Thanks Janet. (I think).
Are you posting under your real name, pen name, anonymously? Just wondering because I'm dipping my two in some other things too in my spare time (another reason I probably don't want to return to school).
FYI - I'm posting the perfume blog/database under a pen name - Sakecat (also my handle on Basenotes, if you want to know). The food thing will probably also be under that pen name as well, though I haven't quite decided yet. That will be a matter of discussion between me and the food site administrators.
Why did I do that?
It was an attempt to separate (somewhat) my professional self and my hobby self.
You folks (active members of my professional circle) know how to find me using my real name. So would potential employers and other professional contacts. Of course, my in-person friends also find me here are are dismayed at how I can blather on about educational stuff. So most of them don't read this.
Members of the hobby community I play in know me as Sakecat. Using pen names / handles is an expected part of participation in the community. As a result, they have an easier time finding me by my handle than by my real name, even though many of them know my real name and a few have even ventured over to this blog. There are a shocking number of educators lurking there.
And there is always that blurry line between the professional and the personal.
I'm not entirely sure that one can be truly anonymous on the Web. With enough effort (and it may not take all that much), you can figure out who is who. Besides, I have always been of the mind that if you are doing something you are ashamed of in a public forum (like the Internet), serves you right if your cover is blown and you suffer consequences (like lack of employment) for your actions.
Thankfully, I'm a pretty dull person.
I know you all are creative types - so this is a good opportunity to get to know each other a little better.
Are there other creative online outlets you participate in (besides the Edublogosphere)? Are you using your real name or a pen name and why?