Interesting discussion at blogroots on whether to sign with an alias or your real name. identity on the net is a really interesting thing.
I don’t think of aliased names any different to `real’ ones. It’s astoundingly easy to find my real name – which is partly voluntary, partly not.
It bugs me a little that some close to me know of this site because it puts me into partial-censorship mode. It seems counterproductive to have a second journal where i keep privater thoughts. Before I was web logging, i kept a paper (P)-journal. I was thinking about that last night — want to go have another look at them – see what differences there are between this and that. To me at least, truth in thoughts and feelings is important, mainly for the reason that when i look back in years time, I can say to myself – yes that’s really what I was thinking about that – not having to remember if i was skirting an issue because such-n-such was on to me.
Ultimately I think I’d like to kill `The Man In The Grey Suit’ and be journaling an unaltered stream of consciousness (a la Kerouac) but I don’t see it happenng now.
I’m much the same and from what I’ve gathered by talking to other bloggers, everyone holds back a little. I used to keep a paper diary and when I look back at them they ARE much more personal. I don’t think the world wants/needs to know about personal relationships, health problems or fetishes etc. Everybody has a personal and a public persona I suppose. It’s natural.
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Ah yes – yet it’s the personal health probs, messy relationships and fetishes that draw the readers – paradoxical indeed.
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er… not that increasing readership is an all-encompassing desire for me or anythink ;^P – but there are factors of – how much do you write it for yourself, and how much for others, when you know others are reading etc. etc.