As I mentioned in my post on Saturday, I plan to write more about the topic of blogging to heal. The way I see it, there are three separate components: the blog itself, writing as a form of healing, and developing a supportive community. In today's post, I plan on sharing some interesting info I've read in the book, Blogging: Digital Media and Society Series, by Jill Walker Rettberg, an associate professor at the University of Bergen.
In the section on Blogs as Self Exploration, Rettberg writes: "Vivian Serfaty characterizes weblogs as simultaneous mirrors and veils. Just as we study ourselves in a mirror, shaping our faces so our reflections please us, so we create a reflection of ourselves in a weblog. At the same time, we use our blogs to veil ourselves, not telling all but presenting selective aspects of ourselves to our readers.
"Pseudonymous blogs often play a flirtatious game of peek-a-boo, showing but not showing all. For instance, the pseudonymous blogger may tell us funny episodes, or life altering concerns in the tone of voice as if she were writing to a close friend...
"...When pseudonymous bloggers post photos of themselves that show some of their faces, but not all, or show them only from behind, they simultaneously use their blogs as mirrors and as veils--exploring themselves, hiding part of themselves, and looking through the veil to communicate with their readers."
Since I blog under my "real" name, I have no idea whether those of you who use pseudonyms agree with Serfaty's and Rettberg's hypotheses. Thus, I have the following questions:
If you use a pseudonym, why do you? What are the differences between blogging under a pseudonym and blogging under your real name? If you blog under your real name and use a photo as opposed to an avatar, do you have any privacy concerns?
P.S. Unless you leave comments this morning, I have a series of appointments today, and won't be able to moderate comments until later this afternoon. So, please don't worry about whether I received your comment, just realize it may take awhile for me to read it and respond.