This weekend I socialised with my colleauges. We went for a movie, we did dinner, we went book-shopping, we went dancing. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. We also had some ‘moments of truth’ that could have lead to frank discussions but somehow didn’t.

At the moment, some of my colleagues read my blogs as a result of some of my recent blogging actions. Blogging actions like commenting as IdeaSmith on certain blogs, linking to certain posts and people…well, lets just say juggling multiple identities, some of them anonymous requires some tactical and strategic thinking. Not all of them know that its my blogs that they are reading. But it shouldn’t be that difficult to guess.

In any case, at the moment there are more people who know me and read my blog than ever before. It is the old dilemma of anonymity versus openness. These days my issue with revealing myself isn’t so much fear of being judged as it is about loss of readership. My readership is important to me and somehow I get the feeling my posts wouldn’t be half as interesting if people had a face and name to attach to them.

Coming back to my original thought though, on why I’m feeling a little easier in my mind about letting my colleagues read my blog. It seems like I’m not as afraid of being judged by them now. Some things at work have made me feel more confident about being myself. Oddly enough I’m letting my guards down with some of them because they don’t matter as much to me now. Is that weird? You are yourself with people who don’t matter as much? Yes it is pretty weird.

5 thoughts on “Anonymity versus openness: Is it about whose opinion matters?”
  1. having a face to attach to the posts will not diminish my interest in reading your blogs. it might give it a personal touch. as long as what you write is relevant to me, you will find me here. πŸ™‚
    of course, others might have a different opinion.

  2. Dharna: πŸ™‚ Thank you for that. For the time being, I think I’ll let my dragon tattoo be the image people have of me on the blogsphere….it is pretty representative anyway.

  3. […] End of the day, I am an ID; I am an IP address, I am a blogger. I saw two serious posts about the merits and demerits of anonymous blogging here and here. I know some anonymous bloggers – I like their blogs. Actually there are three types of bloggers I know. Anonymous, semi-anonymous, and non-anonymous. (What’s the opposite of anonymous?) Their degree of anonymity hasn’t deterred me from going to their blog – neither has their anonymity every made me want to know their β€˜real’ identity. Eradicate that anonymity; andΒ it gives even more perspective to what I read. […]

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