Recently, some of our favourite bloggers, Mr. and Ms. Our Next Life, revealed themselves after being anonymous for a few years.
They revealed themselves in a pretty fun way, which prompted me to ask Poopsie, “how should we reveal ourselves in six years?”
His response: “I think we should remain anonymous.”
I was quite surprised by this response and admittedly, pretty disappointed. I never intended for us to remain anonymous forever and was excited about the prospect of revealing ourselves one day.
Why We’ve Been Anonymous
Our main reason for remaining anonymous are our jobs. We work for the Australian government and with that comes some rules about our public behaviour. While of course we have private lives and use social media, there are restrictions about what we can do/say on public forums and social media which could be linked back to our jobs.
We have never said specifically what government departnment we work for, but if we were to publish photos of ourselves and our real names, a very quick Google search would reveal the department we work for- at least for me, Poopsie remains quite elusive on the interwebs. We’ve said we work for the same department though, so once I was outed, Poopsie would soon be outed as well.
Once where we worked was known, this blog would be linked to that. Now I don’t for a second think we have a big enough readership for that to really make any difference. I am pretty sure I could be completely public on here and no one I work for would ever find it. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Another reason for the anonymity is some self-consciousness on my part. I really enjoy writing this blog and, we have some regular readers, so I’m assured I do an okay job of it. But I am still quite self-conscious about my writing style, what I write about and what I say. I’d be a bit embarassed if everyone I knew were reading this. I have approximately six years to boost my writing self-esteem and become okay with everything I have put on here. I’m a work in progress to be sure.
The End of Anonymity
So then, why do I want to stop being anonymous once we retire?
First of all, I’ll no longer have to worry about our blog being linked to our employer as we will no longer be employed by them.
Additionally, I believe that early retirement is a big achievement. If you read a lot of early retirement blogs, you might start to think it’s a normal, everyday thing, but it just isn’t. I will be so proud of Poopsie and I if we reach this milestone. I definitely want to share that with my family. While our families know of our plans, they don’t necessarily know the journey we have been on and this blog will provide them with a complete history (if they’re interested… my little brother knows about this blog but I am pretty sure he has never read a single post).
I also expect that we will receive a lot of questions from people as to how we have retired early. I think it would be great to point them toward this blog and let them discover our journey for themselves. While the list is growing (check out our Australian Blogger Interview Series for the complete list), there are still a relatively small number of Australian early retirement blogs. We’d love to be a resource to any Australian who might be considering this.
I would also just really like to share photos with our faces in them. Sometimes it’s quite hard finding photos to put on the blog, as usually we are in the photos we take. And some of them are great photos! I’d love to be able to post them on here.
So will we or won’t we?
That remains to be seen and will no doubt be an ongoing conversation for Poopsie and I. But I would love to know what you think! Do you want to know what we actually look like and what we actually do for a living? They’re the two main things we keep off this blog, we’re fairly open with most other things (unsure? Just ask!)
What do you think? We’d love to know in the comments below!