I wrote about this a while back, but I am having serious thoughts about my pseudo-anonymous blogging policy.
Under no circumstances am I going to give out my real name, or where these events happen in the country. That’s too much of a risk to me, and makes it more difficult to protect the confidentiality of my patients. If someone seriously wants to find these things out, they probably can, but even if they do I have plausible deniability on my side (the fictionalised elements of all my treatment stories also seriously help), if nothing else.
That said, I have had serious thoughts about revealing who I volunteer for. I recognise that it puts me in a compromising situation, I certainly haven’t pulled my punches on here. However, it also lets me openly support some of the wonderful work and campaigns the Organisation run. And while I know my comments aren’t going to make a real different to the Organisation, I do recognise that even little things can have far-reaching and unintended consequences.
I think (after actually writing this out) I might leave things as they are for the moment. Reading back, my reasons for changing just aren’t strong, while my reasons for staying the same (not least, patient confidentiality) are. Sounds like a conclusion to me.