Monday, October 23, 2006

Who is that Blogger?

I have been thinking about adding my real identity to my blog. Others seem to give more credit or seem to prefer to know the name of who they are blogging with or at least that would be my guess.

Any thoughts or opinions from the more....or less experienced---


Blogger bubba said...

I make my identity known to those bloggers who I have met or with whom I corresponded. I have no problems doing so after I can establish that the person will not abuse my privacy.

Other than that, I will not blog under my real name at this point.

Why not? I am listed in the phone book.

I do not want to deal with some fruitcake showing up at my place in the dead of night, forcing me to use some of the (rusty) skills I acquired many years ago.

It's not worth it.

October 23, 2006 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger PotatoStew said...

"Real identity" is often overrated. Who are you? You are meblogin. As long as you are consistent in using that name, and as long as you aren't trying to pass yourself off as some expert in some area of discussion (which would require some verification of your credentials), that's all we really need to know.

When I first started meeting folks at blogger meetups, I would introduce myself with my real name first, and be met with a blank look, and a smile. After adding, "I blog as PotatoStew" a look of recognition would come over most people's faces. My pseudonym meant more to them then my real name.

Identify yourself if you want to, but don't feel pressured to do so. You will be accorded the respect and credibility you deserve based on how you deal with others and present your arguments, whether under your real name or a pseudonym.

October 23, 2006 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger D. Hoggard said...

I tend to place more credence to bloggers who post under their own names. But there are certainly exceptions to that.

As for Bubba's concern about fruitcakes... I've been at this for nigh on four years - no fruitcakes yet - and my name is also in the book.

My reasons?: I just think it is important to stand up and be counted. The cards will fall where they may and so far they have fallen in an orderly fashion.

I appreciate transparency/honesty in all other aspects of my life, and I don't think there should be any difference between how I conduct my real life and my weblog.

October 23, 2006 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Joel said...


Bubba sounds a little paranoid :). I think we should tp his house next Tuesday night....if we could only find it...

Now that I know who Mr. Sun is it is less fun for me, but then, there was only one Mr. Sun!

I don't see a downside to saying who you are unless you are whistle blowing about your job or otherwise would get into trouble that kind of way. Nobody is going to track you down except maybe to go to lunch with you. You could gain weight.


October 23, 2006 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Cara Michele said...

Some people have good reasons for wanting anonymity, and I respect that. But I do think you should come to the Meetups and get to know other local bloggers. We'll respect your anonymity online, and get to know the "real name"-you offline. ;)

October 23, 2006 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Billy Jones said...

I think it is true that readers have more faith in a "real name" but there are many acceptable reasons not to use your real name. My first two blogs were anonymous but as I'm a published author it makes little sense to not use my real name.

As for Bubba, he's got good reason to hide. ;-)

October 23, 2006 at 11:19 PM  
Blogger TheShu said...


Credibility comes with the ability to articulate, and defend, your thoughts. Your name means nothing to me. Write, write well, and write often. Your credibility will take care of itself. Even though my name has been out there for a long time, most people still only know me as TheShu, or simply, Shu. Maybe some would challenge me, but I think that folks like myself, Mr. Sun, and PotatoStew worked our asses off and proved our credibility long before most folks knew our real names. Come out if you want, but it makes no difference to me.

October 24, 2006 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger meblogin said...

I was responding at Mr. Stew's blog and figured I could copy paste to here.

So...Joe Guarino must be your real name...though how would I know?

And....PotatoStew is someone perhaps named Anthony or maybe a second name that is made up.

Now...PotatoStew....if your Mom gave you that name...that is one cool name...but assume Anthony to be closer to the truth.

On a more serious note...I find it fascinating the responses that I have received so far and hope that many more will comment.

For me blogging is normally educational. I learn more than I share though if I have an opinion..great...and if it changes...oh well...as an example I am moderating on the Wray subject. On an older topic I still think the TRC was a waste and all the man hours could have been better spent helping current neighborhoods.

Folks that are mean (mean people suck...beautify America shoot a redneck type...) are simply a few key strokes that need either silence or some good ol monkey snot pig butt slug slime type of responses.

Of course as Ed points out....some know how to see IP addresses and therefore might have a great idea of who everyone is. Ok..now that this turned into a few sentences..time to copy paste back to my blog...grin.

I hope more express opinions.

October 24, 2006 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger bubba said...

"As for Bubba's concern about fruitcakes... I've been at this for nigh on four years - no fruitcakes yet - and my name is also in the book."

That sounds like the old "It can't happen to me" statement.

I recommend you have a contingency plan operationally ready.

October 26, 2006 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger meblogin said...

Ok..been thinking about this a little...

Anyone who wants to know who I am..send me an email.

I think all made excellent points and I thank you for taking the time.

October 26, 2006 at 8:56 PM  

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