Back in June 2009 when I first started Beauty Swatch, blogging under the pen name of “Akisa” was my security blanket for the blogsphere. I didn’t know how people (both on the internet and at work) would react to the blog concept, and thought that life would just be easier if I didn’t put my identity out there.
If I had so much as an inkling that Beauty Swatch would get to where it is now, and the overwhelming support from everyone, including colleagues and numerous bosses, I would not have confused everyone with a pen name in the first place.
Whilst I’ve gotten used to people calling me both names, the moment I knew it was time to give up my pen name was when I started receiving interview requests from journalists around the world, and I couldn’t bear the thought of prolonging the problem I created.
My name is Yishan.
And from now on, my blog posts, swatches & comments will appear under this name.
You’re welcome to call me either names, although I may react a little faster to my real name being called out on the street.
Do you use your real name on your blog?