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The aspect of anonymity itself would not prevent me from reading a blog, but the content would. If a blogger write anonymous to discuss sex and other racy topics, I would not be interested. Blogs like the Waiter Rant would be interesting to follow. They mention everyday occurences observed by people. Like reality television, but unscripted. I follow a blog called Anonymous Doc, an emergency room fellow who blogs about interesting interactions with patients and other hospital staff. Since medicine interests me, I really enjoy reading about some of the more annoying or interesting aspects of the field. This blog is able to exist because of the anonymous factor – otherwise social media rules at the hospital would not allow for such personal details and real interactions to be posted online. In many ways, this kind of frank and anonymous blog might be necessary for people interested in medicine or any other field where attaching your identity to a post forces information filtration to learn about the not-so-glamorous part of their job of interest.

The Anon Doc blog is also marred by its anonymity, since knowing less about a person means that I do not feel a strong connection to the author and am not really enticed to learn more. Blogs like WhiteCoatDO – the chronicles of a DO student, and Seattle Mama Doc – a female physician who shares anecdotes about her life, use their identities to create a better connection with the reader. I’m always curious to learn more about what happened in the lives of Ryan Nguyen and Wendy Sue Swanson, and while they need to filter out certain details of their daily experiences for professional reasons, the attachment of identity to the stories they write make the posts richer.

 

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