Anonymity

I recently received an email that my Cruel Goddess Ana post is going to be Freshly Pressed.

This caused a whirl of activity and feelings for me.

I am honored, obviously.  But being that I blog about my personal struggles and mental-health, it is my intent to remain anonymous.  So I am also terrified.

I went through my whole blog and added passwords to any entries that had pictures of me or close friends.  I think most of you have already seen them, but if any of you would like the password, just contact me.  I’m happy to provide it.

That should prevent any real life friends or family from identifying me.  There are a couple that would most likely figure out it’s me from stories, writing style, the names of my alters (some being nicknames I’ve gone by).  But those people wouldn’t judge me too harshly I think.  That and most of them do not frequent WordPress and it’s Freshly Pressed page.  So I doubt they’d stumble across it anyway.

I just wanted to be a bit safer.  I realized that recently I have been a little too careless with my anonymity.  No longer.

15 thoughts on “Anonymity

  1. sortaginger

    Congratulations on the recognition of the post. It can be a double-edged sword when it comes to these topics, but maybe it will open up the eyes of those who need to see it.

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    1. Pen Post author

      That’s what I’m hoping and why I didn’t freak out and tell the editors not to do it. I can only hope it reaches people who need it.

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  2. Bourbon

    I can understand your concerns but good on you for going through with it and just taking the precautions you needed to xx

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    1. Pen Post author

      Thank you. I think it’s been a beautifully positive experience so far. It’s wonderful to see such support for those struggling with an eating disorder.

      Completely worth the risk 🙂 (so far at least…)

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    1. Pen Post author

      Thank you! It’s been a great experience so far. I’m overwhelmed by the positive thoughts and support. It makes me hopeful to see the world filled with such people.

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  3. Mooselicker

    Sell-out.

    I don’t blame you for not being excited about the FP. A few people I know of had it and went into hiding after because it was too much. FP used to be a bigger deal when you were required to see that page to log-in. It’s still a pretty good honor so praise to you!

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    1. Pen Post author

      Hahaha. I can understand that. I ended up turning off the phone notifications on my email account for a bit so I could actually go about my life without constant alerts to my new comments.

      But honestly, I’ve found it to be a positive experience so far. The support and positive thoughts from bloggers has been overwhelming. It’s nice to know the WordPress community is supportive as a whole.

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  4. beadstork

    Congrats on your Fresh Pressing! I think it’s quite an honor. I’m an Ob/Gyn doctor, and a woman, and I’m following your blog because all kinds of women’s health issues interest me. I had the honor to have a patient with DID when I lived in Atlanta. She was brilliant – she had PhDs in Psychiatry and Theology. I’m sure you can imagine why. I was thrilled to get to meet some of her alters during the time I knew her. (Especially the delightful impulsive adolescent who had to show me all her tattoos.) She had suffered ritualized abuse at the hands of neighbors but had herself together well enough that she was educated, employed, and happily married. Her husband was a very sweet and understanding man.

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    1. Pen Post author

      It’s a pleasure to meet you.
      My doctor (GP and GYN combined) is semi-aware of my issues and has been one of my biggest supporters. I’m glad there are people like you in the medical field. Especially since that is normally an area I struggle with dealing with, even on a daily basis.
      Recently it’s been a bit better through the help of my GP and my on-and-off boyfriend, who is a paramedic. It’s been enlightening to know that not everyone in the medical field is narrow-minded and medication-obsessed.
      I hope you find my blog helpful. Please share any thoughts or observations you may have. And please do not take my fear of and anger towards the medical industry personally.

      Warm thoughts!

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    1. Pen Post author

      It does. It is immensely cathartic and healing to write it down. It’s an added bonus to discover such support in the blogging world 🙂

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  5. canidoeverything

    congrats on your recent freshly pressed honor- it’s actually how I found your blog (which I am loving- great writing, interesting subject matter, relatable in more ways than one might imagine). I get your concern though as my blog is also anonymous and I might DIE if people figured out who I was (or rick my career path).

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    1. Pen Post author

      Thank you. Glad you stopped by and decided to hang around a bit 🙂
      Yeah, my job is actually one of my top reasons for desperately remaining anonymous.
      Welcome and warm thoughts to you!

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