Pen name or real name?
When replying to a comment and you know the authors real name do you use their real name or their pen name? Authors: Would you prefer people to use your real name when they know it or would you prefer them to use your pen name?
I always look for real names! If I can find them by any source possible
~ They usually write it in their bio
~ Links like blogs or websites or facebook or twitter pages
I really like connecting to the person whom I address and respect in my comment... and I feel knowing the real name helps me in achieving that satisfaction!
Regarding receiving feedback...... It's the same.... would like it in my name...
If I know their real name, I'll still refer to people by their pen name on HP, as they may wish to keep their real name a secret on Hubpages. It's best to play it safe. Personally I don't mind people using my real name, I have nothing whatsoever to hide
If it is common knowledge, in their hubs or bio, I will use real, otherwise pen.
When I started here I used my workplace ID which was dahoglund. People used some rather creative variations of it when commenting. When I used my name for copyright identification some people started using my first name-Don. Either is fine with me. I generally go by what I think the person wants to be called which means what they use themselves. People in the off line world often call me Donald because they assume that is my name, but it isn't. So I don't change other peoples names.
I tend to use their pen name until they sign a reply/comment with their real name. Then I use that afterwards. For me I don't really mind whether they use Seeker7 or Helen. I have my real name on my profile as well as my pen name so I let other hubbers chose which one they prefer. Usually after knowing some of them for a while, it tends to be real names.
As an author, I'd prefer people addressing me by my pen name and would appreciate people not using my real name even if they know it.
I am of the opinion, if an author has revaled his real name, you may address them as such, else there is a good reason why some prefer and have created a pen name in the first place.
As others have said, if someone want's their offline name known, they will make it plainly available. As a matter of respect, I would only use someones offline name at their preference. I would ask my choice also receive respect.
I use the pen name because that seems to be what the author wants to be referred by on HP. I would prefer others to refer to me also by my pen name. I have not been on HPs very long so, unless the name associated with your Hub or question is your real name, I probably wouldn't know it anyway.
Because I am a writing luchador from parts unknown it is important that I protect my identity. So if people will to reveal my identity there could be serious consequences.
The fact that a person builds a website/hub on his/her penname implies that said person would be more comfortable if they were addressed by their pseudonym. Over time, you may develop a close relationship with the writer and he/she may even give you freedom to use their real name. But I still feel that we should respect the privacy of those who prefer it. Nothing wrong though, with using the given name, if the author is comfortable with it and does not take offence.
Playing safe is the best course of action.
I don't think it really matters to the writer but I may be wrong.
The pen name of the author is usually best to use if you are uncertain.
I usually use a real name if I know it. As an author with my real name out there already I prefer that over any derogatory term, hahaha.
As an author I prefer my pen name. The only reason is because of identity purposes. I don't want people looking me up; especially if that person is into identity theft, stalking etc.
If I know they use their real name I will often use their real name but most of the time I use their pen name because I'm horrible with remembering names ha ha. I use my real name, just to keep it simple!
When I was a relatively respectable editor, I started using pen names so that my own name wouldn't be everywhere and I could reserve the original for pontificating and making an effort at being taken seriously. Each of my pen names had an individual perspective and writing style. I need help keeping them straight, and referring to them by the appropriate name does that.
For friends and family who know my multiple personalities--which seems to give them great pleasure by the way, referring to each by pen name has always seemed to be natural, and I never thought much about it.
by Erica Sanchez 9 years ago
What does your pen name mean and why did you choose it?Well My pen name is bellawritter23!Bella as we all know Beautiful in Italian....My grandfather would call me his niña bella, so it kind of stuck as I grew. Writter.... with a double tt because hubpages would not allow me to duplicate a pen name...
by Imogen French 9 years ago
Is it best to use a pen name or your real name on HP, and how easy is it to change your user name?I am considering a change of name here on HP, and wondering what the implications would be. Has anybody done it, or have an opinion about it?
by William Benner 9 years ago
How many of you Authors use a pen name and why?I been thinking of using a pen name and was wondering how many Authors at HP use pen names.
by Elizabeth Fairweather 5 years ago
What are your thoughts on this? I do use a pen name and I'm really torn about it. On the one hand it's convenient so that my private/public life are kept separate and I find I don't have to censor myself while writing. On the other hand, I sometimes wonder if I am not cheating...
by John Coviello 10 years ago
I am considering publishing a novel under a pen name. I'd like to set up author pages where it is published. Where can I find a legal photo of someone else that I can use as the image that goes with my pen name author profile? Thanks!
by Geri McClymont 7 years ago
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a pen name as a writer on HubPages (or as a writer in general)? Also, does using a pen name impact your ability to defend/claim your work if it's stolen?
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