Apart from my own reasons for starting an anonymous blog diary, I actually like reading other personal blogs. I occasionally browse entries on My Diary, Prosebox, Online Diary and enjoy them quite a lot. The ones that stand out convey strong emotions on things that can be hard to talk about.
Speaking for myself, processing thoughts and emotions through writing is not the same as consulting a therapist, but it helps. It’s a medium to release some of the darkness in my system. I can’t say I like keeping secrets, however, I’d pick that over being constantly judged and observed by the people around me.
If I’m being honest, it’s the people closest to us that we sometimes need to keep secrets from. To shield them, ourselves, or our relationships in general.
Despite the plethora of personal development materials, motivational quotes, influencers, all the talk about mental health – none of those have real power over our own thought process, especially when we are alone.
Also, not everyone can afford to pay for therapy sesh. It’s not even a thing in my country.
Top Secret Anonymous Blog Diary
Me: Let me give you some tips should you choose to create an anonymous blog diary.
This only applies to people aiming to publish an anonymous blog about life or stuff that won’t incriminate you when released to the surface web.
- Never add your anonymous email or social media profiles on your main phone and absolutely not link your mobile number to them. You know those “Add existing account” feature on social media apps, don’t use it. If you do, your profile will show up in your friend’s suggested lists.
- If you want 99.99% control over your site, pay for a domain and hosting. You may use free blogging platforms or online diaries, however, free services come with risks like having your content taken down or the entire service ceasing to exist.
- This is a personal preference, but if you’re living with anyone else, only sit down to write if you’re absolutely sure that no one will catch you blogging. If you’re living with someone like my husband who sometimes checks what I’m doing on my computer, you’d understand.
- Continue using your main social media accounts as usual. Someone without any social media presence is kind of more suspicious, don’t you think? But never ever follow the same people or like the same pages with your anonymous social media profiles. And if you posted something on your main social media accounts, try not to talk about it in your anon blog/diary/journal. I recommend reading about deanonymization here and here.
- Keep in mind that it is impossible to remain completely anonymous with the technology available to us. No matter what type of privacy any online service promises, if someone wants you found, you will be. If you haven’t already, take time to read this article too.
I don’t use (free) online diaries, especially mobile apps. Knowing how much personal/sensitive information our phones already hold, I don’t think it’s a good idea to keep a diary in there.
The safest place for your thoughts… is in your head (unless Lucifer stares into your soul and asks, “Tell me, what is it you truly desire?”).
But I guess wanting to communicate and putting things out in the open is human nature so just do your best in staying anonymous.
Just Do It
If you find yourself thinking, your blog sucks, Aria! I can do better!
Great! I’d love to see you create your own blog. Talk about who hurt you as a child and turned you into a monster. 🙂