Anonymity and Complaints
I chose to be anonymous because not being a professional blogger, I have a life elsewhere and do not want my political views – possibly trenchantly expressed – to shape how people, away from this blog, interact with me.
Does this mean power without responsibility? Well at least at the moment my readership levels indicate a near complete lack of power! But just suppose one post goes viral – shouldn’t I be willing to have my own identity attached to that post?
Well what are the implications of remaining anonymous? Some may argue that my blog loses credibility – but I would argue that credibility should come from the content and not from the author. I try to cite responsibly so that it is clear when I am repeating someone else’s views rather than expressing my own.
It is not my objective to use anonymity as a mask to allow me to be gratuitously rude to people (ask.fm style). I may occasionally put forward the opinion that a politician (or someone else equally voluntarily in the public eye) is an idiot (or such), but would hope that the context would make it very clear why I hold this belief and that it is not a pure ad hominem attack.
If I am irresponsible people can reply by posting comments – I would expect to approve most comments – unless they are obscene, potentially libellous or otherwise illegal, or pure abuse.
Alternatively those who are really offended can just ignore me – that is probably the easiest course.