If you’re making your views public on a blog should you also make your name public?
My name and political affiliations are there for all to see on the “about” page of this blog. But I don’t have a job or business which might be compromised by anything I write.
Other people are not so fortunate.
Adam, Inventory 2 at Keeping Stock, Queen Bee at The Hive and Busted Blonde at Roarprawn all choose to keep their identities to themselves. But it’s not only those on the right of the blogosphere who prefer to blog anonymously, Poneke who has declared his blog a politics-free zone and Jafapete on the left also use pseudonyms.
If they were launching personal attacks against other people I would be less relaxed about their anonymity. But all of them write well reasoned and intelligently argued posts and comments – even those with which I disagree 🙂 – and I have never known any of them to indulge in personal invective.
I happen to know who Poneke is but respect his reasons for not telling the world his name. No doubt some people know, or guess, who is behind his or the other pseudonyms.
They they choose not to blog under their real names is their perogative, and the people over at Policy Blog have the right not to accept their comments.