People keep asking me why I don't write this ("cool," "fascinating," "high-quality" - the adjectives have been suggested by the readers) blog under my own name. The main reason is that I write very harsh - and very honest - stuff about college administrators, both at my own university and at other educational institutions. Don't get me wrong, I stand by every single word I have ever written about them. I have absolutely no problem with telling the administrators exactly what I think. Since the beginning of this semester, I've had separate meetings with 4 people at different levels of university administration. Unlike some other (mostly male) colleagues who toadied to those administrators like there was no tomorrow, I said exactly what I thought and as loudly as I wanted.
The difference between blogging and speaking face-to-face, though, is that a blog post cannot demand an answer from those who read it. If I were convinced that people I criticize have the courage of their opinions in the same degree that I do, I would have no problem writing under my own name. What I want to avoid is people reading what I have to say and then - instead of discussing things with me directly - retaliating behind my back and without my knowledge.