Last week I did something that I almost never do. I ate lunch with another blogger. I gave up my anonymity. It is something that I have been reluctant to do. And aside from some very rare instances and the loutish of behavior of a few dullards my identity has remained unknown.
The decision to take off the mask and come out into the daylight was not easy. This blog has been a place in which I have shared some closely held secrets/feelings, but then again these secrets have been shared with you, the reader who often are bloggers as well. And that is what made the difference.
The blog has given all of us a chance to develop a relationship with each other and in some cases a genuine friendship has developed. So I can’t say that I was surprised to find that the conversation with this other blogger was quite comfortable. It felt very similar to seeing an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a while.
I left that meal with a lot to think about. Some of those thoughts may come out here and some of them are still being digested, but here is the general idea. Am I still being served by my anonymity. Is it something that is a help or a hindrance. Should I let my family and friends into my secret world. Should I invite them into my cyberspace living room or do I still limit entrance to the pseudo-secret club.