Thanks to the style of blogging employed on this blog the name John Havlik is synonymous with mtekk’s crib. The origins of this style date back to my earliest online presence. Signing each post does a few things for the writer, some obvious, others obscure.
Primarily, the signing attributes the written (typed) words to a specific owner. Many people use the Internet to be anonymous and have good reason to. Some of these individuals face hostile governments (e.g., Iran, and China) in real life. Others commit acts which create a hostile environment for themselves should their true identity be known (e.g., spammers, hackers (black hats), etc.). Either way their credibility is questionable due to their anonymity. Simply put, tracking down someone knowing his/her name presents less of a challenge than tracking down someone behind a pseudonym. By placing my digital signature after each post I take responsibility for the content contained within. Anyone can rant about a boss behind his/her back; it takes guts (balls, craziness, stupidity, etc.) to bring one’s gripes to his/her boss’ face.
Additionally, always signing posts with your name will increase its visibility to search engines. Depending on who you are this can be a benefit or consequence. Due to my commitment to signing every one of my posts (minus some test posts) Google graces my blog with the first result for my name. For comparison searching for JD Hodges on Google does not immediately yield a link to his blog. The last time I checked page ranks for both this blog and his, his had a higher page rank. Realistically, it is pretty hard for JD to not have a higher page rank–most blogs hosted by Weblogs.us have a direct link back to his blog. Obviously, I can safely tell acquaintances to just “Google me” to get in touch as this blog has been at the top for my name for quite some time. JD on the other hand can not do such a thing at this time. However, this could change quickly due to workings of Google.
In the end, adding a signature to a post reflects on the intended audience. Normally, writings intended for other to read are signed (e.g., letters). Conversely, writings without a signature may or may not be intended for others to read. For example, journals (typically) are not meant to be read by others while newspaper articles are, yet both (typically) lack signatures. Signing the document sends a clearer message of the author’s intent for his/her work, and thus leaves the document open to more focused and accurate interpretations. Blogging’s strength centers on its ability to be both a letter to others, a journal, or even a digital news paper, as well as the voice of a real person. This flexibility allows bloggers to choose their format, and ultimately decide if post signatures are appropriate or not.
[end of transmission, stay tuned]