I promised to open a thread about blogging, pseudonymity, and "handles." So here it is.
Queries: If you blog or comment under your full name, why? First name only? If you use a pseudonym, how did you choose it? What impression do you imagine your "handle" gives to others?
I blog under Hugo Schwyzer because it's my name. Having tenure doesn't mean I don't periodically wish I did have a pseudonymous blog! (My family's fascination with my circumcision post was a bit overwhelming, given that that revelation was news to lots of folks, including my own mother.) I realize that at times, I'm guilty of assuming that blogging under one's full name is indicative of courage, while the repeated use of pseudonyms indicates, well, the opposite. I acknowledge that's unfair.
So, have at it. Explain yourselves.