Settling In

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.

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