So in case you missed it, since it occurred on a very bloggy timescale, our good blog friend DamnedGoodTechnician was outed at work. Leading to much unpleasantness with some people above her in the management chain at MassivePharma. DGT then decided to pull the blog.
This event led to much thinking on the risks of overly-personal or overly-detailed blogstylings here and there. Hit the posts and read through the comments if you want a full flavor.
Prof in Training (and here)
Dr. Isis's Rules for Pseud Blogging
Now, as it turns out, DGT has returned to blogging. From appearances DGT's job is safe, it is just a matter of damaged relationships with the bosses.
I hate to be the wet blanket but it is well worth thinking about.
Every once in awhile I get a nervous feeling reading the level of detail some bloggers put into their posts. Rarely, I'll send them a note but basically I figured that in most cases people have thought things through and selected their own comfort level.
In this recent DGT foofraw, it appears that I am mistaken.
Now admittedly, some of my considerations about whether I should indulge this hobby, the risks of doing so and the limits to blog topics were put in very sharp focus upon receiving an invitation to join Scienceblogs. This was because it was so clear to me that the attention would be so much greater, and indeed this has been the case. I understand that it is perhaps easy to think that you are just shooting the breeze among friends when your traffic grows very slowly from, well, just your friends. Nevertheless, these issues have always been a part of my understanding about what blogging is and can be and I think they should be part of yours as well dear blogging-readers.
In the nature of Dr. Isis' comments, I offer the blog truths I hold to be self-evident.
If anyone who knows you at all happens across your blog and bothers to read it, they are going to know right away that it is you.
If you have talked about some anonymous character that exhibits features similar to them or their interactions with you, they are going to assume you are talking about them. Whether you are or not. Whether it is an anonymized pastiche or not.
Even if you have not, they will assume you might talk about them if they read your comments about any other individual that are potentially uncomfortable.
No matter the legal rights you may enjoy as an employee of some company or University or what not, this does not mean you cannot pay a career price for your blogging. Yes, even for that knitting blog that has nothing to do with your real job.
Blogging is fun and all but it is your career that pays the bills.