Do you share your real identity on your blog? Why or why not?

I'm a relatively new blogger living in a city whose average age of residents is 76. The most happenin' place in town is the early bird happy hour at Bob Evans - their menu is popular because it consists of very soft, easy to gum foods like mashed potatoes and pureed Viagra. Not much happening here in this town, and I've lost some of my big city edginess and guard. I'll admit that I'm pretty naive to this whole blogging world.

I just have some questions for you veterans, because you know, I don't want to do anything stupid to jeopardize like the rest of my life or anything.

Why do most bloggers not show real identities or real photos? I've seen sites with nicknames, initials, lips, cartoon characters. It just seems silly to me to call my husband "S' or my kids, "Thing #1 and #2." I'm not a known felon, nor am I in any witness protection program. I haven't been an employee for a company in over 10 years, so I'm not afraid of pissing anyone off.

Is there some massive blogger identity theft ring that I should know about? Should I put the black bar over my eyes like in the back page of fashion magazines where they show the FASHION DON'TS??! I swear I don't wear daisy dukes with hooker heels....only with my CFM boots.

Maybe its the other way around. Maybe bloggers don't want their friends and families snoopin' around their blogs, because then you can't say stuff like, "My sister is a slut who would sleep with donkey ass for attention" (just kidding. I don't have a sister.)

Or MAYBE, just maybe having my real name and photo just makes me a prime target for sites like

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