Anonymity And The Internet
Overall, I am very much in favor of the anonymity that the internet can provided. But like all things, folks will always find ways of using anonymity in less-than-positive ways.
Anonymity In Comments
I am fine with folks leaving anonymous comments on this blog. Unlike friends Marilyn and Kathy, I think it’s perfectly fine to attach no name or e-mail or web URL to your comments.
In ways, it makes it a bit more difficult to respond to anonymous commenters, such as my last post, where I wasn’t sure of which pronoun to use. But I consider the downsides to be minor inconveniences.
When I first started using the internet, I opted to create two on-line ID’s. One that was mostly for family and business, which included my full name. The other one, QueerJoe, which was used for all things personal (and has now extended to this blog). Having the anonymous moniker allowed me to redefine myself in an on-line forum, and I have to admit, I gained quite a bit of self-confidence as a result of being able to self-define.
I personally believe that well-written folks who can type quickly have a strong advantage in web settings, such as blog forums, newsgroups and chat rooms. Since I’ve always felt confident writing, and I can type pretty quickly, I’ve always been able to present myself very well on-line. More so perhaps than in person.
Most folks who read this blog, don’t know my last name, and I’m glad for that. There have been folks that have tried to damage me or my reputation in the past using this blog as ammunition, and I’m glad to say that no one has been successful yet.
This past weekend, I spent time on three different knitting projects. The first one is a secret, so I can’t go into it. The second two, blog readers are already aware of.
First of all, I finished my fourth willie warmer felted clog.
I think I’ll complete at least two more pairs before I felt any of them. I’m figuring that the more crowded the washing machine is, the faster they’ll felt.
I also made so more progress on the colorblock cardigan.
This shows that I’ve made it past the armhole shaping, and I’ll soon be doing shaping for the neckline.
Carol asks, “Joe, do I count as immoral if my third kid was a twin and therefore born along with the second?”
Normally, I would say it was completely immoral, but yours are so cute, they make up for their overpopulating parents.