"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Blogging Anonymously and Non-Anonymously

October 18th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Erich Vieth

I understand that we are all a bit nervous now that a persona named “Mark Tiedemann” has seemingly come out of nowhere to take over Jason Rayl’s body. I’m hoping that Jason didn’t go down without a fight because I did enjoy many of Jason’s posts.

Actually, I’ve known Mark Tiedemann for 20 years. I’ve known him as a precise yet eloquent writer, as a thinker, as a musician and as a friend. It’s good to have him here using his actual name, though I fully understood why Mark began his early blogging career under an assumed name– he discusses those reasons here.

I know that Mark has been considering the use of his actual name for several months. I chuckle at his recent surprise when I advised Mark that one of his posts, “Reading in America,” had become quite popular, with more than 20,000 people reading it over the past week. I suspect that the difficulty of taking some personal credit for this solid piece of writing made anonymity a bit too cumbersome for him. Or perhaps he made the move in a moment of jealousy, because that guy named “Jason” was outshining him. The endpoint is the same, no matter the ultimate reason: Welcome to this blog, Mark Tiedemann!  Read more…

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