January 25, 2007

Small world

Anyone who knows me in real life and has stumbled on my blog has recognized me after reading about two posts. And bloggers from Snowstorm region usually figure out pretty quickly where I am from because I am always describing the local landscape. So I am used to getting emails from people who live in my area or who know me in real life. I have only once had a blogger out me by giving someone else my real name (with, I might add, disastrous consequences), but I've outed myself through my writing any number of times. It's always interesting to watch how this process works – the ways in which people figure out who I am.

Last night I got an email from an academic blogger, someone I've never met, who teaches at Snowstorm University. She told me she reads my blog and figured out pretty quickly that Snowstorm City was indeed Snowstorm City. Then she noticed this "quiet, long-haired very smart dude" in her class and thought immediately of my son. Of course, I have never shown his face on my blog, but she figured out who he was from my descriptions of him.

I asked Boy in Black the name of his teacher, and yep, she does indeed have him in her class. Boy in Black doesn't read my blog – none of my boys do – but he has often teased me about it. So when I told him that his teacher was a blogger who read my blog, he just laughed and rolled his eyes. "That figures."

16 comments:

YourFireAnt said...

So, who's the blogger teacher ?


;-)

FA

jo(e) said...

FA: Oh, I didn't link to the teacher's blog because that would reveal the identity of Snowstorm City. And of course, the location of Snowstorm City is a carefully guarded secret.

Songbird said...

Small, small world.z

liz said...

So cool!

Chip said...

yes, guard that secret!

Funny, that's how I found you, through the descriptions of snowstorm city and train track village.

I'm sure anyone who stumbled upon my blog who knew me would recognize me immediately...

colleen said...

I blog under my real name, but it's still always fascinating what connections are made, the emails I get from people I know and don't know, and what some blog enteries lead to. It's like a backstage reality. And I think people who know me know me better if they read my blog than just the "in person" stuff.

Leslee said...

I haven't figured out where Snowstorm City is so your blogging secret is safe with me.

Quite a small world, huh?

Marie said...

The cool thing is that I'm so dense that a fellow blogger once emailed me and TRIED to out herself (well her location) and she finally just had to spell it out because that's just how dense I am. So Snowstorm City is safe with me too. But very cool about BiB's teacher reading your blog. And that she blogs.

ppb said...

I wonder if I know said blogger. I remember finding an academic blogger on line and figuring out where she was, and since I know where you are, figuring you were close together, but figuring it was impolitic to say anything to either. But htat was a year ago. I wonder if I'm right. h

Rev Dr Mom said...

It is funny how all these connections get made. And I know if anyone who knows me read my blog they would quickly figure it all out.

I did figure out Snow storm City,(or at least I think I did!) but your secret is safe with me.

kathy a said...

i've narrowed snowstorm city down to the upper northeast.

(un)relaxeddad said...

So far one person I know has looked at my blog, I suppose I've never looked at blogging as being a way to communicate with people I actually know.

I have no clue where Snowstorm City is. But the phrase makes me imagine you live in a snow globe, for some reason.

Patti said...

It is quite obvious. It took me about 2 seconds.

No one from my real life has found my blog.

jo(e) said...

(un)relaxeddad: I love the idea that I live inside a snow globe.

Lilian said...

I read this days ago, but only now can comment. I loved this post -- I think that these connections we make through blogging and that seep into our "real lives" are the coolest things! Funny thing that I'm not really curious to find out who the blogger is... (of course I do know your location, so that may be one of the reasons for my lack of curiosity :))

Rae said...

It's funny, I am so far from anything like a snowstorm city that I can only vaguely imagine you as being "somewhere to the East".