What Not to Write About on Your Weblog
Keep in mind that sometimes prospective employers or your boss might do a search to see what they can dig up about you. Even if you are posting something just for your friends, a group you belong to, or to express yourself, remember that other audiences can potentially see what you write. Some of those people might have the power to hire you—or to put your application in the discard pile. Heather Armstrong is a blogger who was famously fired from her job for snarky comments she made about co-workers on her blog. Now she runs dooce, a popular mommy blogging site, and is laughing all the way to the bank.
Don’t get fired posting things that make you or your company look bad. Don’t use your blog to vent about your crappy job or stupid boss. You may assume the people you insult won’t ever see your blog, but don’t count on it. If you’re not sure how someone you’re talking about will respond to what you post, it’s probably best to leave out the names and keep revealing details vague. You might work at Wal-Mart and enjoy making fun of the weird customers you see in your store, but if your supervisor sees it, you’ll be blogging for a living.