The blockchain was built with privacy protections built into it. Everything that happens in the chain is anonymous – though, as an NFT creator, there are benefits to both anonymity and people knowing who you are.
In the NFT space, the term doxxed is used to refer to NFT creators who have shared their real identities and information about their backgrounds.
The big questions are “how important is doxxing yourself as a creator?” and “is it important to be doxxed?” We’ll answer those questions below:
How Important Is Being Doxxed as an NFT Creator?
The fact of the matter is that the importance of being doxxed largely lies with the beliefs of the NFT creator. NFT collectors and investors are aware of, and respect, the anonymity associated with the blockchain and the industry in general. So, most collectors won’t shun a collection just because the creators are undoxxed.
There is a caveat here.
If you’re going to dive into the industry as an undoxxed creator, you will have to do more work to build trust – though that work is a good idea anyway. Join social conversations about some of the top and up-and-coming NFT projects. The bottom line is that if you’re willing to put the effort in to make your pseudonym known, you can be just as successful as a doxxed creator.
Pros & Cons of Being Doxxed
As with anything else in life, there are pros and cons to making the decision to be a doxxed creator. Some of the most important to consider include:
Being doxxed as an NFT creator comes with several advantages – some are pretty clear, others not so much. Here are the biggest pros to being a doxxed creator:
- Trust. Though the NFT industry is built around anonymity, the community seems to build trust for doxxed creators faster than it does for undoxxed creators. So, if you’re willing to put your name and face out there, your trust-building exercises will be a bit less intense.
- Recognition. I wonder how it would feel to be the creator of a high-demand NFT and have nobody actually know your name. If you’re like me, you like recognition for the work you do, and doxxing yourself will help bring that recognition to life.
- The Opportunity to Be You. The NFT community brings a level of acceptance to the internet that I think it’s been missing for some time. The community is welcoming and – for the most part – kind. If you’re an introvert that has never felt comfortable being yourself outside of home, the NFT community may give you a new figurative home that allows you to break free from your shell and improve your social skills.
Being a doxxed creator isn’t all butterflies and rainbows. There are some disadvantages to doxxing yourself. The biggest of which include:
- No Going Back. Once you doxx yourself, there’s no going back. So, make sure it’s something you want to do. After all, once something’s online, it’s there forever.
- No Hiding. If you make a mistake as a doxxed creator, that mistake will be pinned to your name. Of course, the community is friendly and forgiven, so as long as you don’t do a rug pull, this shouldn’t be a huge deal.
- Being Undoxxed Is Enjoyable. Many NFT creators and collectors have high-power careers and can’t enjoy acting like a normal person with normal flaws. The NFT industry gives anyone the ability to be who they want to be. However, if you go doxxed, you have to be your professional you every step of the way.
Should You Be Doxxed?
You can create a successful NFT project either way. So, the choice to be doxxed or undoxxed is ultimately yours. Carefully consider the pros and cons when deciding if you want to be doxxed or undoxxed.
Come Back Next Week
That’s all for today, come back next week for your next lesson on becoming a successful NFT creator!