People responding anonymously on internet message boards and blogs is nothing new. I used to be more uncomfortable with it than I am now. Because before I started this writer gig, I was more than free with my opinions (and you aren’t now? I can hear you asking).
While in general, I do think it’s just best to say it and put your name up there, there are times when I just won’t reply at all, even when I really want to, because I have to be mindful of this public persona thing.
Not that I’m a shy virgin or anything. I talk shit with the best of them. I’m mouthy and opinionated and I don’t usually hesitate to tell people to fuck off. And yep, there are people who think I’m a foul mouthed feminist pornographer. And I am two of those three.
But recently, I’ve seen several cases in which authors reply anonymously and while I’m uncomfortable about it, I can see why they do it. I don’t agree with the anonymous commenter at AAR who bashes erotic romance and accuses us all of all sex no plot even when she admits she doesn’t read the genre. But I can see why she won’t put her name up.
We have this silly, but totally important thing which is public perception. I can skate the lines and flout the rules but after a certain point, I’m committing career suicide, even if I feel really strongly about something. And that sucks because just because I write books doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions about things! But you don’t want to know what Lauren Dane thinks about George Bush and so I have a private journal for that stuff.
And you probably do want to know which authors I think are fake assed suck up bitches. That would send my hits through the roof! But in the end, it would be a “really bad thing” and so I don’t do it. Or I save it for Anya and Megan who listen to me cause they’re saints.
Anyway, I’m sort of babbling but this issue has been on my mind lately.