Someone has asked me why I am contributing under a pen-name, since the first thing I did was to tell the whole world who I am.
Heck, I don’t know. I thought it would be neat to have a pen-name. I had some vague ideas about anonymity, too. As soon as I started blogging, though, I realized that I would not be able to resist linking to a lot of my own stuff; and in any case, friends tell me my style is unmistakable. So I guess there wasn’t much point.
Walter has pointed out the downsides of blogging under a pen-name:
- Reader confusion.
- Lack of recognition for one’s work.
- The blogosphere’s general devaluing of anonymous commentary.
- Giving one’s opponents an opening to hint that one is hiding something.
I guess he’s right. Having started out as Bradlaugh, though, I shall continue until some negative consequence ensues, then rethink. It’s nice, in any case, to give a little publicity to Bradlaugh, beneath whose statue the teenage me learned to smoke cigarettes.