Friday, May 02, 2008

The power of secrecy

so while i blog, sporadically, I know that what I post here does not come tied to my name, to my home, to my classroom, or to my family. I bitch, I whine, I write out the problems I am working through. This is the magically power of anonymity. I don't think I would be half as candid if I were writing under my own name.

This post has a point, I swear. I recently discovered the blog of a student at my school...I don't teach him directly, but he is around and dates one of my kids. It is a riot. He is one of the most expressive and entertaining kids I have read the rantings of. The shame of it is that he is not writing in secret, and so he has been pushed (persuaded? forced? coerced?) into censoring himself due to the discomfort of others.

Seriously though? If you don't like it, surf away. no one is forcing you to read the ramblings of an 18yr old high school senior, or of this 27year old high school teacher for that matter. I hope that this kid finds a pseudonym to work through. Because he is worth reading, and provides a real look into a true "average" kid.


At 7/12/2008 11:36 PM, Anonymous alice said...

that's always a shame. but i've done away with my name and many personal details on my personal blog for the same reason. it's been relatively safe for a while.

At 9/09/2008 3:47 PM, Blogger Mike D, the doorguy said...

Anonymity is a great thing. I've been doing it for a little while now. I started that way just due to liabilities. I've been slacking as of late but all in due time.

Glad to see that your back in the game.


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