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On beginning and shedding anonymity

Posted: November 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: blogging | Tags: , , | 12 Comments »

Sometimes you just have to start, right?

I have lived with a completely fun and anonymous handle on twitter, wordpress, and elsewhere for a long time and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the anonymity. I loved playing with online art groups using a pseudonym. I was less daunted when asking questions of industry colleagues. And I experimented in finding my voice as a “professional librarian” (whatever they are meant to sound like!), a blogger, an actor, etc. However I have decided to “go live” with my real name in the hope that I can connect more significantly with people. I hope to learn more from others – and to learn about myself – by sharing more of myself. I also anticipate my “putting my name to my work” decision will motivate me to blog more frequently and honestly. My online anonymity gave me a certain type of confidence; I was less fearful of making mistakes. But in the few years I’ve been working in libraries, and while I have been exploring online learning, playing with new technologies, and re-kindling the actor within, I keep hearing & reading the same phrase: “it’s OK to make mistakes”.

My mantra for 2011 is “Just start” – so here I go.

  • Ruth Baxter January 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Impressive thought in this topic. Looking forward to more of ur voice :-)

    • dpgreen January 10, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Thank u Ruth, I appreciate u visiting & yr feedback. I too look fwd to sharing with u & others :) (And perhaps another FUNN learning experience?)

  • dpgreen January 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Have you read my first blog post?! 😉

    • Markfchris January 11, 2011 at 8:53 am

      @dpgreen good on you!

      • dpgreen January 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

        @Markfchris Thx v much! :)

  • chelle March 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    hello doll – only just getting around to reading this now – well done. will look into feeds soon so i can get your latest.

    • dpgreen March 6, 2011 at 3:13 am

      Hey ‘Chelle! Thx for stopping by :) Congrats on yr awesome HUGE decisions! I look fwd to hearing abt yr adventures. And reading yr published work soon 😀

  • learningdutch June 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    A brave decision I admire. Maybe you can check in with my blog in week 2 of #cpd23 – I need some pointers (encouragement?) what to do about anonymity etc.

    • dpgreen June 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      (Pls excuse my late reply…) Hello & thank you! Honestly? I took *ages* deciding to shed my anonymous handle, and *ages* writing this post, & re-writing etc. I was never really happy with it but I finally took the plunge & pushed “publish”! So I really appreciate you reading & commenting. I’m very happy to share my experiences with going live as ‘me;’ so just ask, anytime. I have been reading your cpd23 posts & enjoying them & look fwd to more learning together :)

  • Hana June 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I’m glad you went public :-)

    • dpgreen June 27, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Oh thank you! I’m glad we met online. IRL next hey?!

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