Anyone who knows me in real life and has stumbled on my blog has recognized me after reading about two posts. And bloggers from Snowstorm region usually figure out pretty quickly where I am from because I am always describing the local landscape. So I am used to getting emails from people who live in my area or who know me in real life. I have only once had a blogger out me by giving someone else my real name (with, I might add, disastrous consequences), but I've outed myself through my writing any number of times. It's always interesting to watch how this process works – the ways in which people figure out who I am.
Last night I got an email from an academic blogger, someone I've never met, who teaches at Snowstorm University. She told me she reads my blog and figured out pretty quickly that Snowstorm City was indeed Snowstorm City. Then she noticed this "quiet, long-haired very smart dude" in her class and thought immediately of my son. Of course, I have never shown his face on my blog, but she figured out who he was from my descriptions of him.
I asked Boy in Black the name of his teacher, and yep, she does indeed have him in her class. Boy in Black doesn't read my blog – none of my boys do – but he has often teased me about it. So when I told him that his teacher was a blogger who read my blog, he just laughed and rolled his eyes. "That figures."