Frank James posted a article the other day concerning Blogger anonymity. It made me consider my own anonymity on this blog.
Frank James, among many things, is a professional writer. He’s been published in a number of magazines, and his and his wife’s book about his daughter is still available via Amazon as is Frank’s book, Effective Handgun Defense. Frank’s reputation as a professional writer is part of his livelihood. He must, to maintain credibility, take ownership of his words and opinions.
That is not so true for many bloggers. Other bloggers, for personal reasons, due to employer requirements, or as in the case of Lawdog and Brigid, due to their profession, must keep their identity as private as possible.
When I started this blog, I was employed by the third largest telecommunications company in the US, Sprint-Nextel. The corporation is dependent on the federal government for its continued existence. The FCC regulates the communications industry and can (and frequently has) disrupt business and cause great turmoil just by issuing a new regulation, change or reinterpret a regulation, or block some interstate business project. Consequently, it was prudent for me to not reflect badly on Sprint through my personal words and deeds.
That is no longer the case. I was laid-off last December after eighteen years with the company as an engineer and manager. I’m currently on severance and when that runs out I’ll retire. I no longer need to maintain my anonymity. In actuality, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Sprint in my blog nor even posted about the commercial carrier industry.
Therefore, you’ll see my name and town of residence in my profile. The name of this blog will remain Crucis’ Court and there will be no other real changes other than I will no longer hide behind the cover of anonymity. I hadn’t really considered this until I read Frank’s post and it made me think—which is the purpose of any blogger.
Well done, Frank.