As part of deciding to start a blog, I had to also decide whether to blog anonymously or not. In an ideal world, I would have preferred to blog anonymously: it’s not that I am embarrassed of any of my opinions, but that doesn’t mean I am completely at ease with everyone knowing all my opinions. Even more so, there are several things that I would only feel comfortable blogging about anonymously: some obvious (complaints about my department); some less so (complaints about the grant process).
Ultimately, I made the decision to blog non-anonymously because I couldn’t imagine, in practice, maintaining my anonymity very long. I suspect that most of the people who [will] read this blog are people I would run into frequently, and it would just be too difficult for me to (1) not discuss what I just blogged about, and (2) not blog what I just talked about.