It’s Friend Friday and this week Modly Chic has some thought-provoking questions about blogger privacy.
And I have another picture of my boots.
Do you think privacy is something we should worry about as bloggers?
I think it depends on what you mean by privacy. This is a public forum, one that is given to discussion, so I think if I were truly worried about privacy I would not blog at all. I do, however, take certain precautions to hide my “real world” identity for various professional reasons. And I feel fully in control of that. That said, anyone who knows A-Dubs and me well in real life would know it was us immediately. And I’m in control of that too.
Do you use your real name or a pen name? What was behind that decision?
A pen name, though it winks at my public profession, often good-naturedly derided by the cool kids. Little do those Early Modernists know,
we are the cool kids, yo.
Photo source:Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
My work is also very public. A twerpy little man from mine and AW’s grad school days would often stress the importance of our job as “public intellectuals” and I remember thinking he was overstating the case. He was not. I am very much under scrutiny by students, by university administrators, by colleagues at work and by colleagues in my field and I need to maintain degrees of professionalism that adhere to the standards of decorum of the most conservative of those eyes. So I do not blog under my own name, which is an essential part of my professional identity.
How much personal information do you reveal about your life beyond the blog?
This blog is about our profession, and our professional dress sense, so this blog is very much a part of my “life beyond,” though that life can be tricky to navigate, especially as early-career scholars and probationary faculty members. As a result, I feel much more comfortable working on this blog anonymously. None of my colleagues know about this blog and very few of my friends know about it. At AW’s urging, this was an exercise for me to step away from my work with something fun and frivolous. It says a lot about our profession that “fun and frivolous” for us is still, in some ways, tied inextricably to our work.
And it has, I think, become something much more than just our teaching outfits, and much more than frivolous and much more fun, which has been an excellent, excellent surprise.
What will you never reveal?
My nipples. They’re pretty nice, but we’re not that kind of blog.
As bloggers, we have to an extent made ourselves ‘public’ figures. But still there are things that are intimate to each of us that does not need to be known by anyone that stumbles across our blog. How do you determine what is appropriate for public consumption and what is private to you?
As you may have noticed. A-Dubs and I do not show our faces in photos. For me, this is partly about remaining relatively anonymous but it is partly (okay a big part) about vanity. One of my friends (an early modernist cool kid) has observed about me that I am “much better-looking in real life”: a polite way of pointing out I do not work my angles in photographs, i.e. I am NOT photogenic. Not even a little bit. And since picture-taking is already a bit of a chore (I know, I need to get a tripod) cutting off my head is the best solution. Also, on those days I work from home, it means I don’t have to do my hair or make-up just to take horrible pictures of myself.
To demonstrate. This is my hair in public-consumption mode:
Clean, combed, jaunty.
This is my hair in early-morning-surprise mode:
Unwashed and insane. (I’m a restless sleeper.)
I feel it is best that I don’t subject Blognation to Early Morning Surprise Hair on a regular basis. Best for both of us. You’re welcome.
And, in case you are wondering, here are my boots.
I’m wearing them with my nightshirt.
Do you have private parts you keep from the internet?