So, employers are getting blog-savvy and checking up on job candidates.
People who write on their Web sites about their fondness for blunts, binge drinking, and blowing things up are idiots who don't deserve jobs.
That said, the subject of Web anonymity and the lack of same makes me a little uneasy. When I started this blog two years ago, I identified myself as "Jim D." After about six or eight months, I decided to use my real name. I figured, what the heck? Maybe an old college friend will track me down.
But as time has gone on, I realize that outing myself like that could have unintended consequences. I took down one post about a certain culty religion after I started getting antagonistic comments when another blog linked to it--I really don't want to find a snake in my mailbox, and given the use of my real name and the fact that I've mentioned my geographic area more than a few times, it would be very easy to find me.
I also took down an early post about Boss Appreciation Day. It was, um, not terribly appreciative. There are a few people at work who know I keep this blog, though only one visits regularly that I know of. But that particular post probably would not have endeared me to those above me in the hierarchy here if it had been spread. So down it came.
Topic for discussion, should you care to chime in: Do you use your real name on your blog--and why or why not? Have you ever taken down something because of possible repercussions?