Just a quick thought as I have encountered this several times and saw it again tonight as I was reviewing some comments on the site. Some people have to let go of this personal attack about not posting under your real name. It is a childish way to attack someone when you know darn well that posting under one’s own name carries inherent risk. Allow me to share a quick story with all of you that solidified my position and reinforced that I made the right decision to do so myself…
A good friend of mine writes a political blog. He is a staunch Libertarian and he regularly writes articles that rip apart the positions of both the Republicans and the Democrats. He writes under his real name.
Last year he was out of a job after his company downsized. He hit the market to find another. He applied for a job with a mid-size company (roughly 5k employees) and was granted the interview. He interviewed and everything went great. They loved him. They called the next day to offer him the position and a good salary.
Two days later they called him and rescinded the offer. The recruiter informed him that they had done a google search on his name, found his blog, read it, and disliked what he had to say about “their” party (which happened to be the GOP in this instance).
So what fool, in today’s tough job market, would voluntarily write on such a controversial and emotional topic such as politics and use their own name. In today’s world, the google search during the job process has become standard practice. I do it when I hire people. So you would have to be a complete idiot to limit your own opportunities by putting your thoughts out there for potential employers to find.
Let me tell you, the people where I work don’t even know I write anything political or what my blog is. I don’t think they would have a problem with it, but I cannot be positive. I can’t risk my livelihood in order to satisfy some ridiculous standard that I must write under my real name or be labeled a hypocrite or a coward.
It isn’t cowardice. It is smart decision making in the new labor environment that we are forced to operate in. I would think that those who despise corporations so much and label them constantly as willing to screw the working man, would have some semblance of understanding this risk and thus understanding why so many of us make the choice we do to post under something other than our real names.
So knock it off. This has been explained many times here at SUFA. Continuing to expect that it will be explained each time you choose to level this baseless claim is counter-productive. If you think someone is a moron, that is one thing. But in this case, the reasons for protecting one’s privacy are self evident in a country where privacy is a shrinking commodity.