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    Friday
    Jan052007

    Diving In

    dive2.jpgJust as I feared, now that my Trinity Blogging class is over, traffic to the Blog Sea has been drying up like camel pee in the Sahara Desert. Last week, I added an auto signature to my outgoing emails from my home email address, but I realized that I generally email the same people from that account, so while I might see a slight spike in readership from friends and relatives, it'll probably only get me so far. Today, I'm taking a bigger plunge and adding an auto signature (with the Blog Sea web address as part of that signature) to my work email address. The obvious drawback to this is the loss of anonymity--it'll be very easy for someone to "out" me from this point forward--and as a result I probably won't be able to blog about whether or not I think the boss is a lunkhead or if I'm sleeping with his wife. (At least not if I want to keep my job.)  One of the lessons we learned in class was that blogging provides a false sense of security, and that virtually anyone can be outed if someone knows how to do it, so what's the point of trying to hide behide anonymity? The point of the Blog Sea is to generate readership and commentary, not to generate insults, hate and discontent. (Okay, maybe some discontent.) So if I have to dive in headfirst and start "outing" myself to accomplish what I want to do, then all I have to say is, "GERONIMO!!!"   (Photograph courtesy of the Anzenberger Agency.)

    Reader Comments (2)

    You said: "One of the lessons we learned in class was that blogging provides a false sense of security, and that virtually anyone can be outed if someone knows how to do it, so what's the point of trying to hide behide anonymity?"

    I was just thinking of writing a post about this because, more often than not, when there is a lull in my blogging it's because I'm shying away from writing something too personal in a public arena. Maybe I should just face the fact that I can't really be anonymous and have fun with it, write whatever comes to mind (as long as it's nothing that will get me fired or arrested).

    Anyway, keep blogging! I'll keep checking in!
    Jan 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSara
    I think my approach is going to be that I will make my blog site known to people I know but that I'll still refrain from publishing my name or picture online until I get a better feel for where my blog is going and who is reading it. I'm not going to worry about being outed but I'm not going to go out of my way to do it for now.
    Jan 8, 2007 | Registered CommenterJoey

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