Anonymity is derived from the Greek word, meaning 'without a name', and more originally meaning ‘without law’. Overall it’s thought that both anonymity and pseudonymity are concepts that are concerned with hiding a person's legal identity, others believe it’s the tradition of blogging that keeps the writer anonymous.
Some of the American weblog gurus (for example, David Weinberger) tell us that weblogs are all about identity and the contents of the blog is secondary to the self-expression of the individual who writes them. The exception to this rule he offers are bloggers who are “living in countries where they might face repression or political pressure if they posted under their own name.” Obviously it’s up to the individual if they want to put their name to their writing or not, but it’s noteworthy that the majority of UK medical bloggers choose to write under the cover of anonymity. Below is a list of medical bloggers, which is by no means exhaustive, whose blogs I read and enjoy:
NHS Blog Doctor
A Forunate Man
Dr Rant, and his team Dr Cardigan, Dr Blue, Dr Brown, Rev Dr Green, Dr Mustard, Mr Orange, Dr Pink, Dr Purple, Mr Salmon, Dr White and Dr Informed
Life in the NHS
The Paper Mask
I don't have the answer to why medical bloggers tend to be anonymous, but merely highlight it as a matter of interest. Any comments or thoughts welcomed.