The Wandering Scientist reads my "reflections" post and says I left out #scimom's who don't work in academia. It's a valid point. And she's been paying attention to this a lot longer than I have - and not just because she's actually a #scimom. Back in 2009 she put together perhaps the first #scimom list.
She says academic #scimoms can be more visible in the blogosphere and are more able to write about their work. And she says being a mom prompts some to take you less seriously at work. I think perspectives vary a bit on this (the CEO of the company where I work is a proud mom and grandmother), though I understand her point.
I'm curious to know what #scimoms think. The impression I get is a lot of #scimoms write under a pseudonym whether they're academic or not. Again just my impression but I get the feeling that anonymity has declined in the mom-o-sphere generally as it's grown more commercialized, but #scimom's still see a significant downside to sharing their names.
I know this topic has been the subject of much discussion at ScienceOnline and elsewhere. I come from a different online community - public relations and issues management - where transparency is paramount and hiding your identity means hiding your true interests. So it's hard for me to accept. But that doesn't make this any less real. Again, curious to know more about what others think.