From my first post, I made it plain who I am. In the comment section here people address me as Cliff, 74, WIXY, WIXYgrad, and Dad. Anybody can address me by the first four. Only my children-Martha, Sylva, or Adam(WIXYjr) can call me "Dad."
To me, 74WIXYgrad is a branding. To most of the readers here, it has no significance. I keep it because that's what most know me as. There are others who post by one name and allow others to refer to their given name. There are others who use only their "blog name" when they are posting, but have trusted me with their given name. I respect that and will not use their given name when addressing them on blogger.
The reason I write this post is I got, along with many other folks, an email from Valley Girl. Because of the very personal nature of her blog, she guarded her identity and revealed it to nobody. That's okay by me. I had removed the link to her blog from my side bar awhile ago, due to some of the content, but still read it on occasion.
In the email, she stated that she felt it was best to shut down her blog because it was brought to her attention that some were going to great lengths to figure her identity out and use it to cause harm to her. That's not cool and to me things like that are what give social networking sites a bad name. Val was using her blog as an online diary and was not hurting anyone with it.
So if you are concerned with someone's identity if that someone isn't willing to reveal it, I have four words for you: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!