I value honesty and integrity above all things. When blogging, I do my best to be straightforward and direct. For instance, if I am addressing or writing about an individual, I will name the person. If I am responding to something specific from another blog, I will link to the post in question. Sometimes, I come across things on other blogs that trigger a thought or idea, and inspire me to write about something unrelated to the topic I’m reading at that time. Even then, I feel it is appropriate to credit the author for the inspiration.
I do not engage in the dishonest games I occasionally come across on other blogs. For example: making up stories and inventing “anonymous” sources to try and make a point (not the same as writing fiction and calling it that), creating multiple accounts and using them to “high-five” myself in comments or give the appearance of having more than one contributor to my blog or making posts or comments that are clearly passive-aggressive shots at unnamed individuals. This type of behavior damages credibility, something I value far too much to jeopardize by playing such childish games.
Credibility – the issue that inspired this post.
I started this blog so I would have a place to ramble on about anything that happens to move me at any given time. But I am also working on a few other projects, one of which I would like to submit to newspapers and magazines at some point. My goal is to bring awareness about a particular issue that I feel has been swept under the rug for far too long, and hopefully inspire some desperately needed changes in how this issue is viewed by the public and dealt with by those in authority.
The trouble is this: in order to do this as effectively as possible, I will have to tell a very sensitive, personal story about myself and my family. I also want to remain anonymous. But how do I tell a story about myself while not telling that it’s about me, and still maintain integrity and credibility? I thought about saying that the subject of the essay wishes to remain anonymous, which would be true but somewhat misleading. That doesn’t sit well with me.
Is this even a question of ethics? What are the rules and boundaries here?
I would greatly appreciate any thoughts, ideas or suggestions you may have. This project is long overdue and I’m aching to get on with it; I’m just struggling with how to approach it.