Reading the repartee between Sittingnut and Sanjana awhile ago, I came to wonder about my decision to blog under a moniker.
Let me assure you that with a monicker such as yours, augmented by the incessant drivel that you push, ad nauseum, ad infinitum, into the blogosphere, augmented by your anonymity, prevent us from taking you seriously.
Do my thoughts and writings carry less weight because i do not use my real name? Does the type of ‘moniker’ I use affect how I am perceived, and does the relative ‘anonymity’ that it brings make my posts less relevant?
The reason I chose to blog was because i wanted to express myself. Initially I used to simply comment on other people’s blogs, but that eventually became messy. I didn’t want to clutter up other people’s blogs too much, so i decided to start my own. I started on Blogger, as an experiment and finally decided to get a bit more serious and move to wordpress. I could do my blogging under my real name, or i could use an alias. To blog under my real name would mean that i would be restricting myself to a certain extent. Any views that i express could be held against me in my career, against me personally or against my family. Not that I am an anarchist or anything so dramatic. In this world, where diplomacy and ass-kissing is so important, I am at a disadvantage. I am a horrible ass-kisser, and I have to really focus on diplomacy, so i don’t want anything to weigh down my already sad chance at a peaceful life.
Granted, there are successful bloggers who go under their real names. Indi.ca for example. But he has a price to pay for revealing his identity online. He suffers flaming and very many personal attacks on his family. Though the Oscar for Receiving the Most Personal Attacks would go to Sanjana. Now I don’t have the patience nor the temper to deal with any attack to my family if I were to post something that goes against the grain of any psychotic individual out there. Therefore I blog under an alias.
The advantage of anonymity is that I am free from the shackles of societal expectations, and can write the way I want to write. As long as I do not debase myself by trolling, there is nothing wrong with the anonymity I have. But also, to prevent confusion and to have some sort of online accountability I stick with the name ‘Janus’ or my wordpress account name ‘Janusis’. That way, all my blog interaction will be ascribed to my online identity which eventually will develop with other bloggers ascribing certain writing styles and mannerisms to it, while my real identity sits happily on this end of the keyboard, expressing his self, and not having personal insults thrown his way.
And so I stick to Janus for Janusis I.