And at the same time, I wanted the freedom to be able to say "My boss was a total asshole today" without anyone going "Oh, he's talking about
Of course, I was made redundant last year. Redundancy doesn't mean a complete severance of connections with the old employer, it's not like being fired. SBS made me sign a few forms, and they paid me a fairly decent redundancy payment, in return for keeping to the agreement. I can probably get away with publishing my name without putting any noses out of joint, given it's been just over a year now, but... but I'm reluctant to.
To begin with, I'm working again, and the new employer - while not discouraging blogging - is an actual publisher, and I happen to strongly disagree with a large proportion of what they publish. Really disagree. And then there's the fact that the "I want to say my boss is an asshole" thing is still something I want.
The downside of posting under a pseudonym is that you don't get taken as seriously as you do when posting under your real name - I'm not entirely sure I agree, an argument is an argument, it's either right or wrong, and there's a difference between posting entirely anonymously (where you can't tell what the person has posted before) and sticking with a consistent pseudonym. There's also a certain amount of risk - you're generally inclined to post more openly under the pseudonym, but it certainly wouldn't be hard for someone to connect my posts to me.
I finally did get a Google+ invite, so I'm on it, but not as squiggleslash. Google+ bans pseudonymity, so I have to be "myself". But, well, of course I'm not going to be "myself". Myself is someone I can't expose on the Internet, not under my name, not completely anyway, any more than anyone can be themselves at their office.
Still, I like Google+. The circles thing is one of the easiest privacy things I've seen, I think they've done a good job, and I'll be making a concerted effort to make it work for me.