Now there are times when blogging about your job is necessary. You might be the person who is supposed to do it, but then you have some guidelines to follow when blogging about work, if it is your job. In most cases, blogging about your work is not a good idea. If your employers don’t like what you wrote, poof! There goes your job. Consider the economy before posting things on your blog about your employers. Remember future employers may be reading your blog as well.
Even if you are unemployed and bitter about it, it is not a good idea to blog about your former employers. Litigation aside, prospective employers can and probably will find your blog on the internet. If you have railed against your former employer, well, they might not want to hire you. Bitterness will count against you. It would in any case. If you must rail against your layoff, firing, or whatever, do it in your favorite word processer, get it out of your system and then delete it. It will be safer for your future to do that. There’s not much of a market for bitter bloggers.
Another reason to be careful about what you blog about your workplace is the effect on your co-workers, should they read it and take offense. This is especially true if you blog about the gossip going around the office. This may lead to libel suits and hard feelings. While you might not lose your job over it, you could lose friends and that would be worse. Blogging about who did what at the office Christmas party could lose you the esteem and regard of your co-workers. A small amount of personal humor and entertainment could make your life a living hell. Remember, your co-workers know where you work. Your friends know where you live.
If you feel that you must blog about something that happened at work, or that you heard about someone at work, it is probably a good idea to use no names and make sure that you have never mentioned the name of your employer. Ask yourself if you really want to make your life miserable, or more miserable than it already is, by posting things about your job, workplace or co-workers online. Whether you believe this or not, things on the internet are traceable.
The workplace can be a target for blogging because it is where most adults spend a lot of their time. It’s an easy target for finding something to talk about; however, it does have its traps. Blogs are public and you can’t always control who reads them. If you make your blog a private one that only you have access to, why bother? You could just keep a journal the way that I do. I place my private thoughts into my journal every day. Some of what I put in my journal could easily be made public, should I choose to but only thoughts that I know can be public without doing any harm to anyone goes into my blog.