5 Reasons to Use a Pseudonym (For the D.I.Y. Rock Star)
Originally published on October 17, 2017; updated on June 1, 2020
This post very loosely accompanies Gab & Jam Episode 129 (podcast: https://bit.ly/Ep128pseudonympod )
We’ve been in the business of being a “creative” for at least 4 decades now and although we have recently discovered ways to “transparency”—being open and honest to ourselves and to others—we are used to using pseudonyms. Here we are, now, knee-deep in blogging, podcasting, and YouTubing, where we have seen folks whose advice is to use your given name as your blog address. After we weighed it all, we have gone back to our original position that, as an artistic pursuit, an artist needs a pseudonym.
What’s a pseudonym? It is “a fictitious name, especially one used by an author” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). (The example given on Mr. Google shows that Theodore Geisel is more commonly known as Dr. Seuss.) We have decided that it is not just vanity, but that pseudonyms do have some very practical purposes, including the following:
Here are 5 Reasons to Use a Pseudonym:
1. Expresses a Multi-Faceted Personality:
If one has as a multi-faceted personality as we do, there is no way that one name—a name that we did not even give ourselves, but was given to us at