A couple days ago 9rules Member Bryan Veloso wrote an interesting piece asking the question Am I Condemning Myself? It goes on to talk about how blogging can effect your career and it kind of sucks to think that once you pursue something with a passion you have to restrain yourself somewhat as to avoid any trouble. Now I understand the consequences of talking about work (either positively or negatively) and bad-mouthing co-workers, but what if you are talking about non-related stuff? Do you still have to worry?
It seems we live in an age of conflict. We scream for privacy yet are willing to throw all of our information onto dating sites and Myspace with the hopes of getting a little something, something. We want the freedom to talk about what we want, but that doesn’t include when people talk bad about us. If you caught one of your employees running an erotic blog what would you do and I ask this from the perspective of being a manager.
Whenever you write a passionate piece do you think of not only the short-term ramifications, but the long-term ones as well? It’s easy to say well we shouldn’t work for people who base our careers solely by what happens online because they don’t understand the new age of information we are in, but we know the world doesn’t work like that. Maybe in a couple more years when the last remnants of the old guard remain we can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with our lives, but till then it’s sad to think that we must always watch our footsteps, even when we know they aren’t treading on anybody’s path but our own.