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September 22, 2006

Public vs Private

Filed under: On Blogging — dionea @ 7:15 pm

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for quite a while, but have held back for two reasons. The lesser reason is simple: will I commit to regular posts, or will this turn into yet another dead site? I endeavour to not make promises I can’t deliver on, and I loath ghost sites (except as evidence of other human folly ;-)).

The primary hesitation is the title of this post: do I broadcast my identity for all the world to see, or disguise myself behind a pseudonym. I am blessed (or cursed) with a unique name — Google my “firstname lastname”, and you will find me, and just me. But I am not alone: near the top of the search returns is my father’s obit. Now you have not just me, but the names of my entire family, and guess what — that magic password of my mother’s maiden name.

Besides the very real issue of identity theft, there are other reasons to stay private. I own a business and live within a community, and I want to talk about my business, my competitors, my vendors, my family, my neighborhood and my town. Disclosing my identity effectively discloses the identity of everyone associated with me — and I don’t have their permission. It’s that simple. Could I go get most everyone’s permission? Possibly. Is it worth it? Probably not.

Although you may not know who I am, I will stand behind everything I write.

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