A question for the smart people out there. As you know ‘Tom Reynolds’ is just the name I write under. Lets say I meet someone in the street – how do I prove that I write this blog? Domain registry is one idea, but I’m not sure that it works in all cases.
I’m having an idea tickling around in my head while working on the book, something about how my blog is my identity…
UPDATE: Ok, I don't think I was clear – Let me explain what I'm thinking.
I'm thinking about blogs and digital identity. While not relevant in my line of business, there are people out there who want to improve their career, one way of doing this is by blogging. Imagine a situation where you can say to a potential employee “Hey, take a look at my blog, you'll see the sort of writer/person I am”. I know a couple of people who got their jobs via blogging.
Now imagine me on IRC (or other chatrooms/IM clients). Someone asks me who I am – I'd like to point them to my blog and they can make their own mind up. Sure, my blog isn't me but it can give you a rough idea of what I'm about.
Your blog can be an important part of your 'worth' in the reputation economy of the social internet.
But… How can I prove (on IRC, or to a prospective employer) that I'm the person writing my blog. And what is to stop me from saying that I'm the real writer of an anonymous blog. I could always post a specific thing – but if I'm talking to more than one person, then my blog would turn into a series of rather strange posts.
So…is there a way to concretely link this blog to my identity.
It's just what I'm thinking about at present, no particular reasoning behind it – it's just the way my head works sometimes…