Does Anonymity Bring Freedom?

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Does anonymity give you more freedom in expressing your true thoughts? The wild, peculiar, never-tested-before ones you hear tapping the insides of your scull.

I think yes.

The other day a friend said to me, “For long I have been wanting to write about a few subjects that stir me inside, but since they are either too bold or too personal to reveal, I don’t go ahead.”

That means he has consciously put a filter right at the place where creativity originates. As a result, it will only leave out the ideas that are non-controversial, and safe to share – not necessarily the best ones.

That is not how imagination prospers. Things offend others all the time, so if there is something you truly believe in, don’t worry, give it words. If you have trouble doing that with your name flashing there, going anonymous will help immensely.

It’s known that people judge others after reading a piece of their writing. That happens a lot if your readers are the people you know in real life, and you write a lot about your personal life. Therefore, unless you put a lot of checks in place, you run the risk of divulging something that you ought not to.

If using your name is making you constantly conscious of your image, and impedes the process of thinking honestly, you will produce a work less in quality than your true potential promises.

I am not promoting anonymity if you can write without being troubled by what others would think of you. If you can do that the debate is over.

People not afraid of anything while bringing forth the ideas they think are the best are doing justice to the art of writing.

But if you have to hide some and show some to be able to come up with something – best go anonymous and show it all. And, original ideas take courage to be brought out in the open. They are often first met with resistance and criticism.

So be courageous and write your heart out. Choose any of the ways but don’t hold anything inside. If it flows from your heart, it’ll make a good piece of writing, howsoever bold it might be.

© Sundaram Chauhan

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  1. Absolutely anonymity dose give you more freedom. Sometimes I regret not being anomonous at the time when I started it here. But then I think a lot. So Im okay with the way it is. People will always judge, but its up to you, how you react to it, that matters.I agree with your point, you cannot please everybody, so it dosen’t matter what your thought is there will always that one or two who will be offended by your opinion regardless of the subject, I believe it to be natural.
    So if you were to ask me until and unless you are offending someone, or lets say their religion, race and other things. I would never judge you. I will always respect your thoughts.

    Thank you Sundaram for writing on this topic. It was such an interesting topic.

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    1. Thanks Ankit! Yes, that’s what I think too. When I began blogging, I kept it as anonymous, and found absolute freedom in expressing myself, but then got pulled by the charms of posting with the name… :))… but true one has to be more careful about certain sensitive issues you mentioned. Thanks for leaving your view!

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  2. It takes a lot of courage to express freedom of speech using your real name. I admire people who can do as such. It takes great responsibility. I’m honestly struggling to be as brave as they are, so I must agree with this, sometimes being anonymous gives more freedom to say what they want but then credibility comes in.

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    1. True… even I admire the ones who write about bold subjects with confidence using their names. Though I am generally open but a constant thought of someone judging me just because of a certain sentence I wrote, or a topic I wrote about, always hovers overhead.

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  3. I believe this is the reason why authors used to write under pen names. I concur with you. Writing anonymously gives you the courage to be your true self. Thank you for your post, Sundaram. 🙂

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  4. People have a lot to say on this matter. 🙂 I believe it’s a thing early writers struggle with.
    People we know who read us can’t help but attach the things they know about us to what we write. Thenthings for them skew their perceptions and conclusions about this or that and then we’re left explaining ourselves in copious amounts. In the past that’s been burdensome, especially if they try to argue it with me, if they feel over exposed in my work or if they feel I’m expressing things they never knew.
    Writers need to find their own space, regardless how much they share with those they know. From experience, it can be a lifesaver for explicit creative expression.

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    1. True. People around tend to trace back the stories to your life. Then writing with all of them in mind next time makes it a difficult job. Anonymity gave me a lot of freedom and then I chose to come out of hiding and now I keep thinking if I am offending a certain friend, or any family member etc etc. 😁
      Thanks for sharing your view!:-)

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  5. This reminds me of when i was discussing the matter of having a journal or not. Many people would tell me: Well yes i would love to have a journal, but im too afraid that someone would find it. I would always counter this argument by saying: So what if someone found it? That would only mean that this person is one step closer to finding out about your true self.
    I feel like we are in a society where we constantly feel the need to hide our true selves, in fear of judgement. I do understand that its difficult to express your true feelings, its difficult for everyone, but I do believe that in the end you’ll just be one step closer to embracing who you truly are and accepting it.

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  6. Anonymous writing provides that needed needed space to air it all without any doubts though it should be used responsively, many cyber crimes is increasingly becoming a menace. This is a great write and thought!!

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  7. Being anonymous brings freedom and sometimes support from people who naturally wouldnt support you because it was you😕 (i hope i dont sound confusing). This is a nice write up.

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  8. Yes! I started out using my real name as I am not at all ashamed no of my husband. However I got attacked in a chat room and everyone started treating me different. I’ve also been attacked by his family in the past. I would be much rather keep my anonymity in blogging be and vlogging!

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  9. I agree wholeheartedly. I for one can only write out these personal things (and thoughts) because I know that people I meet day to day are not reading them. It makes me bolder and free to just write without fear of consequence.

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  10. At the beginning, I liked that friends and family read my blog …I encouraged them to do so because a) I planned to write impersonal essays rather than self-revelations, and b) I needed to know that someone was reading my blog! But revealing myself to strangers has been tempting as a way to feel less alone, and I may have revealed things I’m not sure friends and family would want or need to know. The delusion there is that they don’t know me already! Still, I think I’m going to re-read my blogs and maybe drop some. As for being judged, I think we are an amazingly accepting bunch and are very kind to each other. If that springs from “do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” so be it … these things can become habituated and are good things! I so like to see shy ones among us tiptoeing out more and more. It’s delightful to learn things about so many people I’ve never met and will likely never meet.

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    1. Thanks for taking out time and sharing your views on this. Yes, I guess all of us here with writing as a common bond, and reading as a common background don’t bother judging one another that much. It’s the real life friends and relatives that might read more than necessary between the lines. Thanks again for stopping by! Always a pleasure getting a drop or two of your experience… :))

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  11. While starting out with my own blog, I had actually got the first several posts ready by September of 2016, but got the courage to seek the green signal from friends and classmates and subsequently go ahead only by late March the next year. Sometimes, I have encountered people to misjudge me on the diction and vocabulary I use as being somewhat ostentatious, and those are times when I think of whether I should have started blogging, that too with the disclosure of my real identity, in the first place. However, keeping in mind the broader picture and set of outcomes of my sometimes personal pieces on disability and blindness and so on, and with my staunch view that brutal honesty and transparency is more gratifying than not, I stand by my original choice. By the way, I am not to sure I know you, but since you hapened to stumble across my blog, and thus I stumbled across yours, you are as prolific a writer as as you are a lucid thinker, the latter of which I care very deeply about.

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    1. Hi Bhavya! It’s such a lovely comment. Thanks so much! Yes, I found my way to your post and was touched reading about your struggles. Happy to see you paying me a read, and glad you found it worth reading in the first place. Thanks…:))

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