It seems to be the common trend now on the Internet.. Who has a blog? Do your employees have a blog? What are they hiding? What are they really thinking when they go to your office for a meeting about how messed up their final product is and can’t put two sentences together to save their life! Can you as a boss learn more about your employees’ daily lives and thoughts by reading their blog? I am writing about this because I browse a lot and read a LOT of blogs a day. I think I averaged it out that at least 90 minutes of my day is dedicated to blog reading, and I have a list of many. (I know I don’t comment on every blog, sorry guys, but I do read it!) I am one of those people who want to know how others think and how in reality we are really all similar to one another. So I read Dooce’s blog daily. (Not my ultimate favorite blog, so I am not ahead of the game.. that’s tomorrow! ) I love the daily pictures she posts, and I was reading the about me page, (which many of you avoid to read to know the blogger better.) So you daily obsessed bloggers know that she got fired from her job because of her blog a few years ago and started a big blogger controversy about how much freedom can a blogger really have?
So she wrote this interesting quote,
My advice to you is BE YE NOT SO STUPID. Never write about work on the internet unless your boss knows and sanctions the fact that YOU ARE WRITING ABOUT WORK ON THE INTERNET.
I thought it was interesting and actually true..
I think not telling your boss could be a problem in the future. (They will find out sooner or later.) However, what if you told your co-workers? If they know about your blog they can easily blackmail you. I think that is where the problems really start. How many people know about it and how much can you get in trouble for it?
On on a more positive note, a lot of companies encourage their employees to have a blog. Unfortunetly, I have seen many that are not personal but more of development and news about events and stuff the company is holding. It is still interesting to read an employee’s take on thing. It really is. We always read the top view of things, but never the bottom where it is a lot more interesting to read.
What I encourage others to do, even if you don’t have a blog is to start one. It is simple, easy, and free. If you spend time reading blogs, then writing your own is not that hard at all. (You spend numerous hours chatting on MSN!) I know most of you say, “I don’t have time.” “I don’t know what to talk about.” “My life is so boring, who wants to read it?”
You know what I say about that, GROW UP and do something productive with your time. Some people out there really could be interested in what you have to stay. It will also teach you a few writing skills for sure! And you won’t believe how many people I see in the library just sitting there reading other people’s blogs! It’s scary!
A blog reader’s question:
“But Mona, you are telling us it is ok, and you have a blog too. Does your boss know?”
YES! So leave me the hell alone and I like writing and bitching and complaining about my life! I am mentality disturbed suffering from Major Depression and use writing as a means to speak out! I have hard time talking. My boss knows I am completely crazy and a wacko, and no I don’t regret ever telling him about it! Right boss?
Case closed! Anyone else has a blog that I don’t know about and want me to become a reader? It has to be a real blog and not an artificial one that just steals news from other news sites and blogs. It is just boring and I really don’t like those.
It means “pleasure taken from someone else’s misfortune.” loool
Yes I am evil.. muwahahaha.. Oh man.. I need a drink.. and sugar. A lot of SUGAR! It will calm me down a bit.. Pheww.. I got a little excited there.