Expressing one's self on the Internet is daunting. In doing so, you tell many other people who you are and, if you're like me, quite a bit about what you believe. The post I read advised the readers not to show too much of themselves or risk the possible rancor or alienation of certain people or institutions that they might need to further their writing careers. From a pragmatic perspective, I have to agree, but from an ethical sense I cannot. All my life I have been taught, and have tried my best, to follow the precept of being true to myself and my beliefs. I am what and who I am. If you like me -- fine. If you think I'm a jerk -- so be it. But I will be the same jerk to you that I am to everyone else, including prospective "employers", in my case agents and publishers. I write and blog under my own name, and do not make anonymous comments on the blogs of others -- I put my own name out there also.
Of course I am not going to display my home address and phone number, or give out any other personal information on the Internet, but in this society of ours, where duplicity has run rampant in the world, pervading both business and politics, isn't it time for us to get back to being honest about who we really are?