Here we go again. A year ago, Blizzard decided it would be a terrific wheeze to force people to reveal their real names when posting on the WOW forums, despite the obvious problems of harassment that could lead to.
Now it seems to be Google's turn to have a fit of July madness. According to The Register, using your real name will be mandatory for anyone using Google+ and you'll have to prove your ID with a passport or other official document. My answer to that is the same as my answer to Blizzard and Facebook:
I do not choose to give you my personal information for you to hawk around the internet to any fruitcake who takes a random dislike to what I say. It is not there for prospective employers to Google and decide that they don't want the kind of weirdo that writes about video games. I will not hand over information to "prove" who I am that could be used for identity theft
if when you get hacked, either.
My identity as a blogger and my identity in real life are completely separate and keeping that separation is more important to me than carrying on using Blogger. So if this blog stops updating or vanishes randomly at some point in the future, you'll know why. I won't co-operate with the gradual erosion of privacy on the internet and I suggest that you don't either.