Having a creative, catchy blog name is important. You want your name to capture what your blog is about in a nutshell. It’s your first impression and is a very important part of your blog. But it is not YOUR name. When you see other bloggers at a conference, do you want them calling you “Healthy Fit Fashionista Mama” or “Jen”? If you don’t display your name anywhere on your blog, how do people know what it is? I am not saying that it’s a bad thing if people associate you with your blog name, it’s just that you want them to know that you have a real name as well.
What are some things you can do to work your real name into your blog? It’s really quite simple actually. There are a couple of places that you can and should use your real name. Doing just one of these things will give your blog a personal touch and will give you a name separate from your blog’s name!
• Include your name in the first sentence or two of your “About Page”.
(also see The Importance of an Easily Accessible About Me Page)
• If you have a welcome message in your sidebar, include your name in that.
• Consider making a small “signature” that you include at the end of every post. (don’t go too crazy with these)
• Make your Blogger profile’s display name your actual name. When you’re leaving comments on other blogs, you’ll come across as much more personal, which is a good thing. Plus, if people click through to your blog, they already know your name!
Just by doing one (or more) of those things, your readers and blogging buddies will see you as a person with a name, instead of whatever your blog name is.
What do you think? Do you care if people know your real name? Tell me!