a double-edged sword
a situation or course of action having both positive and negative effects
I have deliberately not mentioned my real name, or the organisation I volunteer for. There are advantages and disadvantages to this.
One of the biggest advantages is that I can pretty much say what I like (as long as it isn’t libellous) and I won’t bring the Organisation into disrepute. I can complain about how the Organisation works, grumble about my fellow volunteers or gripe about the young people I work with, and most people won’t know who I mean. (I say most deliberately. With enough hard work, nobody is anonymous on the Internet…)
It also makes maintaining patient confidentiality much easier. If you don’t know where I have been treating, or even when (few of my posts go out immediately), it makes identifying my patients almost impossible. So long as I don’t write about anything unique (and I seriously doubt I’ll get anything truly unique), they could be anyone in any town in any county. Which is the way I like it.
The latter also gives a disadvantage. I attend quite a few high-profile events. If I was to specifically mention a couple of them, it wouldn’t be difficult to work out my Organisation. Mentioning a few others would localise me to a county, if not a town. Which would likely blow my cover quite quickly. Any of these would severely limit what I felt I could write about. And that would be that.
So some of my stories will stay under my hat. Unfortunately, those are usually the good ones…