Tim Selwyn at Tumeke! has updated the New Zealand blogosphere’s rankings with the top 20 for September.
Kiwiblog retains its well deserved first place.
Policy Blog (up 7 to 7th), Dim Post (up 4 to 12th) Roarprawn up an impressive 21 to 13th and Cactus Kate (up 1 to 14th) have overtaken Inquiring Mind (down 4 at 13th) and Homepaddock which has dropped 4 to 16th.
Among my other regular reads, The Hive is up 4 to 4th, Not PC has gone up 2 to 7, No Minister has dropped 4 to 10th, Poneke is down a couple to 17th, Keeping Stock has dropped a place to 18th and the Visible Hand in Economics is up 3 to 19th.
If you’re making your views public on a blog should you also make your name public?
Adam Smith over at Inquiring Mind brought this issue to my notice when he noted that Policy Blog has an issue with psuedonymous bloggers.
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.