It’s a privacy thing and not a secrecy thing. I really do like the privacy of blogging more or less anonymously.
My extraverted friends have a hard time understanding how intensely private I am, even though one-on-one in personal conversations, I can be very open and vulnerable. I like being able to share my heart personally and face-to-face. But that sort of limits the amount of feedback and dialogue that can happen. Blogging has been a nice way to find my voice in a way that allows me some privacy, but also lets me talk to more people and have my thinking challenged and interacted with in ways that are not threatening and don’t require as much ability to “think on my feet” as real-time, face to face conversations do.
Sometimes I process quite slowly, but it is hard in verbal conversations to recognize the need for space and time to process before answering. When I’m reading someone’s writing, though, I find I can back up and think about it for a few weeks and let it become a part of my internal dialogue before I respond (if I ever do). At the same time, if I have a response right away, I am free to do that as well.
Well all that is a preamble to saying, although I blog anonymously, I really don’t feel a need to hide everything about who I am in a secretive sort of way.
Yesterday I stumbled on the weather pixie, which is now in my sidebar. I like it because the picture sort of looks like me, except that I wear glasses, my nose is bigger and I’m a little shorter (actually, I’m quite tall, but since the pixie’s head is halfway up the moon, I can for once say, “I’m short, in comparison to her!”). So, if you’re the kind of person who needs a face to go with the person you’re talking to, I hope this picture helps 🙂
The one or two of you who have actually met me in person can feel free to disagree about the resemblance, but for now, I think it’s pretty good for a cartoon.
Just in case you wondered, the big number on the weather pixie graphic is not altitude. There’s no place in Florida that high. Did you know that Florida has the lowest high point of any state in the US? That number is pressure, measured in hPa, a measurement I’m not familiar with.
I also like that the weather pixie gives the temperature in Celsius. I’m trying to be more aware of stating measurements in metric alongside of the American default system. I’m getting a better feel for approximate temperate equivalents as I watch the degrees go up and down in Celsius (although I wish they’d start going back UP–we’re having another cold snap here).
The temperature readings seem to be updated every couple of hours and are taken from an airport relatively nearby (in the same county).
One final story in this totally random post. When I was in 3rd grade, I vividly recall the day (!) we spent studying metric. I remember a vague sense of fear (although I don’t remember the exact words the teacher said that instilled that fear) that the universal metric system was all part of some socialist communist plot to make us like all the other countries in the world. I also remember (not surprisingly, given the fear factor) that the metric system seemed horrifically complex, difficult to understand and almost impossible to actually figure out.
When I was 18 and traveling in PNG, all of a sudden it dawned on me on day how amazing simple the metric system really is. How could I have ever thought 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, 5280 feet to a mile, 16 ounces to a pound, etc. was SIMPLE? In hindsight, if there is any conspiracy or plot, surely it has something to do with keeping people thinking that a system like that is somehow better? than one where everything is broken down into 10s, 100s, 1000s.
I wonder if this contestant on Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader would have done any better if she knew and could have answered in metric? I’m not sure it would have helped. My fifth grader was laughing so hard. Not that the fifth grader on the show got the answer right either, but at least she didn’t keep digging herself into a deeper hole like the adult contestant did!