Douglas Bastard's Rants of Rage

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This article was written on 06 Nov 2014, and is filled under Uncategorized.

Anonymising

There have been a few changes I’m making to my online identities in the light of recent events. It’s a landmark piece of sophistry to think that people might be interested in the reasons, but in the absence of meaningful interaction for a few days, then here it is. Or here they are.

I’ve been in the running for a couple of freelance jobs recently, only to find that the people I was in negotiation with suddenly got cold feet and backed off, never to be heard from again. They perhaps have their reasons for that, reasons that I’m not party to, but paranoia and wariness make me think that the Twitter identity and blog have something to do with it.

In both places, I talk about faith and about mental health. Neither is pretty, but some of what I have to say about the latter could be seen as alarming or disconcerting. For all that, I won’t stop saying it. People with mental health problems deserve a voice and deserve to be heard, however widely. Should I be asked to talk about these problems in public, I will.

That said, I need to earn a living. If people are seeing what I write and deciding not to employ me, then that has a direct impact on my quality of life which is, at present, going through the floor. In better times I might not need to worry about making myself anonymous but, right now, I do.

Yes, it does feel like cowardice and I do feel uncomfortable doing it and, if you want to remonstrate with the decision, that’s fair enough. But for now, for me, this is the right thing to do.

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