Whenever my 4 year old isn't comfortable with something, he'll say that "it's too spicy". Of course, he uses it to get out of eating dinner, but when something doesn't jive in his little world, he'll pull out that phrase."It's too spicy, daddy."
Right now, that's kind of how I feel about not being anonymous on this blog. It's too spicy. There's something to be said for anonymity when writing. I could develop a persona that was slightly different from who I actually was. My writing could be more bold and that I could go out on a limb once in awhile. It's not like I was a completely different person. I'm not that kind of weirdo, just...different.
A lot of it has to do with my profession. Being a teacher, you're in the public eye. People consider you a professional and expect you to act like one. And, I'd like to think I do. But here's the deal with teachers:
I like to throw down a couple of beers from time to time. I like to bitch and moan about how the Husker offense was completely inept for the rest of the season after the Kansas State game last year. I have the right to complain about my job just as much as the next person. And, if you look at who I follow on Twitter, you could conclude that I'm a die hard husker fan who is a journalism teacher that loves sports, decent writing, that's always looking for a good deal, and occasionally likes an inappropriate joke once in awhile. Like I said....a human being.
Now I've made the decision to start blogging and advertise each post on Twitter...something that my family, friends, colleagues and..yes...even students have access to. I don't know how I feel about that just yet. More than likely, I'll be no more than a blip on their radar and that's just fine with me.
Right now, it's still too spicy.