Googled my own name tonight, out of boredom. Fortuately, nothing related to me comes up in many pages of Google results.
Because that can pretty much only be a bad thing, unless you make your living by name recognition. Those of us who have to maintain non-notorious employment prospects cannot be helped by having private activity easily avaulable to potential employers.
Regardless of whether that activity is moral, ethical, legal, or not, a blank space where your personal life should be is just easier
in our current litigious and overly-PC society.
I maintain a pretty thin veil of anonymity on this blog- plenty of people know who I am, and my personal friends and closer work acquaintences know of it and sometimes, they even read it. I even have pictures available through links and on the page, and if you had a legal reason to, you could find my name through accounts that I link to.
I just don't throw my actual, legal name all over this place because it won't really make my writing any more valid, and it would have the potential to adversely affect my employment prospects, and I have people depending on me to bring home the bacon. I can't afford to be black-balled.
Fortunately, we're still relatively free in our speech here, unlike some other places.
I don't use my nom de plume to hide behind while I make personal attacks on anyone, I don't need to conceal my identity from any legal actions because I don't libel anyone here- I usually try to keep it pretty civil, in fact. This doesn't mean I think others are foolish to reveal their names,
it just doesn't work for me at this time. I wish them well, and respect their committment to what they feel is important.