I have a friend who recently started an OS blog. I won't tell you his name. Unfortunately, he is using his real name. AND his recent picture.
I already gave this advice to my friend, who ignored it. I now give it to anyone who reads this. PLEASE don't ever use your real name or picture on a blog.
A few years ago, I did that. I didn't know any better. I lost a job because of it. My blog wasn't sexual or political. It seemed innocent to me. But it had my real name and photo on it, so it scared my employer. Because I had a blog (any kind of blog) I was a security risk. I was fired for having it (for having had it) even though I deleted it in its entirety and then canceled the account.
I learned the hard way; you don't have to. OS is wonderful. Everyone, jump in the pool and blog. But please, for the sake of your financial and/or academic future, PLEASE use a pseudonym and a fake picture (if you use one at all).
This has been a PSA from Eva T!