The Problem of Anonymity

My airplane reading this for this trip is a book I’ve wanted to read for a few months now: Small is the New Big by Seth Godin. It’s a collection of ‘the best’ of his blog posts over the past 3-4 years. While I spend a lot of time reading online I still appreciate holding some paper in my hands.

He riffs on the troubles associated with anonymity on the internet. Seth’s against it. Says it causes a ton of problems, not least of which are spam, flame wars, trolls and general bitchiness. My favorite line:”anonymity is the enemy of civility.”

You know, I completely agree. When I started this blog I thought about writing under a pseudonym or leaving my blog completely anonymous. But within a week of my first post I read two blogs by people I know in Regina and i was appalled by how cranky the blogs were. Not really the tone [not my style, but that’s OK], but more that they didn’t have the guts to put their name behind what they were writing.

My question: who do you respect/admire more, someone who anonymously puts up a web page criticizing local government, or some kids who recorded a song criticizing local government [click ‘ode to Pasquala’] and perform it live on stage all over the city no matter who attends?

Happy February!

I for one am glad that January is over. Nothing but cold and snow with some hockey thrown into break the tedium.

I’ve been a little behind in my posting on this blog since I’ve been getting an internal company blog going at work. I can’t link to it since it’s, well, internal. Sorry. I still think that it’s better in the long run to blog outside the firewall but we’ll start in small steps.

I’ve been Burned, and it feels Great!

This blog is now available as an RSS feed thanks to Feedburner. If you don’t want to come back to this blog day after day, just hoping against all hope that there’s a new post, you can click the little ‘subscribe’ chicklet on the right [over there —> ] and subscribe to the feed.

If you’re using a useful browser like Firefox, it’ll create a live bookmark which will show new post titles as they are published. If you use multiple computers, or just want to manage all your blog subscriptions, Google Reader or Bloglines will make blog reading easy.

It makes me giddy just thinking that one of my posts may one day show up on the same screen as Seth Godin or Doc Searls. OK, it’ll likely only be on my own reader, but I can dream, can’t I?

First Post

Well Hi,

So here’s my first post on my WordPress blog. I’ve been “firmly persuaded” to write more and I wanted to do that in a way that I could share it, add photos, video, etc. and WordPress looks like a good place to do just that.

I’m not completely sure what to write about, or at least how to organize it. Lots of interests, you might say. But one of the things I’m tired of is waiting to get everything figured out before I take a step and that bad habit stops right here and now.

That is, it stops with the next post.