Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Safety of anonymity

I had a blog of my own with my name on it. But, somehow I felt restricted. I knew people in this small town would eventually figure out that I was talking about them. And, it's not like they're bad people, but sometimes you get frustrated and just have to vent. Some people would say cowardice, but I think that being anonymous has a certain freedom to it.

4 comments:

communityhealthcare said...

I agree! that is a very good point. i am considering doing just that, even though at this point my first name shows. as new as i am, i may change it so that i also, have the freedom you are talking about.

difficult patient said...

I totally agree! ;o) . . .I wouldn't want anyone to know my identity!

Liana said...

I thought about making my blog anonymous but I think that if I can't say something online without feeling funny about it, knowing that people know who I am, maybe I shouldn't be saying it.

I guess I feel that it keeps me in line. I've always tried to err on the side of caution when it comes to discussing patients online, plus I think that people who read my blog are probably more interested in the non-medical side of my life as a resident... people watch Grey's Anatomy after all, and I think they appreciate it for the soap opera drama, not the medical stuff.

But you are right about the freedom that comes with anonymity.

Anonymous said...

I have to admit.. I am looking back to your old posts... how fun!!!
I hear you on the anonymous thing and I think that especially in the field that we are in it is best not to have our names attached to anything (unless it is being published).
You have come such a long way in your blogging. Congrats!
Not a medical blog, eh ;)