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August 18, 2017

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FWIW: I have been in two situations where my identity as a blogger became known -- once, it wasn't stated, but a sudden flare in exposure made me vulnerable; once I was involved in a controversy with some other bloggers, I was threatened with doxxing, and I outed myself to prevent that.

So now I'm pseudonymous but my name is known. I'm not abandoning this pseudonym, though, as I have too much invested in it. There are some advantages (freedom from anxiety) but it has also definitely narrowed what I am willing to say on certain topics. I think that to some extent, though, the process of writing pseudonymously has increased my capacity to accept negative responses to my blogging, such that the things that really bothered me about writing under my own name several years ago would not be at issue now. (I'm also no longer a public employee, which makes a difference.)

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Who is this What Now?

  • I'm an English teacher at Fabulous Girls' School (FGS). I'm a convert to Judaism. I am partner to D. We live in an adorable, messy little house in Adventure City. Two cats -- the Muse and the Contemplative -- live with us and keep life at home plenty adventurous.

    Email me at whatnowblogger at yahoo dot com.

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