Yesterday we posted a story about A Model Anonymous, a newish blog documenting the life of a newish model. Soon after our piece was published, the model decided to delete every post she's put up since January 1, 2011. Her explanation:
Wowza... just as i say i'd like to go private, i get a million people guessin' who i am!!! which is fair enough, i mean you don't call a blog 'anonymous' without asking for trouble... but i supposed i thought everyone would be too busy checking out Fashion Toast or Tavi to bother with little o' me. If you've followed me for the last few months, then you'll understand why i deleted all my past posts. You know me. You know why. I still want to blog, but instead i'll blog and leave the post for a few days and then delete. This way i stay truthful to myself without blogging 'carefully' and no one can turn around and 'guess' who i am from a past word i let slip.
The problem with this reasoning: A. Even though she deleted everything, it's still cached in Google, which means you can read all of her old posts by clicking here. B. If she really wants to write a personal diary, as she says, why didn't she just write a personal diary? If you publish something it means you are putting yourself out there. It means that you are willing to receive feedback from your readers.
We hope A Model Anonymous decides to keep writing even if the media and her readers continue to speculate about her identity.