I'm a smart ass. I married a smart ass. I gave birth to a smart ass. I think it is genetic. When I was young I kept my mouth shut in public, more or less, and only those who really knew me knew that I could have a wicked tongue occasionally backed up by a sharp sense of humor.
I suppose I'm pretty smart. I know those people around me are smart, and they wouldn't tolerate ignorance around them. But smart doesn't mean jack if you are trying to reach an audience. And why would I be writing if I did not have an audience in mind? I've been thinking a lot about persona, as you may be able to tell, but I've also been thinking about responsibility, and ethics... and having a place where I can rant as regular old me and not be stepping out of bounds of the blog, nor my online identity, nor my inner self.
This blog is not anonymous. I use a nom d' plume that is also a nom d' tweet. If I had a name I liked better than the one I have, I might use it, but I don't. If I had it all to do over... I'd change my name, study computer science or architecture... and.... That "and..." is why I didn't change my name. If we attempt to edit our identity by actual editing it seems to me that we are attempting to lie. I use "Nerthus" as a pseudonym because she is the proto-European Swamp Goddess. I grew up in the boggy muck and clay of what is left of the swamp, fen and kame of the wetlands of Northeastern Indiana. I also believe that associating oneself, if you are a woman, with a goddess helps bring the concept of the feminine divine and creation into personal understanding of the organization of the universe. Male gods seem sterile to me. Patriarchy does not inspire me to seek either within or without. I'm nearly 100% European per my ancestry from what I can tell without genetic testing. "Nerthus" encapsulates much that I am and with which I identify. It isn't a lie.
I own my actions and I am usually careful about what I say and do, not limited nor constrained, but careful. This blog, that I am trying to power-boost this month by constant blogging (daily to me means constant,) will contain smart ass irreverence and more statements unsupported by links than my other blogs. I do not want to have to research and document every single thing I say. I can back up everything I write as nonfiction. I have been shoving facts in my brain for close to 45 years and I know a lot. I have been blessed with a life rich in experience and travel and education. I'm not saying I won't share links; I'm not saying that I just want to spout bullshit. I just want to write as though I was just sitting at a table, drinking coffee, talking to other women who can relate to me in some way and engage in women's humor. Maybe I remind you of your mother, daughter, sister, or friend. I'm willing to talk to men, I've actually been VERY close, lol, to some men in my life, but I have a tendency to see guys as not really interested in just talking. And that is what I'm doing here. I'm just saying.