I’m choosing to weigh in on the latest pseudonym controversies just now, even though the peak rage has already passed. Besides, I know it will rise again, as soon as NatGeo Blogs officially dumps their pseudonymous bloggers, or when another network goes ape-shit on the this deceitful bunch, or when one of our fabulous pseudonymous sci-bloggers gets raked across the coals for cowardly hiding behind their pseud. So I figure I’m ahead of the curve in that regard (just go with it). Anyways, I’ve got a slightly different beef on which to chew, but more on that in a moment.
First, why do I blog pseudonymously? After all, people would take this blog more seriously if I used my *real* name, right? I mean, I could be a scary, deceitful, mischievous, BAD person behind this mysterious “Dr. O” shield!! No matter, most the people who read this blog don’t care that I blog pseudonymously. In fact, some readers have come to sort of, well, KNOW “Dr. O”. You could even say it’s become a household name (well, in a couple of households…I think…oh, who am I kidding, not even in my own household).
But seriously, a lot of younger peeps out there read this blog and far more superior ones like it for intel on what it’s like to be a scientist with a family, balancing job searches and pregnancy, combining a career in academic research with being a mom and wife. And, if it’s not clearly obvious, divulging my in-real-life identity could seriously compromise my recently revived tenure-track job search (especially when I spend most of my time blogging about how I don’t let my research take away from my family.) SOOO, I guess I don’t really care what other people think of “Dr. O”.
Except I do. A little bit, anyways. A few months ago, a #sci-mom movement, intended to better engage the mommy blogging and sciblogging communities, gained some traction. I thought “hey, why don’t I try and take this on, for realzzz!?!?”. I wrote up a fabulous post, got my pseudo-blogging self registered on TMB, and started perusing/commenting on the Mom Blogs. I moved forward full steam, thinking this was the best idea since sliced bread.
But when I tried to chat with some of the non-pseudonymous mommy bloggers out there, I sort of got the cold shoulder. I know, some (most?) of this is just due to the fact they don’t know “Dr. O” yet (it did take more than a few months to build the “Dr. O” name up in the sci-blogging community). Though I sort of wonder if they ever will. Can they, will they ever trust Dr. O, or will I always come across like a unscrupulous blogging goon?
I sometimes ponder coming out and blogging under my *real* name, but then I wake up and realize what a spectacularly STUPID idea that would be right now. So Dr. O it is, for now at least. I don’t know that Dr. O will ever be taken seriously in the mommy blogging community, but I’d like to keep trying, if only to pick up a few new mommy peeps out there. Maybe I’ll earn a couple mommy bloggy friends? Maybe before Monkey is all growed up and I’m a sci-grandma blogger? We’ll see…
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