My Not-So-Secret Identity
So yesterday I got an interesting email from a guy who wondered why my Blogger profile identifies me as a Christian. He wrote, in part:
Are you hoping that the fact that you are not a Jew, Hindu, Muslim or atheist will influence people to read your blog, or to turn away? Are you trying to attract other Christians, or spurn non-Christians? I certainly don’t mind people identifying their religion where it is relevant. My Jewish religion is frequently mentioned in my memoir… but I see no point in identifying myself as a “Jewish phone equipment dealer” or “Jewish writer” on the home pages of my websites. I understand that your agency specializes in the “Christian market,” and that’s fine; and it might be best that your agency work be done by a Christian. But why should anyone reading your blogging care about your religion?
I wrote back, in part:
Being a Christian is an important a part of my identity like being an agent, a wife, and a mom, which are the other things in my Blogger profile. I’m absolutely not trying to attract anyone or spurn anyone by using that designation; I’m simply being honest and upfront about who I am. Non-Christians read my blog, and I love the dialogue. It’s kind of like the fact that I don’t represent fantasy or sci-fi, but some fantasy/sci-fi writers read my blog. They know who I am, I know who they are, we may not be a “fit” business-wise but we still enjoy the conversation.
I understand your position about not minding a religious designation where it is relevant. I totally agree. For me, my religious designation is relevant because it’s an important part of who I am, how I try to do business, and how I identify myself. I’m totally comfortable with the fact that for many people, their religious designation isn’t relevant in a lot of situations.
Perhaps someone reading my blog doesn’t care about my religion; that’s fine. The information is there in case people are interested. At least that’s how I look at it.
Is it appropriate for me to identify myself as a Christian in my Blogger profile?
Is is relevant to you as a blog reader?
Does it bug you or put you off? Alternatively, is it one of the reasons you read my blog?
Inquiring minds want to know….
And have a good weekend!
Rachelle Gardner is a Christiantotally neutral and PC literary agent whose email dialogue with Michael N. Marcus was the inspiration for this post.