Close friends and others who come to this blog will spot quickly that I am operating under other than my actual name, despite openly posting mine and Dreamweavers pictures and so forth. The reason is that, being gay and half in, half out of the closet, we have made sure that a casual search could not lead, say, my father to my blog. He is a wonderful man in his early eighties, who I am very close to, but who is also virantly homophobic and rightwing paranoid conservative. The news that his beloved Christian daughter is also gay, and pagan (you might term me an Episcopagan!) would very likely break and destroy our relationship. Also I do a lot of my mural painting in churches, and will be setting up an artist's website soon to build business. Note the key word "church" there. I have actually been very fortunate that one church I have worked for and came out to embraced me and welcomed me. But I can't count on every church being like that. One other church dismissed any further mural work, after leadership changed and I feel that it was very much about my being gay. So...consider this a second identity where I can express all things about myself without reservation or concern.
Maybe one day not too far in the future as things change, all things may merge and not have to be hidden.