There are a lot of good reasons for a writer to share their name, its a good way to earn a living if you get traffic high enough that advertising can add to your income, or other writing contracts can end up as a good sideline. Not for me though, I am a grandpa, and a story teller, no income needed, its a compulsive need to share the truth, or as my wife would say, an obsession to share the truth.
We do have one major advantage over most of the commercial press, we are pure born and raised local, plus we are very well connected to the diverse residents living in the Bulkley Valley, with many contacts and friends living between Prince George including every town and city and village through to Haida Gwaii,
The truth can often result in a withdrawal of advertising revenue, and or lawsuits if they see that you have money they can bleed off. Another good reason to remain anonymous is safety, when you expose the truth, you end up with angry people, and that also can result in some nasty consequences. Another good reason is your children, or as is in my case even grand children, who become the targets of unscrupulous people.
I have already experienced death threats like “People like you get outlined in chalk.”
We chose “Two Feathers” as our pseudonym, there is a story behind this name Two Feathers, in the Wet’suwet’en culture if ever you get a nickname, you get stuck with it for life. I was once told I will never make it to chief, I would never get more than “Two Feathers” so here we are. “Natni bita” in Wet’suwet’en.
In summery, maybe its due to not being rich, it gives me more time to reflect on growing up here, being neither rich or poor, but content and willing to share the truth to the best of my recollections and fight for our community as a whole as opposed to propping up one group over another.
It does help if your poor and make nothing from writing, it keeps litigation at bay as they will end up paying their own bills if they cannot bleed your wallet, plus being poor makes much more time available to share your stories with a younger generation.
That said, we will leave it there.