Art of the Psued
I'm Cobb. No, I'm Boohab. No I'm Mellow Mike.
Actually, I'm none of these people and all of them. Why? Because I'm a cyber-person, an entity playing a role within the context of a project.
My real name is Michael DC Bowen, and I've been online in dozens of different places carrying on various roles in writing for almost two decades. I started back in the mid 80s pre-internet days at Xerox as myself, a young professional for which email was second nature. At some point, in those days of narrow bandwidth, it became apparent that all of my interests might not be considered an appropriate use of technology. Like most hackers (we all were back then), I used a pseudonym. This age old tool can be very useful in various ways.
As I have moved from interest to interest and online forum to online forum, I have done so with various contexts in mind. These days I'm a political cartoonist, essayist and I represent the 'Old School' of black culture and politics as a blogger. But even within the context of my single blog, I have one perspective as a cartoonist and another as a political advocate.
I also maintain a blog and a portal which deal with my professional career. Furthermore I post in a Progressive political forum. Sometimes I overlap, sometimes I don't.
I have found that putting yourself out there in public is something that can be scary and perplexing. It changes not only how you are able to present yourself, but how you feel about yourself as an artist or as a person. It is fascinating too, to look back at the various perspectives from which you have written in determining how you have changed. What kind of writing style should you adopt? How personally should you engage readers? Should you always say what you believe? How seriously should you take yourself?
Thinking about your involvement in the web as sort of an anthropological study is a useful thing. Let's do that.