Monday, February 11, 2013




For reasons best known to them, many Bloggers hide behind masks of anonymity.

They blog under fictitious identities using fancy nom de plumes or “handles”.  

Their blogs have chic and swanky titles which bear no correlation to the content of their blogs. 

Some use names of great literary persons and works from history as pseudonyms (handles) and others use catchy monikers which bear no resemblance whatsoever to their actual personalities.

Why are some bloggers reluctant to give a “face” to their blogs?

What was the need to blog “anonymously?” 

Why hide behind a handle ?

Why are some bloggers are shy of giving their full details on their blogs? 

Are they ashamed of what they are writing on their blogs or is there some other reason?

All this lack of transparency results in a sort of trust deficit about the blogger and is certainly not beneficial to the blogger in the long run.


If you really wanted to benefit from blogging here are five tips for you to follow:

1. Blog under your Real Identity 

If you are really serious about blogging, you must not hesitate to mention your actual name and put a genuine profile picture on your blog. It is desirable to give your contact details too.

Be transparent and truthful about identity.

Is there any point in trying to blog “anonymously” or by using a “fake” identity? 

Who are you trying to fool?

It is best to avoid using fancy “handles” and exotic nom de plumes  nor does it make any sense to try and blog “anonymously”

2. The Title of your Blog must reflect the Content of the Blog

Before you name your blog, think about the theme or topics you are going to blog about. 

This must be reflected in the title of your blog. 

Do not confuse the reader and search engines with vague or fancy titles that have no bearing on the content of your blog. 

If it is your personal blog then it is a good idea to include your name in the title of your blog.

3. Blog Regularly

You must blog regularly, the more frequent the better.

You must aim to write one post daily - yes a blog post a day. 

If you cannot blog every day, be consistent, have a regular schedule and stick to your schedule - Blogging must become a habit.

4. Avoid lengthy Blog Posts

Typically, it is best to keep your blog posts under 500 words due to the limited span of attention of a reader when reading on screen vis-à-vis reading on paper

5. Ensure Good Quality of Content

Yes, content is the supreme factor that will attract readers to your Blog.

As they say - CONTENT IS KING - good content will attract and retain readers.

Happy Blogging

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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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