Anonymous blogging

Anonymous blogging

armchair blogger
  • single throwaway identities or a consistent but anonymous identity? is the idea to avoid being constrained by the implicit values or associations of a fixed identity? to develop ideas as art rather than as something that defines us? then one-off identities makes sense. But it may also be to speak freely on a specific theme where doing so could compromise our access, our integrity, or trigger biases which are the very motivation for the writing itself. E.g. speaking frankly about the venture capital world as a venture-backed founder, writing about sex work as an academic, or about authority while working in a corporate setting. In this latter case it might be fine to have a consistent identity, as long as it is independent of the identity through which you exercise privileged access to the topics being critiqued.

options:

  • create separate email address and sign up for any blogging platform (eg. wordpress, medium, etc.)
  • traceable - on platforms that truly have no accounts, you can literally lose access to your posts if you don't maintain your own index of them.
  • do you care about traceability or just dissociation?
  • shareable - how does word get out about this writing if it has no followers or friends?
  • what other considerations? maybe group blogging like for CRC?


platforms


Comparisons

  • https://writefree.ly/
  • https://guides.write.as/security/
  • write.as lets you create one-off posts AND blogs under a continuous identity.
  • write.as has some slick mobile and command line (!) apps (https://write.as/apps)
  • telegra.ph has cross-post features, but more in-post features. telegraph has images, free-text author names, and you can edit a post after publishing. write.as does not support images, but they do have blogs. both use local browser storage to enable editing, which means if you clear out that local storage you won't be able to edit posts in the future. having an account generally makes it easier to manage sets of posts.
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