Heading Out

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Sunday, July 25, 2004

Anon a mouse

The discussion on keeping yourself anonymous seems to be popping up all over from its original start at leuschke.org. There are a fair number of separate entries on individual blogs as well as perhaps a new discussion at The Chutry Experiment. The themes are moving more toward the fear of students having knowing access to your site, as well as the risk of a future employer reading it before you are hired.

As far as hiring goes, unless the candidate told me that they had a blog I can't imagine going to look for it. And the world of bloggers, relative to the greater world of the academy is tiny. People know I read blogs, since I comment on them, but I don't think they would suspect that I write one. And there isn't a whole lot of interest in reading the ones I mention (unless it is something like the "This Land is Your Land" movie).

On the other hand if I knew or even thought that my students were reading this, knowing who I was, I would stop and delete it.


At 12:59 AM, Blogger chutry said...

I wouldn't say that I'm afraid of students having access to my blog. I usually even advertise my personal blog on my course blogs, perhaps in part to convince myself they might actually be reading. Knowing that students *might* be reading did change what I wrote for a while, especially when it came to political stuff, but that discomfort has subsided completely.

I guess that my concern about job committees possibly reading my blog grows out of the fact that someone on the committee could Google me out of boredom, curiosity, or whatever, but again, I don't see that as necessarily a cause for fear (it could even be beneficial).

My real (non-Blogger) blog: http://chutry.wordherders.net

At 11:28 PM, Blogger Heading out said...

Well yes, but in one of your own blogs you really already discussed the differences. You tend to omit the personal stuff such as that written by profgrrrl, and that I, at least for now, am putting down.

And its why I don't think you can generalize. It is in what you write and why. I don't think I would worry if I focussed as you have, and that may be where I end up. But for now my issues and those of others are perhaps a little revealing and might make one more vulnerable. I don't really know not having your experience, or length of blogging yet. But from the point that you can't put a genie back in the bottle, cautious anonymity at least at the beginning might be wiser.

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