A blogger who goes by the pseudonym Mrs. Chicken has written an excellent, thought-provoking piece here. It has to do with her choice of anonymity as a blog writer and touches on many thoughts I’ve had in the past year about the blogging phenomenon…without a doubt, reading strangers’ blogs and commenting on them creates a certain online community in our society of isolation, but I think a lot about the incomplete picture it gives us. I feel firmly grounded in other, real-life communities, and am therefore comfortable with this, but if that were not the case, I know I’d be left feeling very dissatisfied.
I know that I, for one, am limited in what I share here because I did not start out anonymously and over time have readers among my personal friends, family, and even clients and colleagues. This is fine with me, I have invited my readers, but it’s true that it shapes what I say. And yet, even the anonymous Mrs. Chicken, who shares some pretty intense and personal highs and lows, feels that we don’t know her, and that many of us wouldn’t like her if we were to meet her in person. (Which I seriously doubt, but that’s not the point…)
What does the surge in use of this technology – especially among parents – say about our culture? What do you think our society will be saying about this blogging phenomenon in 10 years? 20 years?