Two of my regular reads: TinyNose and The Portable Princess are now ensconced in new digs. Both of them felt the need to move based on the discoveries and/or suggestions of others in their "real worlds." Within the last year, I know that Mr. McNamar over at The Daily Grind and Coach Brown at A Passion for Teaching and Opinions had to face some real world opinions about their blogs. They do seem to be the exception to the rule, however, in the sense that they do keep their actual names on their blogs. Most of us create some sort of alias.
Do I worry about being "outed"? Occasionally. But there are people in my district who know I write this (such as my Boss Lady) and stop by once in awhile to read. One of them asked me if I was ever concerned about someone seeing something here that they didn't like or thought shouldn't be posted. It's possible, but my basic rule of thumb is to not say something here that I wouldn't say to someone's face (not that I use anyone's real name). They might not like my opinions, although I think they would be fair enough to admit that I don't appreciate all of theirs, either. I hope that they would understand that they are personal opinions about professional situations. I do stray from that from time to time.
So why use an alias? I think it has to do with trying to maintain some distance and privacy. Teachers, after all, tend to be semi-public figures. In our communities, we are often in contact with the families who use our schools and it can be rare to have any sort of anonymity. This virtual space is separate spot to organize and communicate without the direct influence of the parents, kids, and staff I regularly see. I like that.
In the end, I guess that all of us edubloggers have to make some hard choices about what we share and who we share it with---both on-line and in the daily lives. For those of you who have had to move around because you were outed (or almost outed), best wishes for your new homes. May you have as much anonymity as you desire.