Lorelle, By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet
An Open Letter to Lorelle Vanfossen
Imagine my surprise and dismay when I read that you had forgotten to include another well known blogger who has been around much longer than most of whom you mentioned. (Now that I think of it, I don’t recall you mentioning him under any circumstances - ever. Oh well.)
As you know Blog Bloke is my internet persona and has been a fixture in the blogosphere for numerous years, blogging professionally about the subject of blogging and blog news before anyone had heard of the Blog Herald (or you for that matter).Blog Bloke was given to me as a nickname by a friend and somehow it stuck. It also seemed appropriate given the nature of my blogging.
I suppose you could say that the word blog is a “keyword”, much like the word camera (but somehow Camera Bloke doesn’t work for me).
Frankly I never thought of it in terms of a keyword before. It seemed a fitting descriptor at the time but the fact remains Blog Bloke is now my brand as well as me. We are both one and the same and I see no problem with that.
So what’s the problem?
You can accuse me of being an anonymous blogger if you like, but when you’ve been around as long as I have the issue really becomes moot don’t you think. (Rhetorical question).
So are you somehow suggesting that I am wrong for using my blog persona, or that I should not be taken seriously? If so, then my dear you are sadly mistaken. My body of work within the blogosphere speaks for itself.
What’s In A Name?
What’s in a name anyway? Can you not spend a hundred bucks and legally change your name if you want?
To quote another famous author (who might also have used a pen name) a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, would it not? (Another rhetorical question).
Could I not also just as easily spam someone using Lorelle as my name? Is Lorrelle in fact your real name? Obviously I have no way of knowing that for certain unless I met you personally and showed me your ID. (When hell freezes over.)
Are we not talking semantics here, because we have no way of really knowing who is doing the writing behind the computer screen… do we? (Another rhetorical… well, you know).
Please forgive me if I’m misreading you but I’m finding your premise to be a little arrogant as well as preposterous. I can only guess that your angst comes from receiving a disproportionate number of anonymous commenters that might not like you.
Alas, people have been using handles/nicknames on the internet as long as it has been in existence and no rant by you or anyone else can change that.
I have no problem with a commenter using whatever persona they wish to use (and I see no reason to make a flap over it, or a post either for that matter).
UPDATE: This is hilarious. Apparently Ms. VanFossen considers Blog Bloke a spammer as she removed my comment linking to her post. I’ll try it again so let’s see what happens.