I'm not sure that part of what I was trying to convey in last night's blog post came across as I intended. I didn't mean to imply that writers should not be authentic or not tell their story. What I was trying to say was, I hope writers consider the ramifications of telling too much and that they put thought into whether some things should be made public. Once you hit Publish, it's too late to think about it.
I suppose I think about this more these days since my name is right there in my URL. It doesn't take a real clever mind to figure out who the author of this site is. Back when I blogged anonymously, I still made an effort to limit the amount of negativity I spread but I worried less about anything I wrote coming back to hurt my personal or professional life.
I remember when we all first started using Twitter, and even Facebook, we would use our blog names and other aliases before even considering putting our actual identities online. In the past couple of years, that's all shifted and we're being more open with who we are. It's a great thing in most respects but does add a layer of risk that we're all learning to manage. It requires a balance between telling the truth in everything you write and knowing when not to write everything you know to be true.