Monday, May 25, 2015

Trying To Give a Little Credit Where Credit is Due

I've always tried to stay relatively anonymous online (if that's even possible) by being a little vague about exactly where I live, who also works with me around the farm, how or if we're related, etc., but it seems unfair and a little misleading to not somehow give credit to everyone else that's involved around the farm.  I'd have a harder time getting some things done without a little help, and I couldn't do some things at all without the help I get.

So, I've decided to start referring to people by initials, so that they can still be somewhat anonymous, they can also get a little credit for what they do around the farm, and I don't sound like some sort of go-it-alone guy single-handedly building a farm in the wilderness.

Plus, it will make it a little easier to tell stories about whatever is going on around the farm.

So stay tuned for exciting stories of what Rich and B. are doing tomorrow, or what Rich and W. did last week.


  1. Anonymity is a hard thing. When I started out blogging over a dozen years ago, I was pretty meticulous at preserving my anonymity but like you said, it is hard to give others who might read it an accurate sense of what is reality. Also, I found it hard to keep separate those who knew me and my blog from those who knew me but didn't know about the blog. Another hitch was that I met quite a few people via blogs whom I would like to know in real life which required giving up my anonymity. Finally I made the decision a number of years back to let go of some of the anonymity in return of being a little bit more free in what I could blog about and getting to know others who blog via different avenues such as in person or Facebook, etc. Now about half the people who read my blog know my actual identity and in sort of an unspoken rule among others like me, we keep using our assumed identities to at least make it a little more difficult for others to try an identify us.

    I come completely out in the open if it weren't for two things. The first being what gets put on the internet has a tendency to stay on the internet so should my situation change sometime in the future, I would want to make it harder for some people to connect the dots. The second was that back in my blogging infancy when I was meticulous about being anonymous, I found a stalker who because I didn't agree with her political statements, went out of her way to make my life miserable by writing letters to my boss. Fortunately, my anonymity prevented her from actually succeeding though someone out there probably had an interesting conversation with their boss because she informed me she sent several. That seems however to be a rare case and I've never had another stalker.

    I look forward to your posts with more characters in it. I will probably have to change my mental image of Rich the bachelor spending his days experimenting in agriculture out in the wild Oklahoma plains.

    1. It's always possible, but I'd be surprised if I ever had a stalker, but having made the mistake of saying that, I'll probably get about a dozen of them tomorrow.

      On this blog and the handful of blogs that I've made a habit of making a bunch of comments, I've always tried to leave out most references to family, friends, my private life, etc., but on a blog it can leave a false or incomplete impression at times (if that makes sense).

      I used to read a column in Four Wheeler magazine written by Granville King about his life living in Baja with his faithful dog, Dawg (also known as Super Dawg or Dumb Dawg depending on the situation). In truth, Dawg represented his various friends and family that were actually part of his life in Baja. Writing about Super Dawg and Granville made for better stories and kept his private life a little more private at the same time.

      Originally I considered doing something similar, but thought that if my actual friends and family ever stumbled across the adventures of Rich and Dumb Dawg they might take it the wrong way, it seemed almost like plagiarism to imitate Granville's writing style, and I wasn't sure if anyone else would be able to easily figure out who Dawg was supposed to be.

      So with all that in mind, I'm just going to use initials to represent friends and family (maybe even foes), and you'll still have to form a mental image of your own of who those people might be in real life.

  2. Ah, the bloggers lament!

    Indeed, anonymity is a hard thing in writing. I also leave quite a few personal references out, and indeed I don't even post some posts that I'd like to, for the same reason. But that does make it tough!

    1. Anybody determined enough could probably easily figure out all the who's, where's, and what's about me from what I've written, but I've always thought that everyone else around me still has the right to be anonymous or at least it shouldn't be due to anything that I'd done.

      Putting everything out there online like a lot of the farms that direct market their products do might be the hardest part of direct marketing for me if I ever chose to start selling more off the farm.