|You can give your creation a Google+ identity of its own|
Google+'s "first and last name required" policy is a challenge if you blog anonymously or with an institutional or business or group identity.
If so, Google+ pages are designed for you.
I've been testing a Google+ identity for another blog of mine. Here are my key findings:
- Google+ pages are, with some minor difference, the equivalent of G+ profiles, but for your blog, not for you.
- They can have multiple managers, none of whom need be expressly named on the page.
- A G+ page does not expose your own name unless you put it on the page.
- Setup requires at least one page manager with a G+ profile.
- In some ways, it's more work to use a G+ page to promote your blog than to use a personal profile—the choice is yours.
Specifically, a G+ page can be a blog author or administrator, write blog posts, and leave comments—even regular Blogger comments—on any blog with comments enabled.
Update: Such a page can even start a blog.
These pages are intended for businesses, nonprofits, brands, web sites, and blogs.
Nonetheless, in my judgment, it will be harder for most bloggers to attract a following to a page than to a personal profile on Google+. (Not impossible. Just more demanding.)
You do need a Google+ profile to play, but that profile need not be associated with your blog.
That's because all G+ pages must be managed by at least one G+ profile account. When you set the page up you will need to do so using a G+ profile that is an administrator of the blog
But the profile does not need to be publicly associated with your blog, and the G+ page you create is not publicly linked to the profile (unless you add such a link to the page).
So with a little careful planning you can keep your online identities separate using a Google+ page.
Update: Here's how to set up a Google+ page.
Public-domain image of puppeteer Bill Baird (R) and Charlemane in 1963.