Blogs are great. You get to express yourself. Friends read it. Family read it. Complete STRANGERS read it, and that's OK with you. Even your boss checks you out from time to time.
The catch is, when you blog, you create an identity, and when you have an identity, things change, and doors close. Unless you're a blogger epic in stature, you lose the ability to spit fire and tell it like it is - employers today seem all too willing to axe you airing out your personal opinions on the Internet.
Everyone has had that special moment when, no matter how much you want to say what's really on your mind, you can't: maybe it puts your employment on the line, or maybe you need advice on something embarrassing you don't want your readers to know about.
Enter FearlessBlogging.com -- its an anonymous way to share, and sharing is caring.
Setting up an anonymous blog is easy, but this is easier. ;)
FearlessBlogging.com lets you post anonymously.
Yeah, it's that simple. Posts appear on the site immediately. Nobody knows you wrote it as long as you don't tell anybody you did. No passwords to remember, because there's no account / login system. You just post what you're feeling, share the link, or just leave and let people find it on the entry on their own.
No account system?
There was an early version of FearlessBlogging.com that had a basic account system integrated. It was removed a few versions later after some heavy thinking: if the data were ever to be stolen, the thief would be able to see what entries a particular account made. From there, looking at the aggregate of posts someone made, it might be possible to determine their identity or general where-abouts -- for example, if JohnDoe makes lots of posts about Idaho, you could make a general guess that he lives in Idaho.
As for why this is important, well, imagine you live in China, and you've made some pretty disparaging comments about the government there. "They" may be aware of the entryt in question, but otherwise they are unable to determine who posted it. However, if they got their hands on the database, they might be able to piece together an identity based on other posts the individual made, leading to the random disappearance of one John Doe Xiu.
The odds of someone getting access to the underlying data is small (very small), but it's easier just not to take the chance of someone leaving with anything useful even if they did get the data.
Is it really blogging?
Some people will argue that this isn't blogging -- that without a way to keep track of who wrote what, its more like digital graffiti. Well, I hate arguing. ;)
FearlessBlogging.com is all about capturing the spirit of blogging -- the frankness, the attitude, the style -- while ensuring that when you wake up the next morning you still have a job, your girlfriend hasn't dumped you, and your boss's "I only got this job because I'm family" son-in-law isn't pissing in your coffee pot every other morning.
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