Loyal readers – all 150 of you – I’m changing my name.
For a long time, I thought I’d be loyal to this name forever. But now I have some things to say that I think are going to be controversial and could make my employers angry if they found out I was saying them. Call me paranoid, but the name I have been using is just one step too close to my real name for me to feel comfortable with it.
I have a post brewing about some systemic problems in daycare that I think need to be named. I don’t think these are unique to my specific employer or my specific area; I suspect they infect every part of the field. If ever I go back into academia, I’d consider doing a full-length study on this. If I don’t, I hope somebody else does.
I think I’m getting a bit of a reputation as a shit-disturber and a problem child because my need to ask questions and explore all angles on a problem can sometimes look like insubordination or obstinate selfishness, even when that isn’t my intention. So I’ll feel a lot safer saying what I need to say – on this and other subjects – if the name I use online has at least one more degree of separation from the name on my resume.
Henceforth, I’m Sal Valentine. You can find the blog you’ve been enjoying – same content, same author – at salciavalentine.wordpress.com going forward.