I’ve been asked why all the cloak and dagger anonymity on this here blog. It’s an excellent question and one deserving of an answer. And, since my mental blog topic list is a little short at the moment, I saw this as a perfect blog topic. I get to talk about myself and in response to a legitimate question. What more can a girl ask for?
The short answer is: I am a paranoid control freak.
The long explanation is a little more multi-faceted (isn’t it always?). Let’s break it down:
Paranoia: my name in real life is fairly uncommon and if you Google me, it is disgustingly easy to find me. And, just in case you were concerned that maybe there were multiple people with my exact name in the U.S., you could click on a link and determine in pretty short order that the person described fits my age group and gender.
Why is this a problem, you ask. Well, there’s that little thing about me being an atheist. I out myself to a select group and only after careful vetting do I deem them worthy of this knowledge. And, there are quite a few people – employers included – who don’t look very kindly on atheists. To some, it is the same as me posting a picture of me taking bong hits on a My.Space profile (and for the record, I’ve never tried dope or any other illegal drug). I am not a “loud and proud” atheist and I would like to keep it that way, at least in association with my real name.
So, why not give more details, but just not my name? With every identifiable detail I drop, I feel a little more naked. It’s a slippery slope from giving out a detail here and there to baring it all. I prefer to remain fully clothed.
Control Freak: I like to know that I’m only giving out information that is designed not to send people running in my direction. Once you put something on the internet, it tends to go viral, so the less information I can give out the better.
Finally, I really, really like being anonymous. It adds to my mystery and hugs my curves.