I have been offered an opportunity to be a contributor to a blog on a very large, well established website for a very well known firearms periodical. As someone who grew up reading this magazine, along with several others- this is a huge deal for me. I'm very excited for the opportunity.
They want me to use my real name. This is something I have not done since I was a dumb kid in college- as a matter of fact, last time I egosurfed my name, I found a post I made on a military vehicles message board my freshman year in college. I like to compartmentalize my online life- even to the point that I use a different name on message boards than I do on the blog.
I know that nothing done online is truly private, and if any one of you wanted to really know who I am, you could do it. You could probably get back to me with my shoe size, amazon purchase history, and what kind of naughty stuff I look at online. I'm not worried about that.
Here is what worries me- My 'day job' is a customer facing deal where I interact with fairly tech savvy individuals in a very liberal industry. I am concerned that someone Googles my name, and coming up with an article that states why the .30 Carbine is my choice for Zombies, why the CZ-75 kicks the Glock's butt, or solutions for daily carry while wrangling pre-schoolers.
I don't want this great opportunity to be the cause of me losing my job or impacting my ability to provide for my family.
Suggestions? Should I use initials, or my middle name? Just 'come out' and stop hiding behind screen names? Create another nom de plume, or do the Mike Venturino thing and just start saying "Oh, everyone calls me this really cool nickname, and always has. Seriously."
Help a blogger out.