Two years ago today, I came clean with you, my readers:
After some soul-searching, this story has made me decide to finally come clean with you all. I’m not really John Cole, I’m Jane Coale, a 72 year old pensioner and grandmum from Newcastle staying with my daughter and her American husband. Tunch is actually the neighbors pot-bellied pig, and Lily is my granddaughter. My daughter told me to write about the Steelers to make this blog seem realistic, my loyalties actually lie in this order: God, the Queen, and the Newcastle United.
You’ve all been real sports for playing along.
Looks like I was not the only one:
Six days after a post on the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus triggered panic among its readers by suggesting that the blog’s author, who claimed to be a Syrian-American lesbian caught up in the protest movement, had been detained in the Syrian capital, a new entry appeared on Sunday that described the entire online diary as a work of fiction by an American man.
The new post, headlined “Apology to Readers,” was signed by Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old graduate student, who identified himself as “The sole author of all posts on this blog.” That would include four months of what appeared to be diary entries from Amina Abdallah Arraf, a self-described 35-year-old lesbian born and raised in the United States but now living in Damascus, and two posts attributed to Rania O. Ismail, a cousin of Ms. Arraf’s, who relayed news of her arrest to the blog’s readers last week.
What a jackass.
Punchy and JSF- keep this in mind the next time you are cybering with a “20 something model” in Second Life.