Marko reflected in a post several days ago about anonymity on the internet. Specifically, blogging with an alias, or nickname. I commented on that post, and have been going back to read the comments often. It is something I have been thinking about for a long time.
When I started this blog it was with the thought of "what the heck, I'll give it a try" type of attitude. I didn't know if anyone would read it, and if they did would they like it. Using Mr Fixit as my name was natural since I had been using that as my ID on several gun boards for years. In all honesty, it was also because if the blog failed my real name wouldn't be associated with the failure. It could have been something that passed into obscurity with relatively no one noticing.
Over a year later the blog is still here, and while I can't come close to claiming rock star status like some folks, I would like to think of my self as part of the sound crew. I would like to think that, so don't correct my delusions.
Now, here is the meat; Why do I still use Mr Fixit as my 'handle' on the blog? Does it, or would it matter to any of you folks if you knew who I am? Does that give any more credibility to the blog, or me? Does it matter at all?
I commented on Markos post that I use Mr Fixit because of the stories I tell, and about who I tell them. On one hand the details about patients have to be protected. So if you don't even know which city something happened in, or any of the paramedics names, I feel like the details are protected. On another subject, if the guys I work with find a blog with my name on it, and a description of something they did, they're going to figure out quite fast I was talking about them. Would they care? Would they be happy or upset? What if I poke fun at them? They are my friends (for the most part) and I would not want to upset them on purpose.
But with that thought comes this one; You folks, my readers, get an up close and personal look at me, through my stories. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's sad, and sometimes it's very personal what I post here. Does it matter if you don't know who I am? Or what I look like?
I really enjoy feedback from you folks. I love to see comments, even if it's just to say that was funny. This time I am asking for your comments on this.
Does it matter? Does posting under a real name give more credibility? What are your thoughts?