Yes, it’s true – By the time I link to this page I’ll have ‘come out’ and started using my real name on Twitter. That’ll slowly spread to my other social networks it’ll just take some time to get to them all and decide if I’ll be maintaining separate accounts or merging them on the various networks.
“Why now?” you ask? One – it gets tiring. Two – it gets really tiring after more than two years. Three – I think I’ve taken this as far as I need to, or can, in the current guise. I started the account out of boredom and to call out bad industry practices on all three sides of the table (workmates (colleagues & bosses), clients and press). Somewhere along the way I got lucky enough to learn a bit about social networks, bloggers and blogging, SEO, etc. etc. and meet a few thousand great folks in y’all.
It also doesn’t hurt that my current boss knows all about my alter ego, actually met Cog as Cog, and only years later did we end up working together (and perhaps one of the most entertaining parts is this comment on my blog from nearly two years ago). It’s also astounding that everyone at my agency has managed to keep the secret for as long as they have. I’m duly impressed. It’s also equally impressive that no one’s caught any of my officemate’s occasional fun comment.
Now it’s time to keep moving (to steal a Johnny Walker marketing slogan) but for the next steps, for both “me” and Cog, it’s time to come together (to steal a Beatles line) :).
I’ll be seeing you out there.