Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Master of Disguise

I remember as a teenager, I was the first in my class to have internet. I remember the night we all gathered around the computer as my Dad was setting up screen names for each of us. It was so early on, that we didn't even think to have original screen names. We used our first names with a single initial for our last names. We didn't even have to add any numbers to the end because we were using America Online before many people even had computers. It was a toy. We used the internet for trading jokes, going into chat rooms, and instant messaging - mostly with strangers.

A few years passed, and I started using the internet for things like research, and homework. I would email my friends and family. I even occasionally read the news, and surfed the web.

Slowly, the internet, the people using it, and the world around us started to change. I've noticed that more and more people have been using the internet anonymously. Meaning, that they have created fake twitter and facebook accounts so they can interact with whomever they choose, but without anyone knowing who they are.

They are using  mask - hiding behind their computers and afraid to show us who they are.

I started this blog anonymously. I was afraid of people seeing what I would write about them, and didn't want anyone to be hurt or angry with me. But the fact is, that nothing I write on here is a secret. If I have a secret, you can be darn sure that I wouldn't publish it on the internet for the world to see.

My blog is like my home. It's not perfect in it's appearance. It's not even all organized and put away.But it's all me. And I'm proud of that.