When I posted the latest Introductions over Coffee article, I didn’t expect my thoughts about identity to become so expansive. How we identify is really important, but once we have our names its easy to forget how challenging it was. After all, we are all given our names by our parents – we don’t usually get to pick our own. Why, then should we be surprised that sometimes people struggle to decide on their names.
Searching for my identity
Prior to trying my hand at blogging I spent too much time online gaming. While I still have my online identity and would use the name if I were to return to gaming, I don’t think its right for my blog. However, when starting out as a blogger I began just with the blog name. On reflection, it must have been difficult for people to know what to call me – Curiosities? The full title of the blog? The initials? I’m not aware of anyone using a name, but I remember a blogger posting about the need for a name. At that time I was worried about using my name on my blog. I wasn’t sure about putting my name in the public domain which is probably why I just use Brenda rather than my full name.
Initially I was worried about any impact with my work, but quickly realised that I was writing some material for students. Therefore I wouldn’t be able to hide behind anonymity. I had to take ownership of my work and produce posts that I am proud to own. I do wonder sometimes however, if I should have fun and use my gaming name.
Over on Wise & Shine
Today, over on Wise & Shine, I look in more detail at some of the ideas behind identity, trying to understand the complexities behind bloggers not using a name online, whether that name is real, like mine, or a pseudonym. I’d love you to pop over and have a look.
As ever, if you’re not already signed up to my blog, I’d love to have you on board.