From the earliest days of blogging, we’ve had commenters and even a few bloggers who declined to share a real name. I will confess I posted a few times in a sports discussion board with a “designation,” not my true name. Upon reflection, I decided that if I wasn’t prepared to sign my name to an opinion, the opinion probably wasn’t worth publicizing. When I post by first name on different blogs, I always have a working e-mail (unlike some who comment here) and a link to my web site.
My mother wouldn’t approve of the internet’s most popular and most busy commentator. When we were kids, she preached that lying is worse than stealing. Seemingly, getting accurate information about what was around her trumped one-hundred-percent possession.
Anyway, I wouldn’t hesitate to describe the internet’s most popular and most busy commentator as a liar. Whether she or he is hiding from a spouse, parents, boss, friends, or herself or himself, she or he is engaged in an active misrepresentation. We know the person in question isn’t hiding from everyone, but they present themselves in that way.
A few of the old prominent bloggers have been outed as the years have gone by. Mostly, I just shrug. Why would that person need to remain anonymous? Seem like a normal everyday woman or man to me. Someone with loved ones, work colleagues, and friends who don’t float or sink a relationship depending on the viewpoints expressed on the net.
I’m not sure where I come down on handles. It wouldn’t work for me. Really, what am I going to do: prance around the internet promoting myself as the Sensible One? Or just SO for short? If you’re laughing with/at me on that one, consider some of the titles people do use. Well … some of them are pretty clever.
What do you think? Are there greater evils afoot than outing oneself as a blogger or commenter? Or are there times when you need to say brisk things you don’t want your boss, confessor, or spouse to know about?