It seriously pisses me off when my sincere efforts to share only what I truly think and feel with as little censorship as possible is dismissed or overridden by the fact that I maintain anonymity online.
Most people, I am relieved to say, do seem able to focus on what I share and some actually do respond with an equal measure of sincerity and thought. You'll find some of these people through the comments they have left at this and my other blogs.
There are a few, however, who cannot seem to get past the pseudonym that I write under and consequently sum me up as 'unknown' or 'mysterious'.
For crying out loud, I could easily have used a probable, yet fictitious, name such as Christine Kent. Would that have made me less 'mysterious'? More 'known'?
I could also provide a random age, like 29. Would that suddenly make what I share more believable?
I know that I'm making a big deal out of a situation that involves a very small number of people but it does get my goat. You know?
I mean, here I am sharing my innermost thoughts and feelings, things that I would ruthlessly edit out from my conversations under my 'given' name. (I have decided that the term 'given' is a more correct description of that name rather than 'real').
After all, under that name, I have a reputation to upkeep and an image to preserve! Is that the 'me' that these people would rather know? The peachy version? Is that who they assume I 'really' am?
I'm choosing to write about this because I want to get it off my chest. I also want to know what you, my reader, think? Do you use a pseudonym or a plausible fictitious name?
If so, what has your experience been, as a blogger and as someone who leaves comments and participates in online discussions?