When I started this blog, I took a conscious decision that I would be completely open about who I am. That is to say that I wouldn’t use a false name to try to be anonymous just because I’m online.
I did that because I believe quite strongly that if something is the right thing to do, or the right thing to say, then you should do it, or say it; whatever the personal consequences may be.
Working as I do in education, youth work and social care, though, this policy can make posting blogs about work a challenge. I have a committment to the young people I work with, a duty of care which means that I have to be careful that nothing I post could identify or in any way endanger any of them.
And that’s even before my moral (and contractual) duty to my employers and organisations I volunteer with.
Because the internet is not anonymous, we should all use common sense about what we post online. Personally I use the ‘grandmother test’ – which is to say that I always ask myself if my grandmother would be happy to see something that I post, before I post it. And if the answer is ‘no’ then it doesn’t get online.
What all of this means is that there are many things I would like to post about, but can’t. I have to leave a decent amount of time after incidents in work, and find ways to suitably anonymise my posts before I publish them – and that’s not easy!
If you’re really interested in the do’s and don’ts of blogging – then Brain Kellett (one of my favourite bloggers and well worth a read) has an excellent post on “How To Blog And Not Lose Your Job” which I would highly recommend.
And if you’re not interested then you probably shouldn’t be blogging, to be honest.