I ask because as the new school year begins, I’m considering starting a pseudonymous blog instead of (or in addition to) this one. Blogging (academic and otherwise) has changed since I first started the old blog in March of 2003. And my life has changed drastically since then as well. I no longer feel like I’m a part of the academic blogging conversation. WorkBook has largely been personal the last few months, which is ironic given that I started it with the intention of making it even less personal than Thanks…Zombie was. Clearly I need to blog about personal stuff, but I’m not sure this is the best venue for it or that you are the best audience for it.
I’m sorry for subjecting you to such angst-ridden, video-indulgent posts over the summer. Some major revelations and realizations took place recently, though, and somehow I woke up a week ago in a very good mood that is not going away. I feel good. I feel optimistic. I’m excited about the new semester. I can see myself using WorkBook to write about my teaching and research, but the personal stuff is going to be more problematic.
Here’s why: much of the tumult of my recent life has grown out of my marriage, divorce, and subsequent related events. And soon, I’ll be going on actual dates with actual people. I very much need to write about these things in a blogging environment with reader response. But since it’s not too hard to figure out who I am (and more importantly, since some of my readers know the other people involved in the tumult of my recent life), it’s not fair to these other people to write frankly about personal stuff. So I’m toying with the idea of a pseudonymous academic/personal blog.
What do you think? (And even if you have nothing to say but are still reading my blog, please leave a comment so I have an idea of my readership.)