Pseudonym or Real Name?

I’m sure every author has to decide this some time.  Do you use a pseudonym or stick with your real name?

I guess there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  If you use a pseudonym, you can have a degree of privacy.  It also allows you to write different genres under different names and keep them separate.  If you’re a best-seller, maybe you won’t be recognised in public.  Disadvantages?  That’s a tough one.  Maybe it feels like it’s separate from yourself, even though it is you.

As for using your real name, I think it’s closer to you.  It is yours, not your pseudonym’s.  And when people meet you, it really is you.  You’re not known as another name, so they can actually address you with your name.  I think it would feel strange if people addressed me with a different name.  But on the other hand, you’re easier to find online.  Less privacy.

In my case, I’m using my real name.  It’s a fairly uncommon name, but not a difficult one.

What do you think?  Do you have a pseudonym?  Or do you prefer to use your real name?