I blog anonymously. Mostly. A handful of you guys have friended me on Facebook or Google+ and know my “secret” identity. I’ve gone to some lengths to keep my blog separate from real life for a multitude of reasons. Blogging for an audience who doesn’t know who I am frees me to talk about anything and everything. I’m also very timid in regards to what parts of myself I put out there publicly. Once something is out on the internet it can’t be taken back.
Many of you blog transparently. You may have a pseudonym as your display name, but you don’t hide your name. You may even use pictures of yourself. Hell, some of you even post pictures of your children or other family members.
The thing I worry about with blogging transparently is employment. I have a fairly secure job right now, but nothing is guaranteed. Employers nowadays turn to Google when researching potential new-hires. Some employers require you to provide your Facebook credentials or you’re automatically disqualified from their search. I worry that the next time I’m looking for employment someone might decide not to hire me based on my political or religious (or lack thereof) beliefs, and those beliefs are plastered all over this blog. That shouldn’t have any bearing on whether or not to hire me, but it will. People are just like that. It’s for this reason that I so staunchly believed that Phil Robertson’s idiotic remarks should not have gotten him suspended. Work, politics, and religion should all be separated. My stance on immigration or marriage equality does not impact my work ethic.
Basically, I’ve been contemplating removing my bloggy mask. To a point. I’m curious, though. Have any of you who blog transparently had an issues with doing so? Have you found it helps? Does it hurt? Does it even matter at all? Maybe I’m just overly paranoid. I don’t know how much research a company would put into hiring an IT guy, but I’d hate to take the risk.