reasons to be a pseudonymous blogger, part 452249

Actually posting just the last word of your dissertation is exactly the same kind of hide-and-seek now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t game that pseudonymous bloggers get to indulge in all the time. Look, here’s a photo of all of me except my face. Look, now I’m mentioning enough about the town I’m visiting that you could almost guess where I am. Look, here’s a photo of my eyes and nothing else. I wrote about that in my Mirrors and Shadows paper, and it really fascinates me. Viviane Serfaty talks about it too in her aptly titled study of weblogs and diaries, The Mirror and the Veil.

I think what fascinates me about the hide-and-seek of pseudonymous blogging is that that is what we all do when we blog. In psuedonymous blogs the blogger gets to play with that. Real-name bloggers like me – well, we may only blog 1% of our lives, but people still seem to think they’re getting the whole picture – I’ve been asked at many a late party or conference how I can stand that people know me so intimately. I laugh. Most of the time.

Maybe you actually can tell that each blog post is a game of hide-and-seek, dangling out just too little information for you to figure out who I really am?

03. May 2006 by Jill
8 comments

Sorry, but comments from before December 2010 are lost in the database and I've not yet figured out how to display them properly.

Comments (8)

  1. Back in 2008 I repurposed a comment I left here (one now lost in the database). http://berneval.blogspot.ca/2008/04/magpie.html

    Of course I linked to Jill’s post and recently I was reviewing back entries for a bit of research and found out about the demise of comments prior to December 2010. Here is a humble effort at the reconstructive proces:

    Francois Lachance Says:
    May 4th, 2006 at 15:45
    The blog voice, as any writing voice, is a filtering attractor. The game of blogging is also like tag mixed with scavenger hunt. Setting the question of self-fashioning aside, the blog is contract with the quotidien. It is a promise to engage with language. Not only from the perspective of a writer but also as a reader, one takes on a chunk at a time. The entry may be whole but the series is open and unconcluded (even if its author is no longer posting). Blogging is a celebration of the connectivity of the fragment. Beyond this knitting there is the reader approach to blog reading. Blogs are read as exemplary. Blog as basket not for self-presentation but for gathering pieces of an evaluative mosaic.

  2. François! Great to see you! I should figure out how to rescue all those comments – it’s terrible to think that all your comments are gone. I can still see the comments in the database, I just can’t get them out here.

    A chunk at a time. I like that.

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