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Friday, October 31, 2008

Opening up......Part 1

I wonder how many bloggers out there use their real identities and how many don't??

As I get more and more experience at posting my thoughts, writings and photos; the original reluctance to put too much personal data on my pages has started to ebb a bit. Much in the same way a writer introduces readers to the characters in the story and develops those characters over time, I am slowly giving more and more glimpses into my family's and my life's inner workings and events. Is this something that all bloggers go through?? Are most web authors hesitant to divulge their personal information? I am interested in how many bloggers use psuedonyms. How many of them are concealing their true identities and locations to avoid having webtrolls invade their private lives? Not that we have any control over the countless trolls that are lurking out there in web-la-la-land, but I've seen some of the havoc these trolls can create. I personnally, am not bothered by the kind of people that are doing this, as I have grown up with seven older brothers and am quite thick-skinned.

However, I have seen how it affects some of the ladies who post such great stuff. Reading some of the comments posted on other sites (and watching a vblog of one young lady's courageous response to some of them) by trolls, I just rue the day when some unsavory browser posts his filth to or about one of my loved ones. My family is the only thing in my life that can be used to provoke me to unsavory behavior these days. It (my family) is the only thing I cherish more than my life itself. But, in all my fear of having someone else disrespect my family or use any information I post on my blogs against my family, I owe it to my family and myself to write from my heart and share with the blogging community the boundless euphoria that I call home and all the wonderful players in the drama unfolding in that home.

So with no further ado, I introduce one of the star attractions for my soul's relaxation, my sister. She is the one on the right, I am in the middle and my mother is on the left. She is wonderful. She is artistic and funny. She can cook, create, inspire and leap tall buildings in a single bound. She does custom furniture, makes dolls, and decorates interiors. She goes out of her way to reach out to everyone in our family at different times in a methodical rotating time schedule. She never misses a birthday or anniversary. She writes letters, too! Her imagination knows no bounds. Besides the picture frame with the portraits of myself and kids, she made me my favorite coffee cup. It came complete with portraits of both my kids, my favorite beer, my local rugby team logo, my favorite sport (soccer), my "name" (I've gone by Jerry for as long as I can remember), one of my nicknames and she signed and dated it. A master piece if ever I saw one. I will keep it forever (in case she becomes famous!!). Hand decorated with TLC, she had it glazed and fired in a local kiln for Xmas two years ago. I thought it had gotten stolen three weeks ago in Austin, Texas; but finally found it this past Monday. It was like finding gold in a riverbed. WOO HOO!!! She is not just my only sister, but my favorite sibling. She doesn't even know I have a blog site here (although my daughter just found me!!) on which I am singing her praises. So to answer some of the questions from some of my interested readers and fellow bloggers, my name is NOT Stu Pidasso. It is NOT Stewart Pidasso. It is NOT Jerry, but I have been called Jerry for most of my life. My name (in reverse to throw off the search engines) is etihW werdnA navE dlareG. I hope I have not offended anyone, I am just concerned about internet bad guys.


Diane said...

I understand why it's scary to put too much info out there. It never occurred to me (until after I started reading so many other blogs) that I could have called myself, my kid, my friends, etc, by different names. Oh well. I don't divulge last names, so hopefully that'll keep the crazies away :).

Your post about your sister is lovely. I wish my brother felt that way about me. We can barely stand to be in the same room (he voted for Bush and thinks Sarah Palin is God's gift to this election... need I say more?).

The mug is FANTASTIC! Don't put it in the dishwasher!

Stu Pidasso said...

I hand wash it every day. And I do not feel the same about all my siblings, as you will see in a future post.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I tried using only our first names, but I felt too open about using my first name. So I use mrs. d, which is totally generic and could be used by millions, but I do use my hubby's and son's first names. I try to remain ambiguous about my location and such, though. I suppose I am semi-anonymous.

So where did you get your "name" from?

Stu Pidasso said...

My name morphed over time. My sister (being the only girl) had her two sons come up with nick names for all eight uncles. Mine was Uncle Stupid because I just did things that make you scratch your head and wonder. Eventually it became "Tio Stu", and then shortened to "Stu" and finally "Stu Pidasso". I do a lot of writing under Stu Pidasso, I think it makes a nice psuedonym. To help cover that it is a psuedonym, I came up with Stewart Pidasso. The whole idea came from my father. I'll explain that one latere.

angie said...

Your sister sounds amazing, and like a real blessing in your life and in your familys. The mug she made you really is fantastic!

When I started my blog I thought only friends and family would be reading it. So, although I tried to be elusive about some (just in case) things (like the exact city I live in or the schools my kids go to), I didn't think twice about using our real names. I never dreamed my site would eventually get so much traffic. I've been VERY lucky though in that the worst comment I've ever received was almost laughable b/c the troll was trying so hard to come up with something that would sting. It didn't. If I had to do it over again, I would use a pseudonym.

Nice to meet you dlareg nave werdna etihw. :)

I like how Stu evolved. :)

Melissa said...

You are right on...and now I guess I do feel about foolish...because I always thought "oh, how funny that his name shorted out is like stupid know" (deerrrr, you got me)

Stu Pidasso said...

Wasn't trying to get anyone, just using a legitamite nickname to do my blogging. Sorry if you feel slighted, I didn't intend that.

Jennifer P. said...

Your REAL name....revealed! Too cool!

I started blogging before I knew about pseudonymns or funny names for your kids to go by. I just stuck it all out there and hope that the mere popularity of my name will throw off creepy Google guy. I have talked about my children less and less, and try to keep my city under wraps too--though friends often blab all about it in comments. I would love to start all over with a blog that had a more creative name, and have a whole "image" thing going for myself---but it just is what it is now. And you were so spot on with your observation of "evolution of character". I just am---really am---Jennifer P. and I'm ok with that rM. etihW!

Your sister, by the way, sounds amamzing. That is the most thoughtful gift ever!~