. Very very VERY good idea. Just stumbled onto your blog via London City Mum and have giggled my way through a few of your posts... would love to do this... will email you when and if I remember to do so. Hey, I'm a memory bank for 5 other bloody people... so might just flipping well forget. Hopefully not.... xx