Meta blogging

I'd love to blog about the stuff that really matters to me – the amazing stuff I experience at work on a daily basis:
– the cool people vs. the nerds,
– politics,
– pranks,
– annoying children,
– my lovely, wonderful coworkers (definitely the best group of people with which I've ever worked—warts and all) and the shit they do to each other,
– diabolically evil management, often straight out of a Dilbert cartoon
– how to drink at one's desk,
– the subtlety of submitting expense reports,
– what it feels like when a coworker gets fired,
– how much I can get away with drinking at a work-sponsored event

These topics are off the top of my head but I swear "work" is simply an untapped goldmine of blogging.

But then again, I would get in trouble if I blogged openly and honestly about work. Justifiably so. You just don't air your company's dirty laundry on the internet—not that I have any actual dirty laundry on the company itself, but accurate descriptions of office happenings (yes, the sort of things that happen absolutely everywhere and are in no way unique) might sound life specific company dirty laundry. Also, it just doesn't make a damn bit of sense to hand people a stack of ammunition (see management description above).

So what do I do? Blog anonymously? That's certainly no fun. And also not very interesting. Anonymous blogs are universally boring, at least to me—who wants to read about "person X did so much blow at the dot com party last night, no wonder he's not in today" when "person X" is not even named? Could be absolutely anybody. Hell, it could be YOU.

So, my fellow VOXers, what the hell do I do?

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kimmers
    Apr 30, 2008 @ 17:54:00

    Start up an email list, like an old-style bulletin board – type up your observations, then instead of posting them on a blog, just send a group email. Obviously you'd have to do it from your personal computer…. Most employers monitor the content of personal emails from work.


  2. Jack Yan
    May 07, 2008 @ 16:12:00

    Timmy, I would fictionalize it all, give fake names to each person, and certainly disguise the industry you are in. I’m pretty sure that was the genesis of The Office. If it’s all about interaction, then make that the focus of your posting and never your firm.


  3. leave luck to heaven
    Jun 18, 2008 @ 07:59:00

    that's difficult if one works at an internet-oriented business.


  4. Jack Yan
    Jun 18, 2008 @ 15:18:00

    Maybe, in that case, change the industry as well? Many of these interactions are human—sadly—on- and offline.


  5. leave luck to heaven
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 08:19:00

    i think in this case its already too late for that. plus, we're talking about it publicly on his blog. 😛


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