Clogger is about to be outed

The Nobleizer who writes the amusing, oft corrosive, self-deprecating, anonymous blog, Clogger, is about to be outed. In typical style, the author wonders whether anyone cares and whether we’ll see this as some kind of self-publicizing stunt. Personally, I don’t think so, but I do think it’d be good to get the author’s name into the open.

To be fair, it’s not that closely guarded a secret. I quite enjoy this blog since it’s well written, but I’m not a fan of anonymous blogs. If you have an opinion worth hearing, have the confidence to put your name to it. Of course there are exceptions, but in general I think people ascribe more authority to a named viewpoint.

I see also the Clogster is taking issue with my preference to make any disclosures at the end of a post – like this one about OnHollywood. It’s not my intention to lure you to read a post and deliver a sting in the tail. In fact in this instance, I needn’t have made a specific disclosure at all really since, it’s already in the public domain. But my apologies nonetheless – what can I say? I’m a clogger – but not The Clogger, his name’s [watch this space].

  • Go on Morgan! I dare you.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s a point: there seems to be a correlation between the freedom a blogger has to express certain viewpoints and the relative anonymity they enjoy. Corporate bloggers, like your goodself, are never truly free to express anything other than the party-line for fear of censure.
    You may wear your corporate agenda on your sleeve, which is commendable, but it does preclude you from perhaps taking part in certain debates.
    It’s not always as simple as saying it’s a matter of ‘confidence’. And without a mixture of people taking part in a global debate it can never be truly representative.
    So long live anonymity I say!

  • Free the clogger

    Like Drew B who works for Lewis??

  • Anon – I take your point. I’m not sure it’s a tenable argument however to say that the freedom to talk openly without fear of repercussion is beneficial. Surely social censure in all our actions is the fabric which makes the system work. It keeps you honest and fair.
    That’s not to say all anonymous blogs and commenters are dishonest or unfair, but there are fewer consequences if the author is.
    I’m interested to hear you feel I can’t take part in certain debates since I am transparent about the agency I work for. If I wear the agenda on my sleeve it’s more because I’ve helped to build that agenda in the first place. The agency is as much a reflection of me, as I of it. Perhaps I’m unusal in that. That’s not to say I don’t criticize what my firm does, in fact, it’s my job to be its harshest critic at times. That’s how we improve. But you won’t read about it here since this isn’t the forum to effect that change. Perhaps in larger firms, where bloggers cannot directly influence policy, practice and approach, a blog is the best way. Not so for a smaller firm – just take direct action.

  • Nobleizer – I’m not going to out you. That’s entirely your choice. I don’t know what you have written and what the consequences might be to have your name associated with them.
    My advice might even be to start afresh and mothball the blog if you feel it may harm your reputation. You write well so it wldn’t take long to find a new audience.
    Plus I might be wrong. So no, you won’t hear it from me.

  • No, it’s fine. I haven’t said anything out of line. I’ve been considerate. I just haven’t needed to disclose anything.
    Give it a shot!

  • No Jon, I’m not giving anything away. My lips are sealed.

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