In light of my recent incidents involving Facebook, I recently got very worried about posting about, well, anything. When I looked at my incoming referer logs, it was clear that people had come this way from my Facebook page. Potentially a lot of people, based on the number of hits, though most likely only a couple who just browsed most of my blog. For a brief while, I was paranoid that all of my friends (at least, those who can see my Facebook timeline) would be heading this way to see what I’d written. Of cause, I clamped down on what could be seen very fast, and I think I limited the ‘damage’ (the only confirmed person who saw the blog I can cope with), but that didn’t make me feel that much better. Suddenly, the perceived safety of a pseudo-anonymous blog had vanished. Perhaps it was time to jack it all in.
Except, I then remembered why I set up this blog. I write here to express myself, to vent, and because I enjoy writing for its own sake. Sure, I might have blown my ‘cover’. Sure, someone I know may actually read this. I’ve realised it doesn’t matter. Because this blog is mine, not yours. I’m not breaking the law (as far as I know), so I can say what I like. You may not like it, but that’s tough. I still have enough shreds of plausible deniability left to protect me from other members of the Organisation, and ultimately, it’s a free country. As long as I’m not hurting someone, I can say what I like.
Of cause, this may not make me popular, but if I let that stop me, I’ve lost out, not them.
When I was thinking about all of this (and pondering over a few posts that I could write), an xkcd post comes to mind. I think it covers quite well my final conclusion. I think I’ll leave you with that, and, real-life permitting, normal service will resume shortly…
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.
If anyone has glanced at the side bar to the right, they’ll have noticed a new icon has appeared:
This year I’m going to be taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge. I will be trying to write a 50000 word novel in a month (click the image for more info).
I tried last year, and ended up getting left desperately behind. Hopefully, accepting this challenge in public may encourage me to try harder this time.
I’ll have to wait and see.