I’m still getting back into the blogging-saddle, so here’s a link to some great blogging on pseudonymity and science blogging.
Long story short: Many science bloggers, myself included, are scientist first and bloggers second. We have day jobs, and writing under a consistent pseudonym lets us build a reputation separate from our day jobs, and gives us some protection from judgy co-workers, google-happy prospective employers, and general-purpose haters.
Personally, I waffle a lot on how much identifying information I want to put out there–I always hesitate before posting something closely related to my own work, or before dropping hints about exactly where I work or went to school. Sometimes I feel paranoid for limiting myself like that, because it really does limit what I can write about. But then one of my friends will have some jerk take offense at their blog and go after them in real life, and suddenly it seems like I’m not careful enough.
What about you, dubiously-extant readers? For those of you who talk about your real-life interests online, how do you balance your privacy and your public persona?