Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anonymous Blogging

I recently read an article where the author blasted bloggers who post their opinions behind the mask of anonymity. He called this an act of cowardice, and implied that such a practice made it more difficult to engage them in debate.

Is that true?

Actually, for me, this whole idea of anonymous blogging is a little wierd. I figure that if I have something to say, I should have the guts to back it up. Sometimes, though, hiding your identity is the only way to go. There may be legitimate reasons for not wanting others to know who you are.

As for me, this may come as a surprise to those who know me, but I can be opinionated at times.

I know ... I can see the shock in your eyes. I'll give you a minute to recover. What can I say, I am an attorney. I argue for a living, so it's not as if the debate frightens me. Having to publicly defend an unpopular opinion does not faze me either.

That being said, though, I'm caught in a bind. I hold an upper management position in my church. I am also responsible for being the legal advisor to the church. Therefore, as they say, my words can bind the church. Publicly, I have to watch the things I say, since they can be construed as official positions of the church.

To complicate matters, I have opinions that are not necessarily those of my church, or even those of my co-workers. Heck, even my friends often think I'm wierd. I am a pro-gun, politically conservative, fiscally conservative, registered Republican (currently unhappy with the party--but that's another post).

That puts me in the very small minority in my church. Very small. Tiny.

So, I imagine many of our members would have apoplectic fits if they thought for a minute that my hot air represented some official stance of the church.

Therefore, in order to keep my Senior Pastor, and any of the church leadership, from having to explain anything I say or write here, I have to "hide behind the mask."

Does that make me a coward? I don't think so. Just cautious.

Of course, you are free to disagree. Bring it on.

1 comment:

Ben komanapalli said...

I really like your post! I agree. it can get a little messy! If you are doing it for the benefit of the organization/leadership etc it is ok but if people comment on other blogs and stay anonymous just because they are "afraid" then it is being a coward!

Courage in needed in the blogging world! haha