For over a year now I've been using the name nunatak as my nom de blog. But after reading with interest last month's discourse on the issue of pseudonymous blogging/commenting, and I must say that I've been persuaded by some of the arguments for using one's real name.Henry David Thoreau
One "simplify" would have sufficed.Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are, of course, some very good reasons to be anonymous or at least pseudonymous online, such as hiding one's children's identities from smarmy--or even downright scary--denizens of the internet, or protecting oneself from discrimination at work, or even from potential threats from violent extremists of various stripes. The thing is, none of these apply to me. I've no children to fear for, and I think the benefits of being Karen James rather than nunatak online outweigh the potential disadvantages.
Of course, nunatak is not really a pseudonym because everyone can see who I am by clicking through to my profile ...but then doesn't that render nunatak sort of meaningless? Not only that, but nunatak has, on several of occasions, even sewn confusion, not least over its pronunciation.
So it's a fond farewell to nunatak--it was
Wait, actually, there is one thing I'll miss about being nunatak, and that's sharing a name with a (the?) British Antarctic Survey band, who played a Live Earth concert from Antarctica. If I'm honest with myself, though, this was definitely a case of cool by association, and that's not really a good enough reason on its own to keep the name.
Oh, and if some of you forget and call me nunatak or even Nun (you know who you are), well, that's okay with me, but I take no responsibility when other people squint at you.