I generally write about pretty much anything that happens to be in my head at the moment. This should be pretty clear to anyone who checks up on this space on an even semi-regular basis. I generally like to post about my experiences with funding agencies because I think that can be helpful to people dealing with similar issues. Just browsing the last month or so, I post about family, teaching, random sciencey stuff and even mentoring.
But there are some topics that I don't touch on. Specifically, I avoid topics where I criticize anyone who works for me. Why? It's simple, really.
How would you feel if you found out that your boss, who is a key player in your training and future in your career, was using a public website to openly and in a detailed way, complain about your perceived weaknesses? What if they were comparing you to lab mates and even posting a poll about which one of you were likely to succeed? Or maybe they describe you as petulant and childish.
Worse yet, what if word spread about this website and many in your department read all about what a fuck up your PI thinks you are? How would that effect your relationship with your advisor? What about with other grad students? Other faculty members? Could it jeopardize your credibility in your department, or even your degree? It probably depends on how much has been written and what was said, but there is certainly no ignoring it.
The fact of the matter is that using a pseudonym is a pretty thin veil when it comes to one's identity. Every once in a while someone puts the pieces together, a blogger gets outed at work and the shit hits the fan if they had been writing things that might be politically problematic.
Of course, when you're in the power seat, it's just some trainees who get burned, amiright?