Sometimes I feel as though I know you. I mean, I ‘see’ you here – in the blogosphere – most every day. I read your thoughts, I respond to your thoughts, and sometimes you respond to my thoughts in response to your thoughts.
But your name, what is your name? I’ve seen some people call you by name, while others address you by your blog name. If I know your name, but you didn’t tell me your name, may I call you by your name?
At what point is it okay to refer to you by name? Or, is it ever okay to refer to a fellow blogger by anything other than how he/she signs the posts?
My name is Lenore. Not coincidentally, the name of my blog is Lenore Diane.
When I leave responses for the above bloggers, I typically refer to them by name. I feel pretty safe using their name, since it is the name of their blog.
But the others … the bloggers out there, spinning tales under the guise of an elusive blog name like*: “She who writes”, “I take my coffee black”, “Sometimes I am wrong”, or “One day, when I was little, yesterday”.
Who are these bloggers? One commenter addressed his comment to “David”**. Does that mean the blogger’s name is ‘David’? May I address him as ‘David’, too? Or, do I have to wait to be introduced.
How does one get introduced within the blogosphere? Does the commenter initiate the introduction, or is it up to the host/author of the post?
Though, as I have already noted, my name is right there on my blog for all in the world to see. Still, just to be clear, I am going to officially introduce myself.
Hello, my name is Lenore.
What is your name? May I call you by your name going forward?***
It’s a pleasure to meet you. I hope you will visit me again.
*These blog names are fictional. Any blog matching a mentioned name is purely coincidental.
** Though the name “David” is real, the name was used for hypothetical purposes only. No actual Davids were used or harmed during the writing of this post.
***Please know I hate the telephone, so I will not actually ‘call’ you. When I say ‘call’ I mean refer. (You can read the post I wrote about my hatred for the phone, just click on the bold letters.)