A Blog Post Inspired in Comments
It is just a shame that I must choose among so many interesting conversations developed in comments these last 12 days. I’m following them not so much as a lurker – not any more – because I feel as if I was invited and present in a friendly group, though not obliged to talk, as I come late in the evening and it gets harder to dwell with foreign words or just to concentrate.
Almost all of those comments would easily be the inspiring source for a post -how can I choose?
I’ll pick, randomly, a reflexive conversation generated both retrospectively and prospectively from a post at The Eddublogger
about the value of using and developing our own identity as blogging teachers.
This splendid post, besides including a step by step explanation on how to change our display name and setting up our comment avatar, also raises the question about the reasons of our choices concerning on-line identity, thus generating a warm conversation of cross comments leading us to the past -“Vicki Davis’s advice to educators on the value of using their own identity
(take the time to read the comments also)” – and to the future – Kimberley’s “What’s in a name?
and its comments.
I notice that good past conversations, as good past posts, remain “alive” and maintain the inner energy to generate new comments and unfold conversations. They keep their original quality of “challenging something in our thought patterns”
It seems to be something ethical about the question of on-line identity: for Michelle Martin it’s an unavoidable requisite to be authentic both as a person as a professional, thus assuming on the face of the world one’s words and deeds; “if you can’t stand behind your words, are they worth sharing?”
as commenter Robb says.
Sue Waters, while defending the advantages of offering to others the reliability and the seriousness that a real name evokes, not only distinguishes the situation of students from that of adults dealing on-line, but also leaves up to each person the free decision to expose his real name, thus unifying the inner sense of self: “…you can only be one identity on line…”
I love this “therefore so do I”; for the moment, my students are my reason and my pretext for being on- line; on the School site and on the Moodle platform we all keep our real names; as soon as we go out to the “web-sea” we wear our made-up usernames. Mine is made with the initials of both my first and last real names: Ines and Pinto. I think I must sign my comments with, at least, my real first name; and I find that edublog’s is a friendly environment, where I can change my avatar for a photo, thus becoming more real to my fellow-bloggers and opening more authentically to them.
As for the user name, I’ll keep it for a while: it’s part of my identity too; I’ve chosen it, it was not imposed upon me, as my real name; it’s made of the real initials, it’s not so far from reality, I may easily explain it and show my name through it; for the moment, it is a mark of my condition of being “a digital migrant”, not entirely at home yet, in this new kingdom; it is also a way to keep by my young students as they are not allowed to walk “unveiled” yet. (Only today I’ve realized that a text from a student, duly signed, had been pinged at Technorati: I’m not supposed to publish their texts until June…)
It keeps swirling on my head – there would be so much to say about this…
Although I’m late in accomplishing my challenge duties, I keep learning and enjoying comment08.