Anonymous Or Not?

TWAAP

TwoWheelsAndAPonytail
Oct 28, 2016
96
39
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www.youtube.com
I ride a
Husqvarna Nuda 900 & Yamaha SZR 660
Are you vlogging anonymous?

So yes, why anonymous?

No, why not anonymous?


Greeting,

TwoWheelsAndAponytail
 

HippoDrone

Moderator
Jan 2, 2017
3,622
2,133
113
West Sussex, UK
I ride a
2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
I don't intentionally tell folk who I am, but also don't hide my face. No real reason to or not to, I'll never have "fans" to contend with as I am not that interesting lol, I vlog to be part of the community.
 

F4celess

Cold
Dec 20, 2015
552
359
63
26
I ride a
Yamaha Fazer
While I don't worry too much about my revealing my approximate location, I hide my face for obvious reasons. I also blur my numberplates sometimes.
 

WheelyPerd

Everywhere @WheeliePerd
May 18, 2017
179
101
43
29
South Africa
I ride a
Triumph Tiger 800 XCx
I prefer anonymous.

A big factor to consider is that if you put something online, its there forever. Keep that in mind.
 

burlyjack

The bearded dude with a cool YouTube
Oct 10, 2015
348
231
43
26
Oklahoma, USA
I ride a
2004 Honda VTX 1300
I use to try and stay anonymous, but then I realized it was pretty pointless. There's been multiple shots of my full bike, my tag, and familiar locations (favorite fuel stops, roads, etc.) Plus I started doing garage day videos. Kind of hard to hide your face in those ;).

I try not to really broadcast my name (my YT name has nothing to do with my real name) and I make it a point to leave my address hidden but other than that, I really don't care. I'm documenting things about my life lol. The only thing I get kind of weird about is showing my son's face.
 

EDcase

-=RC8=-
Jan 26, 2016
604
414
63
SouthEast UK
I ride a
KTM RC8 Putytat
hahahah, yeah, you let one follow you on his Guzzi! :D
Yeah and a weirdo followed you too :p

I know its almost impossible to stay anonymous but no point making it easy for em ;)
I won't stop people taking pictures of me but I like a little bit of mystery. At least for now.

I may do a face reveal at 500 or something like that. (Probably won't happen then :D)
 
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LoneWolfer

Lone Wolfer Garage
Jun 1, 2017
340
381
63
38
Connecticut
www.thelonwolfer.com
I ride a
Harley Nightster & Suzuki Savage
I'm my biggest fan, so I don't bother with anonymity, hahahaha.

My name is right in my channel name and I have written books, published books for others, and made short/feature/documentary films so my name and face is out there and I want to promote my work.
 

scooterwuf

L Plate Member
Jan 6, 2017
661
445
63
Philadelphia/South Jersey
I ride a
Kymco Downtown 300i
I prefer some level of being anonymous. If people want to find out who I am, it's out there, but I'd prefer to keep a level of privacy for my wife and home. Like it's been said before there are weird people out there, as well as trolls. Once people start hassling you as you, there's a level of exposer that you can't undo, especially if you have no idea who the people are who are berating, or troubling you.

Our vlog names are like our mask, giving us a secret identity. I like that.

- Wuf
 

Dark Rider

Wannabie Member
Jan 4, 2016
118
47
28
31
I ride a
Suzuki GSR 600
I got over it after a while. Was more work to hide than to not. 5mins on google and you can find out who any one is pretty quick. Soooooo......no point in hiding.

Also keeps you in check with the thought that people know who you are :p
 

scooterwuf

L Plate Member
Jan 6, 2017
661
445
63
Philadelphia/South Jersey
I ride a
Kymco Downtown 300i
The nature of my full name makes it difficult to do a google search. If someone is motivated they could do it, but it's nice to have a level or privacy. It also works the other way. On FB and other networks I've thrown myself into political, social and race based discussions, many times with the worst kinds of trolls and haters one can imagine. I'd hate to have any of that spill over onto my motovlog.

- Wuf
 

Elke0602

Cookie and coffee freak
Jun 7, 2017
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45
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Meise, Belgium
I ride a
Kymco CK1
This is a very interesting discussion.

A few days ago I got a message from a fellow Belgian motovlogger (I still have to get back to him, sorry bout that!) kind of warning me from the dangers of non-anonymous vlogging. I was pleasantly surprised, seeing people you don't know IRL actually care for your personal safety.

I don't cover plates, unless you're a cop or insurace agent, nobody is going to find out any personal information from that. I don't mind hiding my full name (although I did change my channel name to just my first name, I'll rebrand in the future) 'cause everything is linked to Facebook where people can see a little, but not too much.
And of course you can see I don't hide my face. I don't see the point in that as I also intend to make video's off the bike, and I don't want to be sitting there in a tshirt, sweat streaming down my face :p

I genuinely don't mind.
I just hit 20 subs. 5 of them are people that I know IRL. Rest of them are from across the world.
Someone comes to my house? They have 4 neighbours they have to pass before I call the cops :p
When time comes, I will take appropriate actions. Right now, I just enjoy :)
 

SighBored

@thesighbored
Jan 18, 2015
2,402
917
113
Malaysia
www.thesighbored.com
I ride a
2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R
I prefer to remain as anonymous as I can, even if I hit 100k subs, there won't be a "reveal" or what-not. The reason I choose to remain anonymous is because I'm a low profile person in real life, I don't need or want the "fame", I appreciate the support from those that view or sub to me, but I'm not in this to chase the fame-train. If I was, I'd be posting daily about anything regardless, and also jump on the viral wagon to get maximum reach. I agree that there can be creeps or haters on the Internet that try to stalk you, hence my preference. Even if I go for any events, I don't go around introducing myself as "TheSighBored" or pass around follow-me cards or etc. I just remain low key. Some have spotted me before, on the streets or at events, and I reward them with stickers (if I happen to have some), and then they will obviously finally know what I look like, though if they wanted to take a #selfie I would still request them to let me put my helmet back on for it. I don't just hand the stickers out randomly to anyone. Some have said putting a face to the name will boost your following, while some say being anonymous is cool, gives that mysterious feel about it. In my efforts to keep the anonymity, I separate my bike stuff from personal, I setup a FB page instead, and my Insta is only meant for bike stuff, nothing personal. Many have asked to do a reveal, and I have responded with "there's no need for me to do so", I don't see how showing my face helps in presenting the content I have.

Sorry for the long post.
 
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TriumfAnt

Former Solar Bear winner
Jan 20, 2013
865
283
63
Albuquerque, NM
www.youtube.com
I ride a
Triumph Tiger 800XC
I'd never post a video showing my house or even the street I live on. Apart from that, I don't blur my face or license plate on the rare occasions they appear on video.
 

TWAAP

TwoWheelsAndAPonytail
Oct 28, 2016
96
39
18
www.youtube.com
I ride a
Husqvarna Nuda 900 & Yamaha SZR 660
I do blur my face and license plate! I know that you can't be anonymous on the internet...still I blur everything personal.
 

WingManGT

Wannabie Member
Jan 16, 2017
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148
43
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Varna, Bulgaria
www.facebook.com
I ride a
2004 Kawasaki ZX-6r
I don't care honestly. The only thing I don't want people to see is my home address and where I keep my bike. Other than that all is fine with me, even showing my license plate. Thousands of people see it locally everyday, why should it matter if people half way around the globe can see it :).
 

SighBored

@thesighbored
Jan 18, 2015
2,402
917
113
Malaysia
www.thesighbored.com
I ride a
2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R
It's true that you cannot have 100% anonymity, but I'd still take as much as I get. Being anonymous is not just about not being known, keeping some of your personal details, like license/registration card, or home location, is good in case of people trying to steal your identity, as in identify fraud, not pretending to be you on YouTube and posing with your fans.. More like taking out loans or applying for stuff but using your details.

On the other hand, if you are a girl (important fact #1), and you have a pleasant looking face (important fact #2) with a decent body shape (important fact #3), I would say it's beneficial for you not to be anonymous, but of course have some common-sense to blur out personal ID/residential info. Why? Because in the motorcycling world, you're already a gem, and if you play your cards right in how you present yourself on the social media, you'll ride the express fame-train, plus get approached by companies wanting you to be ambassador for their products, event appearance, etc.

#truestory :)
 
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