You can now comment anonymously on my blog.
I've heard from a couple people that they didn't leave comments here on the blog because there's no anonymous option.
I took the anonymous option away a while ago because someone left a couple of nasty notes on my posts. Turns out that the nasty note-leaver was a college classmate. I used the time he commented to deduce which link he had followed to get here and which visitor he had been, which gave me his IP address and his location. Thanks, StatCounter.
(Don't worry: I am not otherwise stalking my readers. I've hardly visited StatCounter since Blogger began tracking stats, which it only does in big picture, but that's okay because all I really care about is if I got 40 or 60 hits today. Or 65?!)
The nasty commenter had visited my blog via a link to it on a social network open only to people associated with my college -- students, alums, professors, and staff. That is a small pool of people, and his city was a suburb, so with a little searching, I figured out who he was.
He is kind of an asshole, so after I identified him and figured out that the posts weren't random, I felt a little less like the universe is a mean place to be. But I decided to require a login for comments anyway -- I felt that the subject of pelvic pain is too serious for someone to be able to shoot by and crap on it.
Now I've decided to open comments again. I've set it up so I have to review comments before they are posted, which will at least keep the nasty comments from becoming graffiti.
Most importantly, I don't want to keep you from commenting just because you don't want to use your identity or don't have the right account. Several times, I've wanted to comment elsewhere and decided not to because it required me to use my name -- and more and more, link to my Facebook account! Are you serious??
So you can now comment without logging in. Happy commenting :) and thanks for stopping by.