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Thursday, December 15, 2005
Secret Blogging Identities
Because I wear the orange tinted goggles, I felt sure that UT would beat Vanderbilt this year. Certainly there was nothing in the preivous 22 years that said we'd lose to the black and gold on our home turf. But this was the Vols this year, who could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with the best of 'em. I forgot this fact a few weeks ago when John of Salem's Lot and I made a small wager on who'd win the game. We wagered a lunch (not at the Palm or some other such high priced establishment) on each of our respective teams and then sat back to await the results.

My thinking on the situation was--well, even if the Vols lose, I'll still get to enjoy lunch with a friend, so it's not all that bad.

Well, the Vols lost and today we finally found a time for me to pay off my debt and stop being a welcher.

Over Chinese buffet, John and I were discussing various things such as our love of Veronica Mars, Buffy and the Nashville blogging community. We were talking about our impressions of various bloggers we'd met in real life and did those expectations often gel with the image we'd created in our heads of the person behind the words. Sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn't. I think part of that is that with a blog, you can show off certain parts of your personality but keep others on the backburner. For example, if you read my blog on a regular basis, you'd quickly figure out that I love UT and that I watch too much TV.

We talked about the history of our blogs, how we started them and why. I admitted that I'd had on-line journals before, but I've never really been in as active a community of bloggers as I've found around Nashville. In fact, I've met quite a few of my fellow bloggers at various functions and in real life and it's always interesting to meet them. For example, a few weeks ago I went to see the new Harry Potter with a group of people--some who blog and some who don't. At one point in the evening, someone was sharing a story and said, "Well, I blogged about it...didn't you read it already?" which made me laugh. Or along those lines, I was asking a friend how her Thanksgiving dinner went (she made the pies for her boyfriend's family dinner having never made pies before) and she replied, "Well, I blogged about it...just go read the entry."

I often wonder how many times those of us with blogs have said that to a fellow blogger. Or on the other side, who in the real world do we tell we've got a blog? I mean, do you tell everyone you know--hey, I blog and here's how to find it. Or do you keep it a secret from the close family and friends, even though anyone with an Internet connection could concievably find the blog and read it. And does that enter into how you portray yourself on-line? Again, if you read my blog, you know a bit about me, but is that "real" me? Or is it just part of my personality that I allow to peak out on-line and say hello?

It's just something to think about.

Oh yeah, I was also wondering something. At the last blogger meet-up at Mafiosa's there were rumors of a blogger holiday party to take place. Now, I've not heard anything about it which means either it's not happening due to the hectic nature of this time of year or it's high school all over agan for me. I prefer to believe that it's the former explanation and was wondering if there might not be a Festivus meet-up in January after the insanity of the holidays has slowed down to a dull roar?

posted by Michael Hickerson at 12/15/2005 02:00:00 PM | |
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