Fandango’s Provocative Question #168

Fandango’s provocative question this week is…

How do you feel about online anonymity? Do you believe that when people are hiding their real world identity, it encourages them to misbehave or to be offensive? Or does it allow people to reveal who they really are or possibly how they would choose to be and act all the time if they could?

There could be a number of reasons why people which to keep their identity under wraps.
When I started my blog, names weren’t mentioned and pics of me were rare, those originally published had my face blanked out.

Regular readers know my name is Di, short for Diana, and roughly where I live in the UK.
That’s as far as it goes, but not because I have anything to hide or trying to avoid anyone.
I blog about my life (past and present), dogs, budgets and family, but it is in my poetry that my inner thoughts probably emerge, a bit of wistful thinking maybe and dreams that never materialised.
Few members of my family know about my blog and friends may check in occasionally. I often wonder if any of my family who stumbled across it would recognise me from my writings! I doubt it to be honest because we are so out of touch, they have no idea about my life, thoughts, or the person I am.

If people use a fake persona to be offensive, I have no time for them. Honesty and personal opinion is all well and good, but you don’t have to be nasty about it, and if you haven’t got the guts to say what you do as yourself, then you should keep quiet.
I can understand how some people like to be seen and may hide behind a pseudonym so that they can project a persona of someone they’d like to be. I pretended to be someone I wasn’t and who others expected me to be for years. That is all behind now and I am happy being who I am.
From Fandango’s point of view having been a victim of identity fraud, too much information is available in too many places so having an ‘alter ego’ if you like is probably the best option.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Fandango’s Provocative Question #168

  1. murisopsis says:

    For years I had to sign a form at work saying I wouldn’t post anything on social media about my employment, work, coworkers, etc. As soon as I retired that restriction was null and void. Still 20+ years of having a filter in place has left me a little reticent to divulge some info. But if anyone reads me long enough they will know my name, my profession, my hobbies, my family and most of what happens in my life! I don’t make it a secret but I don’t go “streaking” through the internet either!

  2. You’ve really got me thinking! I’ve always felt that as I have nothing to hide, why bother putting on a disguise or pretending I’m someone I’m not? This is me!

  3. Fandango says:

    Thanks for sharing your response, Di. I always find it interesting how family and real world friends of so many bloggers don’t know about their family member’s/friend’s blog. Mine is like that too.

    • My family aren’t interested actually. It was mentioned when I started but no-one asked what it was called other than those in NZ and I don’t get many views from there now (21 in the last quarter of over 24,500 views).

  4. I just figure if they can hack Experion who is supposedly protecting us from hackers, anyone who wants to find me will find me. I don’t give my address or person email except to those people with whom I want to be directly in touch, but otherwise? I have a known address, bank accounts, and I’ve been online for a very long time, so there’s a lot of me out there. There’s nothing left to protect, especially when the people who are there to protect me can’t even protect themselves.

    • This is so true Marilyn. Hubby has been able to locate some of the trolls that pestered him by knowing how to follow the trails. As soon as he revealed who they were, they stopped.

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