A few thoughts on a philosophical change for this blog. You may have noticed that I have posted my picture on the blog, replacing the Swedish Chef avatar that I've displayed previously. While I've operated this blog semi-anonymously since it opened, my actual identity has been easy enough to figure out. If anyone were to Google my name, Mr. Dilettante is the first thing that pops up, along with references to some other dude with the same name who is apparently a science teacher near St. Louis. I'm sure he's a good guy.
The issue of privacy is a slippery one for all bloggers, but as I have made efforts to raise the public profile of this feature it's made less sense for me to disguise my identity. All the items that I cross-post on True North will go up under my byline, so disguising my identity no longer makes much sense anyway.
There are concerns about revealing one's identity, of course -- various MOB bloggers had to deal with a fairly unhinged lefty blogger who was using images posted on MOB blogs for nefarious purposes last fall. Could something like that happen? Sure. I can't worry about it, though. I stand behind every word that I've published here. And I will do my level best to make visiting this site worth your time.