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My Identity is no Longer Entirely Anonymous

I have been anonymously writing about personal finance since March of 2006. If you’re a frequent reader you know I include a lot of personal information in this blog. I talk about where I live, what I do in my spare time, and how I spend my money.

Because this blog includes so much personal information I have always imagined that someone at some time would discover my identity. Of course, I always figured it would be a family member or friend, but today my identity was discovered by a co-worker. As a side note, I find it interesting that I almost never mention work in this blog.

An anonymous co-worker emailed me at OFG this morning. In essence, the email said, I think you and I work for the same company and I think I’ve met you. I emailed back a couple of questions about the company, which the co-worker answered spot on.

Given that information, I decided for the first time to reveal my identity. For a long time no one other than my husband knew about this blog. I blog anonymously for two reasons.

First, safety. You never know what kind of crazy people are out there reading blogs, and you certainly never know what a crazy person would do once they know you have a lot of money. Second, I’m extremely modest about my financial success. I think my relationship with friends and family members would change if they knew my net worth.

So when this anonymous email arrived, why did I decide to reveal my identity? Well I figured if this person had gone to all the trouble to piece two and two together then I should at least let them know whether or not they were right. Also, in all due honesty I was tickled pink to know that someone read enough of my postings to figure out who I might work for and who I might be. Of course, they have promised not to reveal my identity to anyone else, and of course, I am hopeful that this will remain true.

Even more interestingly this person remains anonymous to me. I am hopeful that they will ultimately reveal their identity, but in the mean time I’ll certainly be looking over my shoulder every time I step onto the elevator.

Anonymous :-)

Friday 28th of June 2019

So....how exactly does one set up an anonymous blog?

One Frugal Girl

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

It's pretty simple actually. When you set up a new domain there is usually an option to request domain privacy protection. This will keep your personal details out of the WhoIs search.

One Frugal Girl

Thursday 24th of May 2007

As a follow up to this post...

The identity of my anonymous blogger was kindly revealed. It just goes to show the world can be small in a very good way.