Remember Belle de Jour? The blogger of the original Diary of a London Call Girl? Well her blog are so popular that media lecturers around the country are reportedly using her online diary as part of media courses into new media and journalism. The blog, read by many in Britain, eventually was named winner of 2003 The Guardian's best written blog award.
Part of the success of the blog was due to the lack of identity and the myth surrounding Bella de Jour. Attempts has been made by the UK media (esp. The Times) to out the author. They went so far and even implicated other jounalists and authors. Fortunately Belle de Jour's identity did not leak and the myth was secured. Was she really a student forced to turn into escorts? Or was she actually a creation of someone else?
Jane Perrone of The Guardian wrote on her newsblog entry citing a clues that actually points to novelist Stewart Home. Anyway read the excellent article and if you haven't read Bella de Jour's journal on her life as a London prostitute, then please do so.