Clattery MacHinery on Poetry

February 7, 2007

Warning to Other Writers About Using Blogger

Filed under: Blogger, by Bud Bloom, freedom, freedom of speech, poetry, poets, pseudonyms, WordPress — Clattery MacHinery @ 2:31 am

Some of you may know that I have another poetry blog that is not kept under a pseudonym.

There are several reasons I use Bud Bloom. Here are four.

1. A pseudonym is psychologically liberating. Each time I write as Bud Bloom, I re-enter the world with no other role other than to tackle the subject matter at hand.

2. If you know who I am, you are probably a “friend”, someone I have chosen to share my identity with. In this way, Bud Bloom is like a secret hand shake. I get to share thoughts that come from the real me with those of my choosing, those I trust.

3. Alternatively, I may choose that certain people have no clue that I participate in this activity. It’s not something that happens often, but every once in a while, I meet someone I would not like to share that I have this blog as a reflective aspect of my personality. This has nothing to do with shame, by the way, although for other writers, I could see that it could.

4. With a pseudonym, I may be bold and say things, take political or religious positions that others may hate. If they hate these ideas, they may want to look me up and bring me harm. When I am not Bud Bloom, I am the easiest person to find, a sitting duck.

A serious fault in the Blogger conversion program, has merged my two identities. When I am not blogging as Bud Bloom, it is important that people know who I am. This is different from my day job that makes me the easy mark. It has to do with poetry, and goals. Therefore, I would like to be able to be “looked up” and easily identified. As relatively popular as this blog has become, the other is both more popular and more relied upon by others. I must be able to have my real name when I choose to blog with it.

By merging the two identities, it is as if Blogger is forcing me and other writers to make a choice. The problem is that I had already made my choice to have both.

If all my posts at my other blog and around the Blogger world were by “Bud Bloom,” it would be very clear who Bud Bloom really is. My pseudonym, which I have had for years before blogging ever existed, would be revealed in the blogosphere. It would then be obvious who Bud Bloom was in other realms as well. In fact, last month, Blogger was responsible for revealing this to the entire blogging world through their Blogger conversion program.

I may have to delete this blog. I imagine that writers around the world have not complained, but simply felt the heat and deleted the blogs that put them at risk, hopefully before their identities were revealed to the wrong people, hopefully before they were marked for death or an investigation was opened that would imprison them for ideas they expressed.

Why not convert to WordPress or something? Because the new blog precludes this conversion to other software. I imagine the reason is that Blogger will be charging for these services soon, and does not want anyone “escaping”. I may have folded if it had to do with such economic hijinks. But, when it has to do with my freedom of expression. I cannot. I write. [Note: it was a pleasant surprise to be able to bring all my Bud Bloom posts over to this WordPress Blog]

I have been e-mailing Blogger “support” for weeks now. They took weeks to respond, and once Karl started in, he failed to read what the issue was, and converted all my posts everywhere to Bud Bloom again. He e-mailed me, telling me he fixed the problem. I immediately e-mailed him back, and he changed things such that I could only post elsewhere as “Bud Bloom”–another shallow reading of the problem, and another quick “fix”.

I have e-mailed him every other day since for over a week, and he does not respond. It is as if he has written on a docket “problem fixed by yours truly, Karl superstar, once again” or this issue has been placed into another queue as I await another member of the Blogger Team to take over. I should not think through this situation so much. Maybe Karl is just on an employee-of-the-month vacation or something.

Bud

8 Comments »

  1. Or maybe he isn’t paid enough to care. Or he’s in India and this doesn’t take any skin from his shoulder. Or he’s a lost cog in the new tech-stock bubble. A recalcitrant with an idea of postal work, two 357 magnum pistols, an assault rifle and a whine in his head ready to go BOOM!

    No, it’s really just their way of saying, “Blog elsewhere!”

    A Go Daddy! account is cheap – you can create as many blogs as you’d like with as many names as you like and each could have their own http://www.aliasname.com address. The extra admin work will be offset by the diminished aggravation tweaks.

    Just a thought.

    -blue

    Comment by Beau Blue — February 7, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

  2. Hi Blue,

    Good to see you. I am going to over-respond to you, because you open up doors to thoughts that need to be brought out, thoughts not evident in the post above.

    If I had known the Blogger people were this bad, I would not have put my work up on their bandwidth. I own some of my own now, and if I had before, I may have structured things differently. Or maybe I still may have gone with budbloom.blogspot.com. At the time, I had a favorable view of both Blogger, and Google which took over.

    It’s the latter I am so very disappointed in. They own it, but will not own up to it. There was this really neat development in search engines that some clever people called “Google.” This does not give them the right some years later to be so exhaustively arrogant.

    Less than a year into blogging for me, and it is a too late to get the commitments from people who have allowed me to publish their valuable and historic works here. And it will be an awful lot of work to take what I have here and bit by bit post it elsewhere. I have many other projects and commitments, and this should set me back six months at least. And I am not sure about how to take the special work of others with me. So, this will probably be the second-rate resolution.

    And now that all those items have been published as Bud Bloom, and now that this pseudonym has been what looks like both carelessly and arrogantly revealed by the Blogger Team, how do I post those items elsewhere by any other name? I ethically cannot.

    The only real resolution is for Blogger to own up and rectify as quickly as possible. I had been asking for immediate assistance. My complaint was rated with five stars at the complaint forum by others there. But it is like the old joke, “If you’re calling with a complaint, please dial one, then hang up.”

    Valuable responses to posts will be lost, or I will need to fudge other identities as if those respondents posted at the new blog–something that cannot ethically be done, so I will not do. Lost.

    As small potatoes as this blog has been, some readers have used it for great purposes. Some have linked to what I have here, including at colleges, but just as importantly at sites with groups of people who love poetry. You want Donald Hall? Mark Doty? More? That’s what I want to give.

    I am currently going through all 2000 something poems by Wilcox, looking for a selected works post, her gold nuggets. She has many, but they are not popular these days. I want to get word out.

    These things are important. “Blog Elsewhere” from a company that provides blogging, is a horrible attitude–yet, what I am running into. Boy, was I surprised when I posted what happened over at their issues link, and saw the complaints about responsiveness:

    http://groups.google.com/group/blogger-help-publishing/topics

    There is no excuse for them being so unresponsive. I am not the only blooger who has serious complaints that are not being addressed.

    There is no excuse for their taking it upon themselves to reveal pseudonyms. That will always be a writer’s decision only.

    Thanks, Blue.

    Bud

    Comment by Bud Bloom — February 9, 2007 @ 1:16 am

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