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July 30, 2003

The Warren

The nice thing about the Internet is that online, no one knows you're a dog. The nicer thing about the Internet is that if someone does find out that you're a dog, you can always get yourself a new handle. So can anyone, though sometimes the consequences of having the old one found out are little bit harsher than those faced by a newly outed dog.

Just ask Iain Murray, the sassy little punkin, John Stanforth, anyone at Silent Running, the blue blanket, geekly or Dooce, all of whom were fired or faced the threat of being fired because of their blog.

For every blogger that one hears of facing harsh consequences for their website, there are probably five or ten that just give up the practice for fear of what might happen should they keep on. Some few may have started over under a different name, but most are gone forever., having decided that it wasn't worth the trouble of rebuilding an audience from scratch, or feeding the blog monster new content every day.

Which brings us to another problem. Some otherwise excellent bloggers get worn down by the need to update the site on a regular, usually daily, basis. I remember reading a post once, (sorry don't remember where) about the need to have not only bloggers who wrote every day, but weekly and monthly bloggers as well, positing that just because some people don't have something to say every day doesn't mean that the intermittent insights they do are aren't valuable.

Likely such occasional postings would be valuable, but there's not been a rush of people to that style, for one reason; 99% of weekly and monthly blogs don't ever draw an audience, and wither on the vine for the lack of one. Eject Eject Eject manages to pull it off, but Bill has a gift not many people possess.

I know, I know, if you're not writing for yourself, you shouldn't be writing. Ideally, that's so, but in actuality most people will write more, and better, if they're performing for a crowd, even a small one. Kehaar will tell you for a fact that's the only reason I'm still here.

Back in my door to door vacuum cleaner days the mantra drilled into every single one of the poor benighted bastards we employed was "First, point out the problem. Second, solve the problem."

Problem one: Some bloggers need or desire anonymity, for various reasons. It's possible to put a fake name on a domain, but there are still purchase records for that domain. Blogspot can provide a fairly effective anonymity, but only via the buggy, and widely despised, free service.

Problem two: Intermittent bloggers don't get enough traffic to sustain a site.

Solution? I don't know. Not for sure. But I'm willing to take a stab at it. Based on what happens, maybe someone can come up with a better solution.

Presenting Silflay Hraka: The Warren. Woundwort, Kehaar and Bigwig are pseudonyms, most anyone can find out who we are with just a bit of digging, but The Warren is a den of anonymity, inhabited by those who for whatever reason desire a cloak or a a fresh start.

The Warren is also open to intermittent bloggers as well, people who don't want the trouble of keeping up with their own site on a daily basis, people who will provide extra cover for those truly desiring anonymity.

There's only one blogger at present, Blackavar, who fits into one of the two categories above. More will come eventually. And yes, I'll know something about all of them, but not much, and what I do know I expect I'll forget.

Thank/blame the beer, and my advancing decrepitude.

Like all blogs, SHTW will eventually grow an audience of its own, but one of us here at Hraka will post a summary of the content appearing at there on a daily basis, so some portion of the Hraka audience will stop by from the very beginning.

Something along the lines of:

Today, in the Warren.

The precious holy relics of Uday and Qusay.
Why union employees should not rip off Calvin and Hobbes.
More than one way to skin a bairn.
And commentary on the meme of the day, the Gay High School, or as I like to call it, Queer Pegs.

The Warren is an experiment, it may fly, or not. But if you're interested in being part of an anonymous team blog, let me know.

Update: I knew someone was missing from the list of bloggers who lost jobs above, I just couldn't remember who. It was Moxiepop.

Finally, regarding the little blue blanket. A little blue bird tells us that "Changes to her blog were work-related, although keeping her job was never an issue; she remains employed at her workplace, and no threat of termination was ever made."

Posted by Bigwig at July 30, 2003 12:05 AM | TrackBack
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Hi! Just wanted to correct some factual statements---I wasn't fired nor did I face the threat of being fired because of my blog (at least to my knowledge). I do not wish to go into why I revised my blog here, but they were not for those reasons you set forth. As you can see, I still have a (somewhat redacted) blog up and running, though I haven't been adding to it lately because I've been working on another one, one that didn't raise the same concerns the previous one did.

This is not to say that none of the other people you listed were fired or were faced with the threat of firing. That just wasn't the case with me.

Posted by: steph at July 30, 2003 01:12 PM

Thanks Steph, I'll update.

Posted by: Bigwig at July 30, 2003 02:10 PM

(boy am I sounding like a stickler, but I don't mean to!) Technically, my changes were related to work, but not regarding my employment status, if that makes any sense.


Posted by: steph at July 30, 2003 02:19 PM

I tell you what. You tell me what to put up there, and I'll post it. :)

Posted by: Bigwig at July 30, 2003 02:33 PM

:) "Changes to her blog were work-related, although keeping her job was never an issue; she remains employed at her workplace, and no threat of termination was ever made."

Posted by: steph at July 30, 2003 03:14 PM


Posted by: steph at July 31, 2003 10:02 AM
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