In response to yesterday’s post, both Laurie and Alejna posted comments that got me thinking, again, about my (imagined?) anonymity. I like to think I’m so “hidden” here. I change people’s names (except for bad people: Michael and Mrs. Workman are really Michael and Mrs. Workman, Alain is really Alain), I don’t use my last name, I never name my employer or the neighborhood where I work. I’ve been itching to talk about the grant Laurie mentioned in her comment, but I hold back because if I name it, anyone could easily trace the bright neon line back to me.
But how anonymous am I, really? Not one, not two, but five of my bloggy friends have found me on FaceBook. I have my photo posted here and I use my first name all the time. I’m forever talking about the neighborhood where I live. Even the vague descriptions I’ve given about my adult ed program could easily be turned into the actual name and location of my job if someone gave themselves five seconds to figure it out.
Does it matter? Clearly, I think it does, but maybe it’s time to reassess. Do you keep your identity hidden from the general blogosphere? If not, why not? If so, why? Do you ever regret one choice or the other?
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