March 3, 2004

And This One Too

XRLQ weighs in on pseudonymous bloggers, and it's something I've meant to comment on from time to time, but have never gotten around to it. But this time... I really don't get what the big deal is. So I blog under a nickname, but I could just as easily blog under something that seems like a real name, like, oh I don't know... How about "Ginny Tompkins"? So I blog under Ginny Tompkins and no one's the wiser that it's not my real name, because it sounds real. To me, "Ith" is as real as my "real" name (which is Denise, no big secret there). Most of my friends call me Ith now -- it wasn't on purpose, it just sort of happened. Or I could blog under "Dee" -- like two people call me that regularly, but it's still a nickname, even if it is derived from my full name.

I'm not sure my "taking me seriously quotient" would change much whether I blogged under my full legal name, "Dee", or "Ginny Tompkins". I mean, how seriously are you going to take a blog like this anyway?

I'm to the rambling portion of tonight's posting, so let's stop for now.

(splitting headache. making me feel queasy)

Posted by Ithildin at March 3, 2004 5:34 PM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE

I wrote about this as my first post when I launched my blog. I created the word "nicknonymity" to distinguish between blogging behind a name like "Elihu Kenwood" or "Ginny Tompkins" and using an obvious nickname such as "triticale" or "Ith". Truth of it is that most of the experiences I reference are too personal to fact-check even if I gave my true name, but I believe I have established some reputation for consistancy under my nickname.

Posted by: triticale at March 5, 2004 12:28 AM