Thursday, June 19, 2008

First Rule of Anonymous Sec's; Don't Talk About Anonymous Sec's

So, I've made it my business to invite some people I know to this blog.  How else can I get it read?  Some of the people I've invited work with me, so I'm going to ask that those that do, if you're indeed reading on a regular basis, let's not discuss it at work.  Let's keep it on the down low.  Why?  The reasons are several-fold.

And by the way, this post is about other notable facts about Anonymous Sec's as well.

I don't want my blog persona outed.  I want to be free to express myself without somebody who knows who I am in RL to come at me about something I express here.  Folks I work with, know who I am, will witness my thoughts, opinions, rants (reasonable and unreasonable) being laid bare here.  I'd like to keep that wall up.  So instead of e-mailing me at work or talking to me within that otherworld of work, please feel free instead to comment away.  I do suggest you comment anonymously or adapt a nom de plume, as it were.  I also suggest you read other people's comments and engage.

The thing about talking about Anonymous Sec's at work?  It is exclusive.  There's nothing worse than secret societies.  I hate them.  They're all cliqueish and in-crowd-y and I don't want to be that way at work.  It's my opinion that it has kind of become that way at work, and I have no choice but to deal with it because it ain't my ship to captain (though I'm fairly certain I'm rowing), but I don't want to contribute to it there.  I wouldn't feel good about that.  Yeah, I long for the halcyon days of my work environment but as it's been requested of me time and again, I'm endeavoring to "let it go."

Also, regarding work and Anonymous Sec's, I don't post from work.  I don't look at comments at work.  I don't engage in this at all.  This is on my time, what little of it I have.  I do that because I don't think it's ethical and also, I don't want the powers that be (TPTB) to come at me with some humbug bullshit about bettering my personal existence and fulfilling my soul on their time -- and all of a sudden, I'm out of a job.  Hey, it happens.  Everyone knows that a job is there to crush you, not lift you up, or at least not while they're paying you.  I'm half serious there.

And, I won't talk about work on Anonymous Sec's, other than anything I wouldn't discuss with TPTB outright.  Luckily, I don't do much of anything that I wouldn't have heralded on the front page of the New York Times.  I may not be proud of it, it may at times leave me humiliated, ashamed, downtrodden and weeping, but I will own up to it, particularly if asked.  Also, if I were to get all closed society and start complaining here about all the crap and all the people that piss me off there, well, nothing of substance will get written.  And I want this to be ABOUT something, y'know.  I'll end up whining and you'll end up leaving, mumbling about how self-involved I am and then I'll be forced to defend myself with "Goddamn, y'all.  It's a blog.  That's what blogs do."

But I digress.

To the right there are websites I regularly visit and get my news from.  These are my favorites.  This is a lefty blog, but the right is welcome also (I miss you Old Boss, the blue-eyed Republican boy ::sniff::), as long as everyone is civil.  I won't administer this thing from work, so the last thing I want is a flame war outbreak while I'm blithely serving my masters at work.  Of course, I should be so lucky that enough people are around to break out flaming, but you get my point.

The best time to read this thing, I think, will be in the morning.  My plan is to come home at night, decompress, and start looking around the internets for things to pontificate on and then pontificate early in the morning.  It takes me a long time to write stuff because I sweat every word (have I said that before?), but my hope is to have something up daily.  The subject matter of my pontifications may not be timely because...soul-sucking job and interminable commute, but I'll try and I'll probably get better and quicker at expressing myself.

I'll be e-mailing all the people I've strong-armed into checking Anonymous Sec's out with news that a new post is up.  That e-mail to you will be short and sweet.  Feel free to pass news of this thing on, just be careful of my real identity -- see above.  I'd caution those I work with to pass on the referral via your private or home e-mail, not the work one.

I'm going to be trying some different blog layouts, so if anything catches your fancy, speak up.  This is a work-in-progress.  It's not in focus yet.  It will be.  Or it won't.  Who knows?

For those that are here and plan to check in regularly, thank you.  I really appreciate your support.  If I know you're here, I'll be more responsible about posting because I apparently have to have other people counting on me to accomplish anything.  For my own good isn't good enough, it seems.

Anything I write for Spencer Ackerman's Attackerman will be cross-posted here, but I urge you to check out Attackerman.  Boy knows his shit and frankly, a lot of it goes over my head.  Think on that.  The Middle East, its politics, players, and purpose is complicated.  But because of his focus, I've become more knowledgeable and informed about the war.  Comments are welcome there as well.

On a personal note, people have liked what I've written before, but Spencer is the first to support my writing on a regular basis.  And he doesn't coddle me, so what I do there is some of the most sincere effort at writing I've made -- I'm looking to impress the boy.  Thank you so very much Spence.  It means the world to me.

The name of the blog comes from my desire to be anonymous and "sec" is short for secretary, my profession.  This is Anonymous Sec's blog.  Geddit?  The double entendre was at first unintentional but then I noticed and well, it can be good.

I think that's it for now.

Anonymous Sec's

1 comment:

  1. phoebe6:26 AM

    i wouldn't check a blog at work, either.