The Evil HR Lady posted recently about blogging, noting that most of her fellow HR bloggers post under their names and not anonymously.
I am one of those bloggers. The, really not so evil, HR Lady questioned if posting under our names kept us more honest. In reference to one of my posts in which I spoke positively about one of my union leaders, she wondered if my knowledge that he could find this post make me think about every word that I wrote.
Well, she made me think. In response, I'd have to say that I do think about every word that I write. I think about the message my words send and about how it will be received by my still evolving audience. However, I do this not because my name is associated with the post, but because that is what I do and who I am. I think - a lot.
I only started posting in October 2006 so am relatively new to the blogosphere. When I first posted, I did so anonymously. I did not know how this was going to go, had internet safety concerns in the back of my mind, and wanted to test it out before I jumped in with both feet. As I started getting the hang of it and more comfortable with the process, I added my name.
My intention is not to use the process or space as a means to slam anyone. My intention is to use it as a place or space to think through issues, share lessons learned, and gain insights from others. I do rant and rave at times and, when I do, I make it a point to not identify people. Not because my name is on the site, but because that is not what I or the site is about. It is a personal space to discuss professional issues (with a little bit of family intertwined), professionally.
Posting under my name was a conscious decision, a choice that I made. Others choose differently and I respect that. It is easier for me to relate to posts if I know a little bit about the person and can identify some commonality with me, my situations or my interests. So, I find that the "About Me" sections are of more value to me than the names.